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2017 Regional Championships
University of Salford
02 April

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Comments and analysis by Malcolm Wood & Sophie Hart (London & Southern Counties) and Iwan Fox & Matthew Ruel (Wales).


London and SC

Sunday 19, 21:28:29

It's all over now...

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It's all over now...with the final place going to Friary Guildford

And that's it for the 2017 Regional Championships — from Blackpool via Huddersfield, Bedworth, Perth, Durham, Torquay, Swansea and finally Stevenage.

There will be tales of triumph and despair, hard luck stories and inspiring ones too. It has been a long, demanding and highly rewarding musical experience for all the bands taking part — and for those, including the team from 4BR, that have listened.

Hope you have enjoyed our coverage. Now for a rest and then to finish off all those news reports to bring everything up to date...


London and SC

Sunday 19, 21:21:02

Results:

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1st place Friary Guildford (Chris King)

Championship Section:

Test Piece: 'Pageantry' (Herbert Howells)
Adjudicators: David Hirst and Steve Sykes

1. Friary Guildford (Chris King)
2. Redbridge Brass (Jeremy Wise)
3. Zone One Brass (Richard Ward)
4. Haverhill Silver (Mark Ager)
5. East London Brass (Jayne Murrill)
6. Aveley & Newham (Robert Nunnery)
7. Thundersley Brass (Nigel Taken)
8. Medway (Melvin White)
9. Wantage Silver (Craig Patterson)
10. Northfleet Brass (Melvin White)
11. Staines Brass (Dan Floyd)
12. East of England Co-operative (Nigel Cooper)

Best Trombones: Friary Guildford
Best Tenor Horn: Medway
Best Euphonium: Wantage Silver
Bes Cornet: Friary Guildford


London and SC

Sunday 19, 20:31:40

Championship Section:

Malcolm Wood's final round up and prediction:

London bands can hold their heads high after this contest. It seems 'the do's' and 'do nots' on 'Pageantry' have been taken on board over the past month.

The top four as they announce here, could be very interesting indeed. Friary Guildford, may just get pipped at the post for the title, but the order could be down to pure taste in the box

David Hirst and Steve Sykes will know what they want and don't want

4BR Prediction:

1. Friary Guildford
2. Redbridge
3. Haverhill
4. East London Brass
5. Zone One
6. Aveley & Newham

Dark Horse: Medway



Wales

Sunday 19, 20:15:20

Prizes

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First Section: Winners Parc & Dare (Leftfield Environmental) (Capt Paul Collis-Smith)

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First Section: Winners Parc & Dare (Leftfield Environmental) (Capt Paul Collis-Smith)

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Second Section: Winner 1. Abergavenny Borough (Sean O'Neil)

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Third Section; Runner-Up Abertillery & District (Josh Ruck)


London and SC

Sunday 19, 20:09:07

Championship Section:

12. Redbridge Brass (Jeremy Wise)

Jeremy Wise leads Redbridge as the last band, and it really goes for the jugular with a 'nothing to lose and everything to gain' mentality. 'King's Herald' doesn't disappoint. This is purposeful stuff, full of vigour and intent but all done so tastefully with style and musical purpose. Great start.

The 'Cortege' is full of graciousness — so dignified and respectful. It's regal with heartfelt emotion. The laying to rest is done with real dignity.

The call to joust is an effective clarion. This is so well judged — and there are just some unforced errors creeping in which take the sheen off things. It's a terrific, powerful close though.

Could be close as to whether the title is theirs or not, but a serious contender for Kensington.


London and SC

Sunday 19, 19:48:53

Championship Section:

11. Northfleet Brass (Melvin White)

Melvin White returns for his second 'Pageantry' of the day, and the reading is exactly the same as earlier. It's 'do what's on the score' — and there is nothing overdone. It's not without flaws though. The 'Kings Herald' opening section is well judged, but just has some brittle edges to take the sheen off things.

The Cortege is cautious. In a purely musical sense, it just needs more belief that it can be played and it drags more than is preferred. The errors creep in.

