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2014 North of England Regional Championships — As it happened

All the action from the 2014 North of England Regional Championships — as it happened.

North of England • Sunday 16, 19:06:02

So that's it, the end of a very enjoyable weekend in Darlington. Congratulations to all of the bands.

Thanks as always goes to the Regional team here for a warm welcome and for their hospitality - see you next year.

We also send our best wishes to adjudicator, Kevin Wadsworth for a speedy recovery after his forthcoming surgery.

Cheerio from Darlington, we hope you have enjoyed our coverage.


North of England • Sunday 16, 18:36:04

Result

Championship Section:
Test Piece: 'St Magnus' - Kenneth Downie

Sunday 16th March
Draw 1.30pm
Commence after First Section

Adjudicator: David Hirst

1. Reg Vardy (Russell Gray)*
2. East Yorkshire Motor Services (Alan Morrison)*
3. Felling (Stephen Malcolm)
4. NASUWT Riverside (Ray Farr)
5. Fishburn (Allan Ramsay)
6. Shepherd Group (Richard Wilton)
7. Easington Colliery (Phil Rosier)
8. Harrogate (Craig Ratcliffe)

Soprano: Reg Vardy
Cornet: Reg Vardy
Euphonium: Reg Vardy
Trombone: EYMS
Bass Section: NASUWT Riverside
Percussion Section: Reg Vardy

*Top 2 Qualify for National Final


North of England • Sunday 16, 18:30:11

Championship Section:

It’s been a contest where not one band has come away unscathed by St Magnus today, A number of bands found it a tough ask to say the least whilst at the top end, it could well be just down to David Hirst’s gut feeling in the box.

Reg Vardy, EYMS, Felling Fishburn are the ones in the frame for us with very little to choose between them.

4BR Prediction:

1. Reg Vardy
2. EYMS
3. Fishburn
4. Felling


North of England • Sunday 16, 18:23:00

Championship Section:

8. East Yorkshire Motor Services (Alan Morrison)

Nice opening that is tidy on the ear. There are some blips in the first variation, but the approach is effective. Second variation is nicely delivered as is variation 3. There is a touch of scrappiness in evidence though which just takes sheen off.

Euphonium lights up the room with in lyrical mood—so well shaped. Not everything sits into place and in variation 5 not everything comes through.

The excitement is controlled though and there is moments of untidiness that just may detract.


North of England • Sunday 16, 18:03:22

Championship Section:

7. Reg Vardy (Russell Gray)

A lovely opening (best of day so far) settles the nerves and there seems a real sense of calm within the ensemble. The dynamics are good and the playing is tidily executed. There’s a nice flow in second variation although not everything is heard, but Russell Gray’s approach and reading has plenty to admire here.

The stylish approach continues to pay dividends—euphonium is lovely and lyrical, but there is some untidy playing as we head for home in an adrenaline fuelled finale.

Interesting, one that had plenty to appreciate but some uncertainness around the stand may prove costly.


North of England • Sunday 16, 17:39:40

Championship Section:

6. Felling (Stephen Malcolm)

It’s a fairly safe opening with nice dynamics from Felling. Not all of the detail comes through as though as the opening variation is heard but credit goes to MD, Stephen Malcolm who has a clear approach to how he wants the music to be played.

Not everything is in unison in variation 3 but you can’t fault the determination and effort.

Euphonium does well in cadenza and we like approach here as everything dropped a level for clarity. There are errors in evidence though but the tempo’s taken are sensible and not pushing the band beyond their limits.

The final section isn’t too bad, although, it’s a little bit on the edge at times.


North of England • Sunday 16, 17:32:43

Championship Section:

5. Harrogate (Craig Ratcliffe)

It’s not a bad opening at all—but not everything fits like a glove as the tempo is taken up a notch, detail is lost. There are some rather robust sounds on offer and it is a bit of tight rope walk at times.

