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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)


Results: 2018 UniBrass Trophy

February 17 • The students of the Royal Northern College of Music retain their hold on the UniBrass Trophy


Results: 2018 UniBrass Shield

February 17 • Bristol University come out top in the battle for the UniBrass Shield

Filton Concert

Results: 2018 Welsh Open

February 17 • Filton Concert reclaims Welsh Open title under the direction of Tom Davoren


Strong line-up for Scottish titles in Perth

February 17 • There will be plenty of keenly fought action at the Scottish Championship in Perth next month, with national representation, titles and qualification up for grabs.

Foden's Band - Patrons Concert

Tuesday 20 February • Sandbach School. Crewe Rd, Sandbach CW11 3NS CW11 3NS

Regent Hall Concerts - RAF Chamber Ensemble

Friday 23 February • Regent Hall. (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London W1C 2DJ (opposite RESERVED) W1C 2DJ

The Cobham Band -

Saturday 24 February • The Vera Fletcher Hall . 4 Embercourt Road. Thames Ditton. KT7 0LQ KT70LQ

Marshfield Band - Marshfield Male Voice Choir

Saturday 24 February • Marshfield Community Centre SN14 8PG

The Brighouse & Rastrick Band - Chirst Church Ilkley

Saturday 24 February • Christchurch,. The Grove,. Ilkley LS29 9LW

Strata Brass

February 17 • Require FRONT ROW CORNET (flexibility in the section) after Yorkshire Area (1st Section) in March.. Rehearsals SUN/WED.. MD Jonathan Bates (Solo Horn - Fodens Band). Sensible concert/contest schedule.

Shipston Town band

February 15 • We currently need a Kit percussionist, 2nd horn and Bb Bass as we prepare for the forthcoming Midlands Area at Bedworth in March. We are graded Section 4

The Corsham Band

February 15 • Having now been promoted to the 2nd Section for the forthcoming Contest season, the band are now looking for a back row cornet player, 2nd or 3rd, to join our team

David Frame

Bass/Tenor Trombone Player, Adjudicator (Member of AoBBA) Occasional Conductor