'Jousts' is steady. There is nothing elaborate here, no tempo's pushed. There is tiredness within the ensemble, but it is one of those brave efforts today — and there have many. Lovely reading, but execution just fell short.



London and SC

Sunday 19, 19:30:58

Championship Section:

10. East of England Co-operative (Nigel Cooper)

One of the few renditions today where a band really found out how tough 'Pageantry' can be. The musical intent was there from the beginning, but it just didn't link together with the solidity needed. The 'King's Herald' is uneven in delivery and has caution to it, with steady tempos.

The 'Cortege' is well shaped, but again there is an uneven feel and it needs more flow to really bring out the music.

The call to joust is tricky, but cornet gets there in the end. This is a brave old effort, but tiredness is creeping in. The desire is there to deliver, but it just doesn't come off.


London and SC

Sunday 19, 19:29:35

Championship Section:

9. East London Brass (Jayne Murrill)

Jayne Murrill leads East London Brass through a rendition full of musical intent. The opening is nicely styled, if a bit up on the tempo, but its within the ensemble's grasp.

The Cortege is nicely coloured although slow in motion. It's so dignified. Impressive stuff this and it works. The music is getting time to breathe. Great climax. Well done.

The joust opening is bravura, although not flawless, but it certainly has intensity and drama. There is a real appeal about the way this has been handled. Tasteful sounds and so measured, but what will the judges make of it?


London and SC

Sunday 19, 18:52:30

Championship Section:

8. Staines Brass (Dan Floyd)

It's a composed start from the Middlesex-based outfit before the verve and excitement comes to the fore. It's nicely styled with restraint. Little bits of scrappiness creep in though.

The slow procession to the graveside, whilst dignified, has a few uncertain moments. It's a shame in many ways as there is a good projection of the music. Everyone is giving it all they have.

The clarion call misfires and is hit and miss. There is a common sense approach from the MD who is not pushing things too much. There is gritted determination very much at the fore as tiredness creeps in at the close.



London and SC

Sunday 19, 18:36:20

Championship Section:

7. Aveley & Newham (Robert Nunnery)

It's a slightly untidy dismount to the opening, leaving the 'Herald' some work to do to impress. He does that though as it recovers the composure and settles down. This is steady without being pushed.

The central 'Cortege' is nice and lyrical without being over sentimental. A time to reflect for people to have their own thoughts. As the body is laid to rest — it is done so with dignity.

The clarion call is a touch nervy to open the jousting, but its bold stuff. The sense of drive is palpable and well paced. The regal climax is tasteful, before compact sounds at the close.


Concert - Grimethorpe Colliery: Bury St Edmunds Festival

Saturday 27 May • The Apex, Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD


Middleton Youth Band - Middleton Band & The Houghton Weavers

Saturday 27 May • St Michael's Church. Townley Street. Middleton. M24 1BT M24 1BT


Hitchin Band - Hitchin Band at Abington Bandstand

Sunday 28 May • Abingdon Park Bandstand NN3 3HN


Contest: All England International Masters

Sunday 28 May • Kettering Conference Centre, Thurston Dr, Kettering NN15 6PB


Concert - Grimethorpe Colliery: Forum Theatre

Saturday 3 June • Forum Theatre, Barrow, Duke St, Barrow-in-Furness LA14 1HH


Chinnor Silver

May 25 • We need a Bb BASS player to complete our happy line up. Good book of concerts and contests planned by this 2nd section band.. We have well attended rehearsals in our own bandroom on a wednesday evening


The Corsham Band

May 25 • Having secured a place in the National Finals at Cheltenham in September along with promotion to the 2nd Section from January 2018 the band are now looking to fill a couple of vacancies. One front row and one back row cornet plus an EEb Bass. .


Rhyl Silver Band

May 24 • Rhyl Silver Band is a North Wales competing band in the process of rebuilding requiring:. Solo Cornet, Repiano Cornet, Solo Horn, Eb and Bb Bass.. . If interested please contact the band via the website.


David A. Stowell


Conductor and composer