Euphonium cadenza needed to be more lyrical in style but cornet and trombone do well and the clarity of detail doesn’t come through in the fifth variation.

A mixture of tiredness and over-blowing leads to a very unconvincing conclusion.


North of England • Sunday 16, 17:04:00

Championship Section:

St Magnus is really testing the bands in Darlington. Not one band has grabbed hold of the piece yet after four performances.

The draw has meant 4BR favourites for London, Reg Vardy and EYMS are drawn at the end - it remains to be seen if they can conquer the piece, but too many have been inconsistent so far.


North of England • Sunday 16, 16:57:55

Championship Section:

4. Fishburn (Allan Ramsay)

It’s a nice opening from Fishburn but not everything links together as detail is missed despite the nice style and approach from MD.

The faster sections are not too bad, although not all detail is heard but Steve Walsh delivers a tasty bit of euphonium playing which is supported by cornet and trombone.

There is a nice feel as we progress (Variation 5) with the tempo and it allows for clarity but not everything works together in the final section which has a hint of scrappiness within it.


North of England • Sunday 16, 16:33:18

Championship Section:

3. Easington Colliery (Phil Rosier)

The opening is a touch cautious ensuring detail is masked and the middle of the band is finding this a tough obstacle to crack.

There is some brave playing in evidence and this is a performance full of determination. Solo Euphonium does well, but it needs a little more finesse. Cornet does well, but there is some strident playing on offer at times.

It’s a mixture of scrappiness and tiredness as we head to the conclusion, but top marks for effort here today.


North of England • Sunday 16, 16:11:46


Championship Section:

2. NASUWT Riverside (Ray Farr)

It’s a safe opening that leads into a speedy variation, but there is a nice lyrical approach to what follows.

There are some scrappy bits mixed in with good playing, but this is clearly a well thought out by Ray Farr. The euphonium is nicely sung out in the cadenza—real heart on the sleeve stuff. The cornet also does well—lots to appreciate here- nice musical flow.

MD’s intuitive tempo means he remains in control and whilst everything doesn’t always gel together, it's not a bad close.


North of England • Sunday 16, 15:50:19

Championship Section:

1. Shepherd Group (Richard Wilton)

The opening isn’t bad with some nice ensemble sounds. The first variation is a touch scrappy at times with a good musical flow in second variation despite some blips.

There is some good percussion work and the euphonium does well. Credit goes to the MD for the way he shaped the performance but tiredness ware apparent at the end.


North of England • Sunday 16, 15:37:00

We are now under way in Championship Section - we've had a few connection problems, apologies.


North of England • Sunday 16, 15:36:03

Draw: Championship Section

Championship Section:
Test Piece: 'St Magnus' - Kenneth Downie

Sunday 16th March
Draw 1.30pm
Commence after First Section

Adjudicator: David Hirst

Easington Colliery (Phil Rosier) 3
East Yorkshire Motor Services (Alan Morrison) 8
Felling (Stephen Malcolm) 6
Fishburn (Allan Ramsay) 4
Harrogate (Craig Ratcliffe) 5
NASUWT Riverside (Ray Farr) 2
Reg Vardy (Russell Gray) 7
Shepherd Group (Richard Wilton) 1


North of England • Sunday 16, 15:29:57

Result: Section 1

First Section:
Test Piece: 'Cry of the Mountain' - Howard Lorriman

Sunday 16th March
Draw 12 noon
Commence after Fourth Section

Adjudicator: Kevin Wadsworth

1. York Railway Institute (Chris Hirst)*
2. Kirbymoorside Town (John Woodward)*
3. GT Group Peterlee (Joe Cook)
4. South Milford Brass (David Smith)
5. Cockerton Prize Silver (G Nicklin)
6. Ashington Colliery (David Kendall)

Basses: Kirbymoorside Town
Percussion: York Railway Institute
Trombone: York Railway Institute

*Top 2 Qualify for National Final


North of England • Sunday 16, 14:58:35

Section 1:

Intriguing contest this with bands having various challenges to get to the top of the Mountain—the nearest ones in these parts being the Lake District in Cumbria.

