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Issue 6005

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REMEMBERING A LEGEND - British Bandsman pays tribute to William Broughton

Southern Counties Regional Championships - Championship Section LIVE

Saturday 16 March, 2019

Championship Section

Test-Piece: Seascapes – Ray Steadman-Allen

Adjudicators: Dr Robert Childs and Michael Fowles

Rob Tompkins Reporting.

The Results

4th - Haverhill

3rd - Redbridge

2nd - Zone One Brass

1st - Friary

 

So that is all 12 bands, some good, some great and some not quite so ... for me that is

For me there are the bands I would go with

Prediction

1st Friary

2nd Wantage

3rd Redbridge

4th Thundersley

Don't be surprised if Haverhill spoil the party and get placed

If the adjudicators want raw power then swap the top 2 

 

Zone One Brass

1)    Quinquireme of Nineveh - A galley with five banks of oars travelling between Nineveh, the ancient city on the Tigris, and Ophir, a mysterious place

Tidy start, lovely sound and moving nicely, slips creep in but the band continue to create a feeling of movement and in the quicker sections they are together, one or two dominant sounds that come over the top of the band. The same for the rest of the movement, some lovely sounds, but some dominant sounds in the loud sections. Another band that gives us a nice end to the movement.

 2)   Stately Spanish galleon coming from the Isthmus, Dipping through the Tropics by the palm-green shores

 There is some warmth is the 2nd movement, band moving well and those dominant sounds are blending now, this is suiting the band and they are making the most of it, lovely movement.

3)   Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack, Butting through the Channel in the mad March days

Much neater in the 3rd movement, balanced loud and soft, the band are enjoying this now, any early nerves have gone and the music is coming out. Good work Euph and Sop, with the balance right they sound so much better. This 3rd movement is sounding really strong. Big ending comes across well and what a great Soprano player

 

Hitchin Brass

1)    Quinquireme of Nineveh - A galley with five banks of oars travelling between Nineveh, the ancient city on the Tigris, and Ophir, a mysterious place

Not a very tidy start, starts to pick up and then a couple of slips sets it back again. Into the quicker tempo and this is moving at a good pace, band managing well, feeling more settled and as the movement comes to a close it didn’t quite have the drive.

2)   Stately Spanish galleon coming from the Isthmus, Dipping through the Tropics by the palm-green shores

This movement offered a lot, it seemed to suit the band but some intonation issues and untidy bars have taken the shine off it. I am not feeling the movement and not being taken on a journey. It sounds really nice to end, it is a lovely sound when it comes together, but just loses that warm sound and with it the movement.

3)   Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack, Butting through the Channel in the mad March days

Feels rushed and untidy to open, they are putting every effort in to play this very tricky piece and for me it just comes across as untidy and lacking in flow, there are lovely moments, some of the sounds do warm up and those are lovely, but the detail struggles to be heard. Good end and the MD looks happy, so what more can you ask for.

Haverhill Silver

1)    Quinquireme of Nineveh - A galley with five banks of oars travelling between Nineveh, the ancient city on the Tigris, and Ophir, a mysterious place

Very tidy to start, no heroics, just a good sound and played together. Lovely big sound and good contrast, some slips in the quiet sections, but no movement lost so the journey continues with some good volume, untidy into the last section, but the ending was very calming.

2)   Stately Spanish galleon coming from the Isthmus, Dipping through the Tropics by the palm-green shores

The opening to this movement suits the band, then move in dynamics with the whole band comes across really well and the full sound is very warming. The whole movement has been a delight, control of the balance and you can hear every note from every player. Like this movement a lot

3)   Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack, Butting through the Channel in the mad March days

Some loss of detail in the semi quavers, back to good balance in the slower sections, good build in volume and the balance again is very good, the control in slow and quiet is excellent, we lose some clarity in the quicker sections, this has been a well constructed performance, not sure if this will have an impact on the top spots, but it might just sneak in.

 

Friary Brass

1)    Quinquireme of Nineveh - A galley with five banks of oars travelling between Nineveh, the ancient city on the Tigris, and Ophir, a mysterious place

Our travels start with a very controlled and flowing opening, this vessel is moving at a good pace, all together and with some lovely contrast and meaning. Very neat, very polished performance, lovely end to the movement, enjoyed that journey.

