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World Rankings: October update

Further Welsh contest successes secure top rankings spots.

Cory Band

 

Welsh domination at the top of the World of Brass — British Bandsman Rankings is further cemented following last week’s National Final at the Royal Albert Hall, where Cory and Tredegar again took the top two places, reversing the order from the recent British Open.

Cory’s score now sits higher than any band since the rankings began in 2001 and there is a real possibility of the band breaking the 2,000 barrier by the end of the year if current form can be maintained through to the Brass in Concert Championship in November.

Significant movers since the last update include Woodfalls, which scored its first ever ‘frame’ placing at the Royal Albert Hall, and new National 1st Section Champion Tylorstown, while Valaisia Brass Band and Brisbane Excelsior both make significant strides following their victories in Switzerland and Australia respectively.

Top 10 bands

1. Cory
2. Tredegar
3. Foden's
4. Black Dyke
5. Brighouse and Rastrick
6. Leyland
7. Fairey
8. Co-operative Funeralcare
9. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery
10. Grimethorpe Colliery

Other contests included since the last update are:

Wychavon Festival — won by Aveley and Newham;
Fleetwood Contest — won by Morecambe;
SCABA Autumn Contest — won by Brass Band Zele;
Fife Charities — won by Kingdom Brass;
Swiss Open — won by Valaisia Brass Band;
Australasian Open — won by Brisbane Excelsior;
Australasian Entertainment Championship — won by Brisbane Excelsior;
West Wales Festival — won by Tylorstown;
Bolsover Festival of Brass — won by EYMS.

The next update will follow the Brass in Concert Championship, where eight of the current top ten bands will compete in the strongest line-up in the contest’s 37-year history.

To view all the ranked bands, go to:

www.4barsrest.com/­rankings/­default.asp



Grimethorpe

Kevin Crockford steps down from Grimethorpe

May 22 • Soprano star Kevin Crockford has announced that he has relinquished his role with the Yorkshire Band.


Albert Hall

Adjudication line-ups announced for London and Cheltenham

May 22 • The adjudication teams for the National Finals have been announced by Kapitol Promotions.


Andy WAREHAM

Wareham plays his cards right to claim Cory composer prize

May 21 • A work inspired by the dark mysteries of Tarot Card reading brings success for young composer Andy Wareham at the RWCMD /Cory Composition Competition.


Eikanger

Community celebrations continue for Eikanger

May 21 • Congratulations from the Prime Minister, local dignitaries and representatives from all parts of their local community continue to mark Eikanger's recent European title winning success.


Middleton Youth Band - Middleton Band & The Houghton Weavers

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


Concert - Grimethorpe Colliery: Bury St Edmunds Festival

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


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


Derwent Brass - Derwent Brass Stage & Screen Concert

Saturday 3 June • Derby Theatre, 15 Theatre Walk, Derby DE1 2NF


Shipston Town band

May 24 • We need Bb Cornets Tenor Trombone and a Bb Bass. We rehearse on Sundays 7 to 9 and Wednesdays 7.30 to 9.30 in our own band room. We are graded Section 4 and located in South Warwickshire. Come along for a blow with our experienced conductor Howard Gibbs


Amesbury Town Band

May 23 • Players and beginners of any standard are always welcomed. We urgently need a few more solo cornets, Bb bass and a spare percussionists to help out existing players. Feel free to drop in even if you just fancy a blow or want to try another instrument


York Railway Institute Band

May 21 • York RI Band (North of England Championship Section, MD Dr. David Lancaster), have immediate vacancies for Principal Cornet, Back Row Cornet and Flugel Horn players. Band members travel in from the West, East and South of York, so lifts are possible.


Gary Davies


Conductor, Band Trainer, Adjudicator