Kirbymoorside have done enough to head to Cheltenham for us, but it could be a right old scrap for the second qualification spot is wide open, but we opt for Ashington from York Railway.

4BR Prediction:

1. Kirbymoorside
2. Ashington
3. York Railway
4. GT Group Peterlee
5. Cockerton
6. South Milford


North of England • Sunday 16, 14:57:17

Section 1:

6. York Railway Institute (Chris Hirst)

The opening of sunrise through the mountains is deftly done with some effective ensemble sounds. The detail is measured and controlled in the Ice Glaciers section.

It’s evocative stuff in the slow movement and there’s a declaration of music intent as the Avalanche comes to a close but it was loud dynamically at times.

An interesting one to close especially with the MD singing along at times.


North of England • Sunday 16, 14:42:22

Section 1:

5. GT Group Peterlee (Joe Cook)

The opening portrays a lovely sense of atmosphere as the mountain is revealed. The ensemble and detail is transparent. The slow section is hymn like in delivery at times but not everything clicks into gear as blemishes appear in the musical picture to close.


North of England • Sunday 16, 14:24:01

Section 1:

4. South Milford Brass (David Smith)

Very quiet opening creates a nice atmosphere and it’s a well judged opening. There are some uncomfortable moments though as we go along, but ensemble relishes the challenge of the musical mountain. The slow section is effective— perhaps a touch slow for some, but the band works hard in the closing Avalanche—its not OTT dynamically, but it does have tiredness within it.


North of England • Sunday 16, 14:08:09

Section 1:

3. Cockerton Prize Silver (George Nicklin)

Nice evocative opening that sits well, just a few uncertain moments at times. There is drama and a nice transition into the slow movement. MD draws the music out and soloists do well and the closing Avalanche has a nice restrained pace to it.


North of England • Sunday 16, 13:55:30

Section 1:

2. Kirbymoorside Town (John Woodward)

Bright opening with lots of detail, but it loses its way a little. Character comes out in the second section whilst the third section seems a touch rushed at times but soloists do well.

The final Avalanche is a real roller-coaster journey home though, big and bold sounds.


North of England • Sunday 16, 13:40:39

Section 1:

1. Ashington Colliery (David Kendall)

Ashington found the North East mountain climb a bit of a struggle at times especially in the slower sections which could prove costly today.


North of England • Sunday 16, 13:26:38

Now underway with just six bands vying to be top of the North of England mountain tops in an hour or so.


North of England • Sunday 16, 13:23:15

Section 1 Draw:

First Section:
Test Piece: 'Cry of the Mountain' - Howard Lorriman

Sunday 16th March
Draw 12 noon
Commence after Fourth Section

Adjudicator: Kevin Wadsworth

Ashington Colliery (David Kendall) 1
Cockerton Prize Silver (G Nicklin) 3
GT Group Peterlee (Joe Cook) 5
Kirbymoorside Town (John Woodward) 2
South Milford Brass (David Smith) 4
York Railway Institute (Chris Hirst) 6


North of England • Sunday 16, 13:21:36

Result: Section 4

Fourth Section:
Test Piece: 'Three Spanish Impressions for Brass Band' - Alan Fernie

Sunday 16th March
Draw: 8.30am
Commence 10.00am

Adjudicator: David Hirst

1. North Skelton (Dennis Noble)*
2. Swinton and District Excelsior (Robin Rutter)*
3. Bearpark and Esh Colliery (Tim Oldroyd)
4. Barton Community (Garry Oglesby)
5. Burneside Brass (Laurie Johnson)
6. Jayess Newbiggin (A. Griffiths)
7. Penrith Town (Ian Butterworth)
8. Craghead (Andy Hunter)
9. Skipton Brass (Adrian Lowes)
10. Knaresborough Silver (Steve Morland)

Principal Cornet: North Skelton
Euphonium: Burneside Brass

*Top 2 Qualify for National Final


North of England • Sunday 16, 12:49:09

Section 4:

It’s been an interesting and enjoyable contest—bands have made a good Spanish Impression today. We don’t think there will be much between the bands either and it could have well given David Hirst food for thought.

