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2013 4BR Awards — Contest Performance of the Year

Perhaps the most difficult of all the categories to choose the best from?

Which contest performance stood out for you in 2013 — and it may not have been a winner.

4barsrest awardsWith so many contests to choose from, which performances lingered longest in the memory banks?

There were some crackers in 2013 - many of which were just as good as if not better than the five we have come up with.

Cast your minds back to the Areas where a couple of real bobby dazzlers won through, the Europeans, the various European contests from Holland and Belgium to Switzerland and Sweden, World Championship, Australia, North America, New Zealand, National Youth Championships...

The list is endless and personal, so make your own pick...

Go to Voting:
http://www.4barsrest.com/awards/default.asp


Black Dyke

Black Dyke 
Conductor: Dr Nicholas Childs
Revelation (Philip Wilby)
Own Choice: English National Championship
 

In a year in which the Queensbury band rather faltered on the contest stage, this reminded everyone that they could still produce a world class performance against any opposition.

It was a fabulous rendition and interpretation - full of drama, pathos, juggernaut technique and a sound that almost took the roof off the excellent Elgar Concert Hall at the University of Birmingham.

Black Dyke gave the much maligned English National Championship a memorable musical send off.


CoryCory
Conductor: Philip Harper
Of Distant Memories – Music in an Olden Style
National Championship of Great Britain

Cory had to pull something special out of the hat at the Albert Hall to deny their resurgent Welsh rivals the opportunity of making it a Tredegar ‘Double’ – and they did that and more with this stunning display.

Philip Harper matched the lyrical and the technical to perfection, and his players responded magnificently, playing out of their collective skins.   It was a tour de force. 

13 years of Kensington hurt had come to a glorious end.


EikangerEikanger Bjorsvik 
Myth Forest (Stig Nordhagen)
Conductor: Prof David King
Set Work: European Championship
  

The only performance not to ‘win’ this year (it was placed second in the set work discipline in Oslo) -but what does that matter when you get to hear playing of such ethereal beauty.

The composer’s austere, melancholic work was deeply engrossing, touching on aspects of recall and memory surrounding the story of the drowning of a horse in frozen lake.

David King and his band produced a performance that sent a shiver down the collective spine - capturing a magical air of dark mystery in the process.


Manger

Manger Musikklag
Conductor: Peter Sebastian Szilvay
Cantigas (Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen)
Own Choice: Norwegian National Championship

A performance of the rarest brilliance on a work that sucked you into its grasp from the word go.

This was Manger at its best – bold, fearless, risky and engrossing, led by an MD who moulded a performance that captured your imagination. The central section was a thing of beauty. 

By it close it was like listening to a musical version of those Russian Dolls being opened in turn to reveal yet more layers of delightful craftsmanship in smaller and smaller detail.


band logoTredegar
Conductor: Ian Porthouse
Arabian Nights – Fantasy on Rimsky Korsakov’s Scheherazade for Brass Band
Stephen Roberts
British Open Championship

A simply stunning winning performance from a band that came to the contest with pressure heaped upon their shoulders.

This was a brilliant character portrait that combined erotic sensuality with spiteful venom, locked together in a free flowing interpretation which was delivered in quite startling  fashion by a musical combination that simply bought into the music lock stock and two smoking barrels.

It brought the composer to tears of joy in the box – and the band shed quite a few in their celebrations afterwards too. 



Gloucestershire Brass Band Association - Own Choice March & Test Piece Contest

Sunday 19 November • All Saints’ Academy. Blaisdon Way. Cheltenham GL51 0WH


Rotherham Schools' Youth Brass Band - Fountain City Brass Band

Monday 20 November • Rotherham Minster - Rotherham s60 1pd


Foden's Band - Matt Ford - Lichfield Cathedral

Friday 24 November • 19A The Close, Lichfield WS13 7LD


Lofthouse Brass Band - Pudsey Churches Together Christmas Concert

Saturday 25 November • Pudsey Parish Church, Church Lane, Pudsey, LS28 7BD LS28 7BD


Lofthouse Brass Band - Lofthouse Christmas Fair

Saturday 25 November • Lofthouse Methodist Church, Leeds Road, Lofthouse, Wakefield WF3 3NE


Hucknall & Linby Brass

November 20 • Hucknall and Linby Band - 2nd section- Require a front row cornet player. We rehearse Thursdays 7.30 -9.30 in Hucknall, Nottingham. With great transport links to the city centre and the universities.


Newstead Brass

November 18 • Bb Cornet (position negotiable). . Newstead Brass, established Midlands Championship section, have opportunity for an additional cornet player. Suitable for experienced player or someone looking to take the next step in their development.


Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band

November 17 • FRONT ROW CORNET. SOLO TROMBONE. . The band have an exciting concert/contest/marching schedule ahead. We are looking for a committed front row cornet and solo trombone player to come and join us in the Yorkshire 1st Section! MD: Richard Larder.


Kevin Wadsworth


Conductor, adjudicator, teacher (ABBA)