2)   Stately Spanish galleon coming from the Isthmus, Dipping through the Tropics by the palm-green shores

A beautiful start to the 2nd movement, the change in styles is instant, no hesitation. Lovely warm sound and keeping the feeling of movement and flow. So neat and tidy, no rough edges on this journey, a real sense of movement through the sea and waves washing up against the galleon. Lovely

3)   Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack, Butting through the Channel in the mad March days

Great attention to detail, the movement around the band is seamless and gives that feeling that you are crashing through the waves, then the calm and we build again, nice flow, good dynamics, how good is the ending going to be? Oh yes, very good. That one joins the list for the top spot.

 

Aveley and Newham

1)    Quinquireme of Nineveh - A galley with five banks of oars travelling between Nineveh, the ancient city on the Tigris, and Ophir, a mysterious place

A calm start and we move along nicely, a few slips creep in, but it keeps it shape and feeling of movement, starts to feel a little unsteady as the piece builds and some of the phrases are lost as we get near to the end. Nice final few bars

2)   Stately Spanish galleon coming from the Isthmus, Dipping through the Tropics by the palm-green shores

First note took a moment to settle, the band then take back control and fill the room with some lovely sounds, there are some lovely moments in this 2nd movement, it’s not easy to knit this one together, but they are doing a great job.

3)   Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack, Butting through the Channel in the mad March days

The percussion team are making a real impact, one of the team can’t be more than 13?, great effort. Contrast again is good, big and full sound is wonderful, a little less confident in the quiet sections, but no detail lost, moving to the end with a feeling of urgency and keeping it together well, nice big ending.

 

Wantage 

1)    Quinquireme of Nineveh - A galley with five banks of oars travelling between Nineveh, the ancient city on the Tigris, and Ophir, a mysterious place

Detail from the start, nice lift and brings the feeling of movement, the contrasts are great and the tempo lifts and we are moving along at a great rate of knots, but kept controlled. Frantic at times, but still hear the detail and beautiful ending

 2)   Stately Spanish galleon coming from the Isthmus, Dipping through the Tropics by the palm-green shores

We are being taken away by the opening of the 2nd movement, the lift in volume is balanced and controlled and we continue on our journey, more good detail and contrast, I am hearing parts in here that have not been heard in previous bands.

 3)   Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack, Butting through the Channel in the mad March days

Lively start to the 3rd movement, moved into the more flowing section and band feel at ease with both. It is very neat and tidy, very big and bold (too big??) Tempo is moving and again the band are keeping together, Soprano is having a good day and took one for the team on the last note when he fainted and fell off his chair, all well after a brief moment to compose himself.

It felt good and must be in the running, could even take the top spot from Redbridge, still 5 bands to go of course.

 

 

At the half-way stage I am going with Redbridge and Thundersley, we have some good bands still to come, so have these bands done enough.

Half way prediction

1st Redbridge

2nd Thundersley

3rd East London Brass

 

Jersey Premier Brass

1)    Quinquireme of Nineveh - A galley with five banks of oars travelling between Nineveh, the ancient city on the Tigris, and Ophir, a mysterious place

Choppy Water in the early stages of the journey, needed some lift, when the lift came then everything felt more confident and controlled. Some untidy runs had the boat rocking again, some very well played and controlled sections, but untidy sections are mixed in.

 2)   Stately Spanish galleon coming from the Isthmus, Dipping through the Tropics by the palm-green shores

This movement didn’t start well but picked up and gained some good shape and moments where the band produced a lovely sound. It didn’t have a feeling of stately in places, but did have some nice moments.

 3)   Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack, Butting through the Channel in the mad March days

Feels like a struggle to get going, bit of pulling and pushing going on, it does settle and you start to hear the detail. Unsure why the bell is being dampened, maybe it has too much of a ring to it? Some of the mp sections are too quiet and getting lost. A happy MD..? I hope so.

 

Thundersley Brass

1)    Quinquireme of Nineveh - A galley with five banks of oars travelling between Nineveh, the ancient city on the Tigris, and Ophir, a mysterious place

 Another opening that just had something missing, found its way about 8 bars in and then off we go. Moves along nicely and gathers a feeling of movement and flow. The MD leaves no player in doubt for their entry. Controlled ending.

