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Brass at the Guild details announced

Wednesday 8 November, 2017

The organisers of the 2018 Brass at the Guild, which will take place on Sunday 28 January, have announced the adjudication panel who will oversee the five sections. Paul Andrews, John Doyle, Chris King, Helen Varley and Thomas Wyss will make the all-important decisions.

Bands are reminded that entries are now welcome for the competition, which also incorporates the British Open Youth contest. Supported by R. Banks & Son (Funerals Ltd) through its proprietor and life-long brass band supporter Brian Halliwell, it is regarded as one of the most important early season events in the UK brass band calendar. The event will take place at Preston’s Guild Hall and the closing date for entry is 2 January 2018.

Competing bands in the senior sections will once again be given the choice of which test-piece they wish to play, with the opportunity to showcase either those chosen for the 2018 Butlins Mineworkers Championships or Regional Championships. The test-pieces are:

Championship Section: Odyssey (Kevin Norbury), Contest Music (Wilfred Heaton), The Year of the Dragon (Philip Sparke) or Concerto No 1 for Brass Band (Marcus Venables)

1st Section: Brass Metamorphosis (James Curnow) or Renaissance (Peter Graham)

2nd Section: Ex Terra Lucem (Jonathan Bates) or Variations for Brass Band (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

3rd Section: Napoleon on the Alps (Philip Harper) or Overture to Henry V (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

4th Section: World Tour (Rodney Newton) or Second Suite in F (Gustav Holst)

British Open Youth Championship: 20-minute own choice programme 

As a further competitive incentive, the appropriate highest placed band in the Championship Section will gain an invitation to compete at the 2018 Senior Trophy at the British Open Spring Festival in Blackpool. 

Schedules and entry forms can be down loaded from www.lancashirecontests.com