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Butlins Mineworkers Festival 4th Section - Live!

Saturday 12 January, 2019

John Stirzaker reports

Banovallum Brass (Horncastle) (Steve Ingham)
2. Thurcroft Welfare (Matthew Wright)
3. Sale Brass (John Anderson)
4. Maltby Miners Welfare (Terry Clifford)
5. Tewit Silver (Martin Hall)
6. Norfolk Wherry Brass (Eddie Baker)
7. Great Yarmouth Brass (Colin Swaep)
8. Sherwood Forest Brass (Christine Lippeatt)
9. Royston Town (Steve Earley)
10. Whitwell Brass (Ryan Stacey)
11. Cottenham Brass (P.B Mackley)
12. Dodworth Colliery MW (Eliot)

Welcome to Skegness, wet and windy, well it is winter!

Banovallum Brass (Horncastle) (Steve Ingham)
A Saddleworth Festival Goff Richards

 Uneasy start. The band take a short time to come together, but it develops into a very confident performance. Good solo from principal, with respectful accompniment.

A Bright opening. Confident solo from principal cornet. Very tight and confident performance from Banovallum Brass. Good playing from the young and competant percussion section. A good start to the contest.

Best of the performance   `The Percussion section

 


2. Thurcroft Welfare (Matthew Wright)
A Saddleworth Festival Goff Richards

Uneasy start from Thurcroft, but it soon comes together. Very confident playing, and a great solo performance from the principal cornet fully supported from the band. Best of the two so far.
Best of the performance- Principal Cornet.

 

 

 

 

 

 (Dr Robert Childs)

Carnival- Dvorak/Geoffrey Brand

Proving itself to be the popular choice amongst the bands, Woodfalls start proceedings well. Great work from the soprano and principal cornet, `overall an exciting performance very well directed by Dr. Childs.

Star performance - Soprano

 

3. Sale Brass (John Anderson)

Overture to Youth - Eric Hughes

A band from near Manchester who have enjoyed success at this event in the past. The first change of test piece of the day. The opening few minutes are a little uneasy. The Euphonium has a wonderful sound, and skilfully plays his solo passage. Great bass end, lovely support from bass trombone. Excellent playing from the trombone section. After a slightly un-confident start, the performance finished well. The best so far for me.

Best of the performance- Euphonium

 

 

4. Maltby Miners Welfare (Terry Clifford)

A Saddleworth Festival Goff Richards
Good opening which leads to a very confident performance. Excellent ensemble playing. Great sound, Lively, confident and a band who are heading for a higher section. Good around sound and a performance well ahead of the rest we have heard so far.
Best of the performance- The Trombones ( both of them).

 

 

5. Tewit Silver (Martin Hall)

A Saddleworth Festival Goff Richards
A lot of young players her, with perhaps the smallest third cornet of the weekend. Very confident, great Euphonium. What a sound! Principal cornet leads the band with a wonderful solo, the accompaniment is very supportive and it is well balanced. Superb support from the young bass trombone. Horns sing well above the band. Majestic playing from the trombone section as whole. Best of the day so far, it will be really hard to beat.

If this is the result of a good Youth programme then it should be a lesson to all bands!

Best of the performance- Bass Trombone

 

6. Norfolk Wherry Brass (Eddie Baker)
A Saddleworth Festival Goff Richards


Another performance of the Goff Richards piece, and following on from the wonderful Tewit performance, a good start from a band who have four trombones. Some intonation problems, as the tempo slows. The band tire towards the end.

Best of the performance - Principal Cornet

 

 

 

7. Great Yarmouth Brass (Colin Swaep)

A Saddleworth Festival Goff Richards
Only one performance of Overture to Youth so far as the band opt for a piece that is less challenging. Overall the sounds and quality of performance have been high. This band follow their predecessors with a confident start and full bodied sound, with some slight intonation problems. The lone percussionist work hard. A few tuning issues towards the end, but overall a confident show.

 

 

8. Sherwood Forest Brass (Christine Lippeatt)

Overture to Youth - Eric Hughes


Only the second playing today for Overture to Youth, a clearly more challenging piece. The opening of this performance shows the and are clearly looking for credit for paying the harder piece. There are some intonation issues, from an otherwise good showing. The two young percussionist hold the rhythms together with some very tight playing. Good trombones. Overall the best of the two on this piece.

Best of the performance - The Percussion.

 

 

 

9. Royston Town (Steve Earley)

You wait all day for Overture to Youth to come along, then we get two together! The intonation proves difficult in this test. Good performances from the soprano, principal, and a great performance from the euphonium. Overall a god sound, Best of the three overtures at this point.

Best of the performance- Euphonium

 

 

 10. Whitwell Brass (Ryan Stacey)
Back to Saddleworth for Whitewell. The band clearly are enjoying themselves as they open with confidence. Great soloists, combined with a great sound.The most mature percussion section of the day, who add the necessary colour to this lively performance.


Best of the performance- Trombone section

 

 

11. Cottenham Brass (P.B Mackley)
A Saddleworth Festival Goff Richards
Is the Overture to Youth run over? All the Saddleworth performances have been given with gusto and confidence, and this is no exception. Some of the sounds, particularly from the soloists are a little hard. Overall the band play as if they are really enjoying the themselves.

Best of the performance- Percussion

 

 

12. Dodworth Colliery MW (Eliot)

Spoke too soo. Final choice in this section goes back to Overture for Youth. Dodworth have the most confident start of all the versions of this choice so far. Lots of colour and contrast in this very confident performance.

Best of the performance- Horns

 

 

Conclusion

Overall a high standard for this section, with all bands working hard in a limited time to produce some very pleasing performances. One of the bands, Tewit, were a long way ahead of the field…..bit then what do I know. A very enjoyable day. Great horn and trombone sections.

 

Prediciction ( NOT the official result)
1.Tewit Silver

2. Dodworth Colliery

2.Whitewell Brass

3. Norfolk Wherry Brass

4.Royston Town

5.Sherwood Forest Brass

6. Maltby Welfare