 2)   Stately Spanish galleon coming from the Isthmus, Dipping through the Tropics by the palm-green shores

Like the intent with this movement, we are being taken away here and I am liking the picture being painted, palm-green shores in the distance. We are kept interested in the journey by some lovely phrases and well balanced sounds.

3)   Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack, Butting through the Channel in the mad March days

A section that the band were able to show some real class, never faltered and felt very comfortable throughout, you almost smell the Dirty British Coaster coming into port.

That is a contender

 

East London Brass    

1)    Quinquireme of Nineveh - A galley with five banks of oars travelling between Nineveh, the ancient city on the Tigris, and Ophir, a mysterious place

Well balanced and majestic sound to start, then lost some movement before finding its way again, good drive and keeps pushing on well, nice big sound and a nice smile from the percussion team.

 2)   Stately Spanish galleon coming from the Isthmus, Dipping through the Tropics by the palm-green shores

Would have liked the opening to the movement a little smoother, sounded more stately as it went on and the Spanish element came through well.

3)   Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack, Butting through the Channel in the mad March days

Nice and moody where needed and controlled dynamics. Some moments where it felt a little heavy and then in the next phrase it picked up. Some moments I really enjoyed but mixed with a few bars that felt unbalanced and didn’t feel right.

Kidlington Brass

1)    Quinquireme of Nineveh - A galley with five banks of oars travelling between Nineveh, the ancient city on the Tigris, and Ophir, a mysterious place

 Feeling the mystery from the off and then some lovely flowing passages, some untidy edges and a couple of slips stops the flow briefly, but gets back on course and we enjoy some big sounds, which are well balanced. Good end to the movement.

 

2)   Stately Spanish galleon coming from the Isthmus, Dipping through the Tropics by the palm-green shores

A stately feel to the opening, some balance lost in the louder sections of the piece, feeling a little rocky but gains a foothold again and settles back down. Comes to a lovely close.

 

3)   Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack, Butting through the Channel in the mad March days

A neat and tidy movement, into the ff it lost shape and balance so felt untidy, some good moments and then some not so, again another good ending.

 

Redbridge Brass

1)    Quinquireme of Nineveh - A galley with five banks of oars travelling between Nineveh, the ancient city on the Tigris, and Ophir, a mysterious place

 A very calm and flowing opening, we have set sail and the journey is very enjoyable so far, good drive and dynamics are excellent, a very well painted picture.

 

2)   Stately Spanish galleon coming from the Isthmus,
Dipping through the Tropics by the palm-green shores

Control and a real feeling of passion in the sounds the band produce, almost telling a love story, the stately galleon is cutting through the waves with ease.

  

3)   Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack,
Butting through the Channel in the mad March days

Band take a little while to start sounding ‘dirty’ but when it comes they handle it well and the sounds are big and very impressive.

Exposed sections sound as good as the big sound sections and this has been a lovely journey, very enjoyable.

That is going to take some beating

 

Regent Brass 

1)    Quinquireme of Nineveh - A galley with five banks of oars travelling between Nineveh, the ancient city on the Tigris, and Ophir, a mysterious place.

 Lacked that drive that should be provided by the percussion, with only 1 on the percussion part it didn’t feel right.

 The feeling of movement is needed and I am not getting that.

 
2)   Stately Spanish galleon coming from the Isthmus, Dipping through the Tropics by the palm-green shores.

Not getting a flow of a galleon on the water and slips creeping in make the movement struggle to gather the mood.

The band are producing some lovely sounds, but just too many slips and sections that are untidy.

 

3)   Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack, Butting through the Channel in the mad March days.

Needs to have more dynamic contrast, when band playing together and sound great, but when we get to exposed sections it sounds less confident and this needs to be played with confidence.

We get to the end and start to hear what the band can do, then the missing percussion and some slips detract from what was being built.

 

 

 Here is the draw 

1. Regent Brass - (Paul Archibald)
2. Redbridge - (Dr David Thornton)
3. Kidlington Concert Brass - Duncan Wilson)
4. East London Brass - (Jayne Murrill)
5. Thundersley - (Melvin White)
6. Jersey Premier Brass - (Simon Jones)
7. Wantage - (Paul Holland)
8. Aveley & Newham - (Alan Duguid)
9. Friary - (Chris King)
10. Haverhill Silver - (Paul Filby)
11. Hitchin - (Martin Heartfield)
12. Zone One Brass - (Richard Ward)