Barton deserve a final place but not much to choose between North Skelton’s individual interpretation and Skipton for us.

The race for other top finishes could be a real scrap with Burneside, Bearpark and Knaresborough in the hunt.

4BR Prediction:

1. Barton
2. North Skelton
3. Skipton
4. Burneside
5. Bearpark
6. Knaresborough


North of England • Sunday 16, 12:47:17

Section 4:

10. Swinton and District Excelsior (Robin Rutter)

It’s not a bad start, but some uncertainties detract. The waltz is just a little uneven at times to make a real impression, whilst the Fandango isn’t too bad, it could just do with a touch more colour.


North of England • Sunday 16, 12:30:12

Section 4 :

9. Penrith Town (Ian Butterworth)

Nicely portrayed dark brooding section. Waltz has a few tricky moments. Not everything holds together as it could do in the Fandango, as some rather strident notation detracts at times.


North of England • Sunday 16, 12:16:34

Section 4:

8. Jayess Newbiggin (Tony Griffiths)

Nicely styled and dark, it’s effective on the ear. The Waltz is light and delicate but the closing Fandango does tire a touch at the end.

Impressive effort especially as they are not at full strength—only 2 basses on stage.


North of England • Sunday 16, 12:00:05

Section 4 :

7. Bearpark and Esh Colliery (Tim Oldroyd)

It’s more than a bit tricky to open, but it has much to admire. The waltz is very gentle on the ear. The closing section is steady with some effective playing although a hint of tiredness is in evidence, but it was a good approach overall.


North of England • Sunday 16, 11:46:25

Section 4:

6. Barton Community (Garry Oglesby)

It’s a nice opening section from Barton, dark and controlled—nice stuff.

The waltz is charmingly delivered, it would light up any Spanish dance floor for sure.

The Fandango shifts along at a decent tempo with some effective ensemble work. Neat & tidy throughout.


North of England • Sunday 16, 11:25:28

Section 4:

5. Knaresborough Silver (Steve Morland)

Takes a while to settle but its not really brooding enough. The waltz is rather light whilst they really go for it in the Fandango, but too inconsistent throughout today for us.


North of England • Sunday 16, 11:08:00

Section 4:

4. North Skelton (Denis Noble)

North Skelton’s opening Spanish Impression is nicely controlled and styled. The waltz has a touch of the old romantics about it—just like a couple who’ve been together for 50 years remembering how they were drawn to each other when they first did the waltz together.

It’s a tasty bit of Fandango playing as well, not overly cooked tempo or dynamically, but well played even if interpretation was a little different.


North of England • Sunday 16, 10:49:38

Section 4:

3. Skipton Brass (Adrian Lowes)

The opening section is a tad tricky, but the style is nicely laid out. The waltz is very light on its musical feet, with a concluding section that was a touch robust in execution.


North of England • Sunday 16, 10:33:12

Section 4

1. Burneside Brass (Laurie Johnson)

Nice brooding style to open whilst the waltz had a nice romantic feel to it and the closing Fandango had impetus. Good ensemble on display throughout. Not a bad marker it must be said.

2. Craghead (Andy Hunter)

It takes time to settle but when it does the playing isn’t too bad. The waltz has some uncertain moments whilst a bit of tiredness is in evidence at the end.


North of England • Sunday 16, 10:04:57

So off we go then in Section 4 with ten bands hoping to make a Spanish Impression with David Hirst.


