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North of England Regional Championships - 3rd Section LIVE!

Sunday 18 March, 2018

3rd Section

Sunday 18 March

Test-piece: Napoleon on the Alps (Philip Harper)

Draw: 9.00am (commences 10.30pm)

Adjudicators: Mareika Gray and John Roberts

Anne Crookston reporting 

  

Results

1. Barton Community (Gary Oglesby)

2. Knaresborough Silver (Nick Garrett)

3. Ellington Colliery (Claire Winter)

Best Cornet - Ellington

Best Percussion - Ellington

 

  

8. Backworth Colliery (Colin Harris)

A bit of a different set-up for Backworth, I wonder will it pay off? Another depleted band with only 5 cornets – this will  be a tough ask. They set off at a brisk pace – possibly too quick to hear real detail from the basses. Troms keep their tuning well under control. A brave effort from this ensemble – there’s a real mix of age and experience. Some of the challenges of this piece are proving a bit beyond them today. I love this spirit though. For a smaller band their tutti sound is not bad. A little underpowered through the Great St. Bernard’s Pass. Principal cornet looks about 10 years old – bravo young fella! Nice detail in troms in the our stately section. Although we have some nervy sounds, they deliver their solo lines fairly securely. They’re getting tired not in these tutti lines – just losing a little flow. However, the solo cornet is a wee star, well done! On the home straight now – this is as brave an effort as I’ve ever heard. It won’t feature in the top three – but they’re here. The definitely get the Order of Napoleon for bravery.

7. Murton Colliery (David Conway)

A really steady tempo – and we’re losing a little of the bass line detail, troms mainly in tune though. Euphs are quite out of tune in their initial entries. Cornets are quite depleted – there are only 7, they will definitely have their work cut out. Tutti sound is not bad at all, and we hear a good bit of articulation detail. Solid entries in the build to St. Bernard – not the loudest timp we’ve had today – loses a little detail. Lovely work on flugel, but euph is oh so flat. Principal cornet hands over nicely to the somewhat austere stately section. This could flow a bit – however it moves on without incident. Solo lines are delivered securely – and the sop shines (we’ve had some good ones today). Solid band sounds from letter M – but still intonation sits a bit uncomfortably. They’re finding some music in the closing moments – this is good, however euphs are struggling a little – intonation is fighting with everything. Good works horns and troms. Nice declamatory style principal cornet – well shaped. A little faster than the march earlier on – (probably closer to what it should have been). Well done percussion you take the tempo up nicely, but a couple of wee errors in solo cornet entry. The march is on secure ground. The quintet could be more balanced (more Eb Bass needed I think) but we’re marching on safely now. Probably not a contender today – too many issues with intonation – euphs in particular – a tough ask with only 7 cornets, well done for your work today!

6. Barton Community (Gary Oglesby)

A little hefty in the bassline, but troms are nicely in tune – confident entries in horns, cornets and neat ensemble all around, including percussion. (Just a quick mention for the Einstein and Jacques Cousteau look a likes in the bass line!). The tempo is maintained well as the lyrical entries are built. Tutti band sounds are well balanced and we hear good detail (rushed triplets? OK I’ll get off the high horse!) Good, well-organised build to the Great St. Bernard Pass – nice work on timp – the transition works well. Solid solo cornet leads nicely to the stately section (although a couple of ragged entries in cornets). This is nicely in tune and well shaped – good stuff, it’s going well. Some really shaky solo entries, but the band recovers well – the sop is singing nicely and the lines are flowing well. Declamatory principal cornet – well done and we return to the opening march tempo – all well organised. Uniform handovers and trom in tune – great stuff. Percussion takes us up to the new tempo nicely – a sensible one as well! (Tutti band sounds are a little rough though – careful!) The quintet is well balanced, but don’t overdo it solo cornets. On the final leg of the journey and the band is on an Alpine high. Great close. Another great journey –this will be in there today.

5. Ellington Colliery (Claire Winter)

Lovely start – well controlled and although troms are a little out of tune, the attention to detail in rhythms is noted. Nicely built in horns – there is a good sense of this gradual build. Some scratchy entries in cornet – not altogether in tune – but still a sense that they’re trying to tell the story. AT LAST – someone who is trying to ply the triplets accurately – great stuff. #itsnotjustmethen Like the full band sound at Great St. Bernard Pass – admirable approach to uniform articulation – great stuff. Flugel a little nervy – solo cornet, just watch the tuning on your lower register. Nicely shaped dynamics in the stately section. The music could flow a little more here, but I appreciate the shapes the MD is trying to create in the music. Securely delivered solo lines from solo cornet, horn, euph and sop! We’re going well here. I think this is the first time I’ve heard the reference to Eroica today – great stuff back row. Warm tutti band sound – but keep thinking about the intonation in cornets. Keep putting air through those instruments! Principal cornet delivers securely – bravo, we’re on the home stretch now. Handovers in the middle aren’t quite seamless, but good work elsewhere. Keep it together percussion – the tempo is fluctuating a little – slightly heavy handed on those cymbals there! Eb Bass just gets lost a little for me in the quintet but we’re back on track and heading for home. Well organised approach to the final moments. Not without some tricky wee moments, but a fantastic effort – well led by MD Claire Winter – best story telling today.

