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Top prize for Lourdes Brass Band

Sunday 10 December, 2017

What a day it turned out to be for Lourdes Brass Band as it competed in the Queen’s University Festival of Brass and took home all the silverware on offer. In addition to winning first prize, the band was also awarded the prizes for Most Entertaining Band, Best March for its performance of The Voice of the Guns (Kenneth J. Alford), while principal cornet player Mark Newman also scooped the prize for Best Soloist. This is a great achievement for Mark as he was also awarded best soloist prize at the South of Ireland Band Championships held in Clonakilty earlier this year. The adjudicator at the championships, Leigh Baker, was particularly impressed with the age profile of the band, commenting that it played with “so much style and colour from a very young band.”


The band’s Musical Director Professor Michael Alcorn added: “I am delighted to see the band’s hard work over the past year being acknowledged with a clean sweep of prizes. The comments from both adjudicators picked up on lots of things that we have worked so hard to develop in recent months. I was especially pleased to see so many of the younger players in the band playing a full part in the performance on Saturday and it bodes well for the future of the band and, importantly, the youth band. Well done to all of the soloists on Saturday, particuarly Mark Newman for a beautiful performance of Gordon Langford’s My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose.”