North of England • Sunday 16, 09:55:04

Section 4: Draw

Fourth Section:
Test Piece: 'Three Spanish Impressions for Brass Band' - Alan Fernie

Sunday 16th March
Draw: 8.30am
Commence 10.00am

Adjudicator: David Hirst

Barton Community (Garry Oglesby) 6
Bearpark and Esh Colliery (Tim Oldroyd) 7
Burneside Brass (Laurie Johnson) 1
Craghead (Andy Hunter) 2
Jayess Newbiggin (A. Griffiths) 8
Knaresborough Silver (Steve Morland) 5
North Skelton (Denis Noble) 4
Penrith Town (Ian Butterworth) 9
Skipton Brass (Adrian Lowes) 3
Swinton and District Excelsior (Robin Rutter) 10


North of England • Sunday 16, 09:35:38

Morning from a sunny Darlington. The Fourth Section draw was made around 8.30am and we will post once the judge, David Hirst has gone in the box for the 10.00am start.

Thereafter, it's the First Section with Kevin Wadsworth making the important decisions before David returns to judge the Championship Section contenders.

Join us throughout the day as the final qualification places in Northern England are decided.


North of England • Saturday 15, 17:32:21

Well that is it for day one of the North of England Championships in Darlington.

Sunday witness the Fourth, First and Championship Sections in that order, starting at 10.00am.

Join us tomorrow for more coverage. Good night.


North of England • Saturday 15, 17:30:27

Result: Section 2

Second Section:
Test Piece: 'Chaucer's Tunes' - Dr Michael Ball

Saturday 15th March
Draw 1.30pm
Commence after Third Section

Adjudicator: David Hirst

1. Lockwood Brass (John Roberts)*
2. Ripon City (Malcolm Dibb)*
3. NASUWT Concert (Brian Tait)
4. Durham Miners Association
5. Murton Colliery (Lee Morris)
6. Billingham Silver (Vaughan Evans)

Euphonium: Lockwood Brass
Bass: Lockwood Brass
Soprano: Lockwood Brass

*Top 2 Qualify for National Final


North of England • Saturday 15, 17:03:38

Section 2:

Well, it’s been an intriguing but short Second Section contest here at the Dolphin Centre. The standard has been variable somewhat with bands not always able to perform in a controlled manner with effective dynamics.


4BR Prediction:

1. Lockwood Brass
2. Ripon City
3. Durham Miners
4. NASUWT Riverside
5. Murton Colliery
6. Billingham Silver


North of England • Saturday 15, 17:02:21

Section 2:

5. Lockwood Brass (John Roberts)

There is a real sense of control in the opening Intrada that remains in place throughout. John Roberts brings the music to the fore and lets the performance evolve in a meaningful manner. Nothing is over-cooked in the four movements whilst the dynamic contrasts are visible and effective.

Very enjoyable from start to finish and clear leader for us.


6. Ripon City (Malcolm Dibb)

There’s a nice feel about the opening Intrada but its not without its foibles. Huge credit goes to the MD who lets the music breathe—the Carol has a nice sense of lyricism about it.

There is much to admire as the band continues through the performance and closes confidentially and perhaps has sneaked into the second qualification spot.


North of England • Saturday 15, 16:32:35

As Lockwood Brass takes to the stage, we spot Duncan Beckley on bass and we think Dave Roberts, MD of Rothwell and brother of the MD. Interesting, especially as they are not at full strength, with just two trombones.


North of England • Saturday 15, 16:28:39

Section 2:

3. Murton Colliery (Lee Morris)

The opening Intrada is a little cautious and uncertain. Whilst there are a few nice musical touches, it does lose momentum at times. Tempo in the Carol isn’t too bad, just needs to be smoother for us and the Chase is a little scrappy at times.


4. Billingham Silver (Vaughan Evans)

Opening isn’t without a few uncertainties and the tempo is taken a notch or two down than marked. Any confidence around the stand is quickly evaporating as nothing is happening for them—it’s disjointed and not together. It closes with tiredness in the ranks.