4. Swinton and District Excelsior (Robin Rutter)

A shade loud to open, but it’s a steady tempo – troms are mainly in tune. WE lose some of the clarity in the horn entries, but when it gets going it begins to sound more confident. This opening is a tricky one! Cornets and euphs shape their lyrical lines nicely. Tutti band ensemble isn’t quite as one, but we’re not hearing the same intonation issues that plagued some of the performances. A little rough round the Great Saint Bernard Pass – but transitioned well – principal cornet hands over nicely. Shapes are well organised, but … intonation in lower muted cornets – it’s gonna get you! Nice work on flugel and horns – the lines begin to flow. Some nervousness in the solo entries from horn and euph, but lovely sop sound! This slow movement is exposing some insecure intonation. Loving that sop work – she’s really singing across the band. Still… there is some organisation in the musical lines and dynamic shaping. Great work principal cornet – best one we’ve heard so far and a return to the opening tempo! The sustained handovers aren’t quite in tune but there is a sense of menace in the trom work. Brilliant the percussion have found the new tempo! Now let’s maintain it! Ah – what a shame – the quintet just comes apart. We’re back on form in the tutti march with some great work in euphs and baris. Cornets are working hard – but it’s an unblended sound and sounds a bit rough in places. A confident close. MD – STAND YOUR BAND UP AT THE END!!

3. Jayess Newbiggin (Andrew Griffiths)

A steady march and fairly clear detail in basses. Troms are nicely in tune – first hurdle crossed! Some ragged entries though in cornets and horns – but we’re well underway. Nice lyrical lines in cornets and euphs – not without the odd splash. Once again the tied rhythms not accurate across the entire band, but a good, full tutti band sound. Consistent approach in articulation to the GSBP. Horns a little shaky, but solo cornet shapes so well into the slow, stately section, which is shaped nicely, although some ragged phrase endings. Our four solo lines are well delivered – sop shines! Much more confortable now as we come to the closing bars of this slow section – MD is taking a sensible approach and shaping this – just some unfortunate nervy entries in middle and troms. Principal cornet knows what he’s doing – until the last note – a wrong ‘un from him unsettles the bari. handover. A shame – things had been going well, we’re back on track in the final march – well judged, like the beginning. The quintet – or is it a quartet? - is secure. MD keeps a steady tempo throughout – a sensible choice, but another that may not make it to the top three today.

2. Billingham Silver (Vaughan Evans) 

 

And we’re off at a run – this is a forced march! A bit short on trombones – at least they’re in tune. The band builds well, despite this, and some lyricism is heard in cornets – intonation issues are never far away though. Still, there’s a sense of menace about it all. Still think this tempo is going to come unstuck …  we’re building to the Great St. Bernard Pass – some rough edges, and perhaps not quite balanced. Principal cornet leads well into the stately section. Some nervy entries in the middle, however solo euph has a nice sound. Got to watch that intonation guys … a really nervy section for the band … try and enjoy the music-making, this is what we do for fun! Lovely work on sop, singing right above the band. Great work from principal cornet – leads well into the finale … which is at that same quick tempo … hope we’re going to find a quicker one … alas no. It’s probably steadier than before. Still, some good work from the solo cornet team. The quintet works fairly well and we’re on the last stretch. A big mix of youth and experience in the band – obviously depleted in numbers as well, this one isn’t going to be a contender today, sadly.

 

1. Knaresborough Silver (Nick Garrett)

Lovely, fruity bass trombone on show in the National Anthem…. now we’re on the march with Napoleon’s Army! Suitably quiet opening – well done basses, and muted troms are in tune. Horns not quite together but nice detail apparent in cornet entries. Lyrical entries in cornets mainly clean and the MD is pulling some musical lines. Good full band souns – but… here I go again, tied notes are skewing the triplet rhythms. The Great St. Bernard pass – good balanced sounds. Transition is well handled – mainly in tune, well done. This is well organised, just a little untunefulness in the middle of the band. A stately tempo and musically shaped (still that nagging intonation issue in horns – a pity). Good work in euphs. Lovely solo lines from cornet, horn, euph and sop – we’re building well now. This is a well shaped performance, well done MD. Solo cornet is suitably declamatory – just a couple of blips, but we’re taken back to the opening statement – at it’s the same tempo as the opening, well done!!. Percussion have this under control – perhaps not quite the brighter tempo we would expect, but it’s controlled well. They’re finding some good details in articulation… the quintet is confident and mainly balanced. The final march is really well structured – I like this MD – he’s making eye contact and has his band well organised – great effort. Some issues with intonation and errors in entries early on may get in the way, but this has great potential.

Draw

1. Knaresborough Silver (Nick Garrett)

2. Billingham Silver (Vaughan Evans)

3. Jayess Newbiggin (Andrew Griffiths)

4. Swinton and District Excelsior (Robin Rutter)

5. Ellington Colliery (Claire Winter)

6. Barton Community (Gary Oglesby)

7. Murton Colliery (David Conway)

8. Backworth Colliery (Colin Harris)

WD Kingsway Printers Cleethorpes (Brian Harper)