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Report & Results: 2017 Whiston Festival of Brass

Thoresby Colliery provide the top entertainment as they carry on their excellent 2017 form.

  Thoresby Colliery Band added yet more silverware and prize money to their 2017 contesting CV

Thoresby Colliery Band continued their excellent 2017 form by claiming the Whiston Festival of Brass title. Directed by David Holling they took the honours ahead of Yorkshire rivals Strata Brass, with Chapeltown Silver in third.

The band's star flugel player Mandy Holling deservedly took the 'Best Instrumentalist Award, whilst Section awards were presented to Stannington (Best First/Second Section) and Shirland Welfare (Best Third/Fourth Section)

Fine day

It proved to be a fine day of music making — starting off with a brief interlude of Irish dancing, as well as a sing-along session for young and old, with Elsa and Anna from Disney's 'Frozen'.

The youngsters in the Training and Unregistered Section also provided the audience with great musical treats.

Final touch

As a great final touch, players were invited to join the final band on stage, Strata Brass for the 'Acrobat Challenge', whilst members of the audience were also asked to take part in a brief prayer for the victims of the terrorist atrocities in Manchester & London, accompanied by a stirring rendition of the hymn 'Manchester'. The evening ended with '1812 Overture' with synchronised fireworks.

It proved to be a fine day of music making — starting off with a brief interlude of Irish dancing, as well as a sing-along session for young and old, with Elsa and Anna from Disney's 'Frozen'4BR


Adjudicator: Kevin Wadsworth

Championship Section:

1. Thoresby Colliery (David Holling)
2. Strata Brass (Jonathan Bates)
3. Chapeltown Silver (Andrew Dennis)

First/Second Section:

1. Stannington (Derek Renshaw)
2. South Yorkshire Police (Jack Capstaff)
3. Worsbrough Brass (John Hopkinson)

Third/Fourth Section:

1. Shirland Welfare (Lynden Cooper)
2. Maltby Miners Welfare (Terry Clifford)
3. Loxley Silver (Lee Dunkley)

Junior & Unregistered Section:

1. Shirland Training (Ian Beckett)
2. Lions Junior Brass (Tom Hancock)
3. Rotherham Schools (Jeremy Wade)

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Foden's Band - Matt Ford - Lichfield Cathedral

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

Enfield Citadel Band -

Saturday 25 November • The Salvation Army. 42 Clarence Road. Southend. SS1 1AN SS1 1AN

Contest: Swiss National Championships

Saturday 25 November • Stravinski Hall, Montreaux. Claude-Nobs 5, 1820 Montreaux, Switzerland 1820

Newstead Brass -

Saturday 25 November • John Godber Centre. Ogle Street. Hucknall. Nottingham NG15 7FQ

Lofthouse Brass Band - Lofthouse Christmas Fair

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

The Corsham Band

November 21 • With promotion to the 2nd Section from January 2018 the band are now looking for an experienced Front Row Cornet Player to join our friendly and enthusiastic team.

Chinnor Silver

November 20 • Despite winning the 2nd section at the GBBA contest we still need a Bb BASS to complete our line up. Good but realistic book of concerts and concerts planned.. We have well attended rehearsals on a Wednesday in our own bandroom.

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.

David Hirst

MA, B.Ed (Hons), LTCL
Conductor, adjudicator and arranger