You’ve got to admire the commitment here though in a performance that never happened.


North of England • Saturday 15, 15:59:13

Section 2:

1. NASUWT Concert (Bryan Tait)

Some nice effects being delivered in the opening passage, euphonium and cornet do ok. Ensemble playing isn’t too bad The carol has some nice playing, but tuning and other gremlins creep in—a pity.

Close isn’t too bad, energy, but a few uncertain moments in evidence.

2. Durham Miners Association (Jason Smith)

A bold start that is perhaps a touch heavy—certain has plenty to admire in the reading although the execution isn’t always totally together.

Enjoyable though as the character is brought out—not always subtle at times though.


North of England • Saturday 15, 15:27:35

So after the Third Section is completed, we now have six contenders in the Second Section. This has proved to be a great test at this level, so what will today's bands make of it? David Hirst is judging


North of England • Saturday 15, 15:24:16

Section 2 Draw:

Second Section:
Test Piece: 'Chaucer's Tunes' - Dr Michael Ball

Saturday 15th March
Draw 1.30pm
Commence after Third Section

Adjudicator: David Hirst

Billingham Silver (Vaughan Evans) 4
Durham Miners Association (Jason Smith) 2
Lockwood Brass (John Roberts) 5
Murton Colliery (Lee Morris) 3
NASUWT Concert (Brian Tait) 1
Ripon City (Malcolm Dibb) 6


North of England • Saturday 15, 15:22:55

Result: Section 3:

Third Section:
Test Piece: 'Partita for Band' (Postcards from Home) - Professor Philip Wilby

Saturday 15th March
Draw 10.30am
Commence 12 noon

Adjudicator: Kevin Wadsworth

1. East Riding of Yorkshire (Ian Scott)*
2. Ellington Colliery (Jonathan Fenwick)*
3. Houghton Brass (Tom Gibson)
4. Marske Brass (Alun Prest)
5. Ferryhill Town (Andrew Hall)
6. Trimdon Concert Brass (W Harrison)
7. Dunston Silver (Steven Archer)
8. Backworth Colliery (Colin Harris)
9. Kingsway Printers Cleethorpes (Paul Murrell)

Percussion: East Riding of Yorkshire
Cornet: Ellington Colliery

*Top 2 Qualify for National Final


North of England • Saturday 15, 14:49:08

Section 3:

Wilby’s Partita has sorted the problems out good and proper up in Darlington. The third movement (Pastorale) has caused plenty of problems whilst bands have struggled overall with the style of the piece, not forgetting having the ability to put four consistent movements together.

Interesting to see what Kevin Wadsworth makes of it all shortly

4BR going for:

4BR Prediction:

1. East Riding of Yorkshire
2. Houghton Brass
3. Ellington Colliery
4. Kingsway Printers
5. Ferryhill
6. Backworth


North of England • Saturday 15, 14:44:24

Section 3:

8. Ferryhill Town (Andrew Hall)

It’s a bold and confident start, even if the odd gremlin creeps in. Lord of the Dance is delivered with confidence, even if dynamics are pushed a touch.

Pastorale has a nice flow about it, as does the Coronation, but some tuning issues were prominent.

9. Ellington Colliery (Jonathan Fenwick)

It starts off confidently and with purpose and whilst the Lord of the Dance isn’t too bad, the problems come in the Pastorale—full marks for getting through it.

The closing Coronation isn’t too bad, although the dynamics are pushed at times though.


North of England • Saturday 15, 14:09:34

Section 3:

6. Trimdon Concert Brass (W Harrison)

The opening takes a little time to settle but it engages thereafter. Lord of the Dance isn’t too bad but the Pastorale proves to be really treacherous—full marks for perseverance though.

Coronation section just doesn’t quite knit together as well as it could

Top marks like others today for effort, but the piece was a tough ask to conquer.


7. Kingsway Printers Cleethorpes (Paul Murrell)

The attention to detail to get the opening right pays off, whilst there is a nice feel to the Lord of the Dance section.

The Pastorale has a nice flow about it and the Coronation has a joyful feel to it that is delivcred with confidence.


North of England • Saturday 15, 13:30:24

Section 3:

4. Dunston Silver (Steven Archer)

Takes time to settle, it’s far from easy. Lord of the Dance needs a touch more spirit and life within it whilst the Pastorale proves very tricky

The closing Coronation section just doesn’t happen for them.

Tough going for Dunston but full marks for commitment and effort.


5. Houghton Brass (Tom Gibson)

The opening is neatly played—nothing really over done. Lord of the Dance works well: bright and breezy but not pushed dynamically beyond its limits.

Pastorale isn’t bad at all—MD brings lovely sense of control to the section whilst the concluding Coronation is full of joy with a firm grip on the dynamics.

Not a bad account at all.


North of England • Saturday 15, 12:57:34

Three bands in the Third Section and 4BR's annual trip to Darlington is a reminder of what a lively acoustic the contesting hall is - it's a multiple purpose sports hall, full stop,

Kevin Wadsworth will be hearing everything - bands that go too quick (in any section this weekend) come find that detail gets lost though.


North of England • Saturday 15, 12:54:39

Section 3:

1. East Riding of Yorkshire (Ian Scott)

It’s not a bad opening section. The Lord of the Dance is bright and breezy whilst the Pastorale has a nice musical feel to it. The Coronation is certainly lively but npot without a few un tidy moments. Not a bad marker though.

2. Marske Brass (Alun Prest)

Opening section settles well, with just a few uncertain moments. The Lord of the Dance is taken at a nice steady tempo - as opposed to a dancing one—not too bad though.

The Pastorale movement proves tricky whilst the closing Coronation Section isn’t too bad.

It’s not a bad effort, just lacked consistency.


3. Backworth Colliery (Colin Harris)

Opening takes time to settle whilst Lord of the Dance section is nicely controlled. The Pastorale is a tough nut to crack, but they get there.

Coronation Section is not bad, but it needs more clarity and detail to make an impact in this section.


North of England • Saturday 15, 11:53:10

Section 3 Draw:

Third Section:
Test Piece: 'Partita for Band' (Postcards from Home) - Professor Philip Wilby

Saturday 15th March
Draw 10.30am
Commence 12 noon

Adjudicator: Kevin Wadsworth

Backworth Colliery (Colin Harris) 3
Dunston Silver (Steven Archer) 4
East Riding of Yorkshire (Ian Scott) 1
Ellington Colliery (Jonathan Fenwick) 9
Ferryhill Town (Andrew Hall) 8
Houghton Brass (Tom Gibson) 5
Marske Brass (Alun Prest) 2
Kingsway Printers Cleethorpes (Paul Murrell) 7
Trimdon Concert Brass (W Harrison) 6


North of England • Saturday 15, 11:17:28

Good morning from Darlington - 4BR's last stopping off point in Northern England.

The North of England is always a great place to come with a friendly welcome and plenty of banter on offer.

We have two secction's today: the Third commences at 12 noon followed by the Second Section in mid afternoon.

The draw took place for the Third Section at 10.30 am and we will post once adjudicator, Kevin Wadsworth is in the box prior to the start.

Join us throughout the weekend for the battle for honours in Cheltenham and Kensington in the autumn.


North of England • Saturday 15, 10:20:53

The action in the Dolphin Centre in Darlington kicks off at noon with the Third Section, followed by the Second Section - so things should be wrapped up nice and early here.


North of England • Thursday 13, 12:10:01

For preview & predictions go to:
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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.


Phil Lawrence

ARCM PGRNCM MFTCL ARCM B.Mus.
Composer and conductor