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Report & Results: 2013 Scottish Challenge Cup

St Ronan's end the year on a high after commanding Scottish Cup victory in Perth.

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St. Ronan’s Silver rounded off their contesting year with a comprehensive victory in the Scottish Challenge Cup in Perth.

Evocative account

Conducted by Chris Bradley, who just a week previously had tasted success of his own in winning the ‘Best Flugel’ award at Brass in Concert with Whitburn, they produced an evocative account of Simon Dobson’s emotionally charged ‘Penlee’ to claim the trophy and £250 first prize.

The band from Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders initially qualified for the event following its win at the Scottish Championship in March.

Good form

Since then they have enjoyed a fine year, impressing many with their performance at the National Finals in Cheltenham, where they were unlucky not to have featured in the prizes and coming runner-up at the recent Borders Entertainment Contest.

On this occasion however all three independent judges were unanimous in their praise of their performance, each placing it first in their order of preference.


Adjudicator Leigh Baker summed up his written remarks by saying: "Wow—I feel quite moved at the close and so do the audience. A great show—thank you all. So colourful, so descriptive."

As with the Scottish Challenge Shield, a number of withdrawals meant that only four bands took to the Perth Concert Hall stage, although the standard was high thanks to well chosen own selections that showed off each band’s musical ambition.

Solid performances

Barrhead Burgh eventually claimed second place and the Highest Placed Fourth Section Band award under Brian Keachie thanks to a solidly delivered ‘Laudate Dominum’ with the rapidly rising Tullis Russell Mills Intermediate showing the progress they have made during 2013 with vibrant account of ‘Dark Side of the Moon’.

Peebles Burgh rounded off the results table with a solid delivery of ‘Dimensions’.

Great weekend

It also proved to be a great weekend for the Innerleithen organisation with the St Ronan’s Future Band competing in the Scottish Youth Championships, where they were awarded second prize in the novice section.

Band Secretary Keith Belleville later told 4BR: "We are delighted with the performances of both our bands in Perth at the weekend. The hard-work put in by all of the players and both conductors has really paid off with excellent results."

We are delighted with the performances of both our bands in Perth at the weekend. The hard-work put in by all of the players and both conductors has really paid off with excellent resultsSecretary Keith Belleville

Scottish Challenge Cup

Adjudicators: Leigh Baker, Simone Rebello, John Boax
Own Choice
Baker/Rebello/Boax = Total

1. St.Ronan's (Chris Bradley): 1/1/1 = 3
2. Barrhead (Brian Keachie): 4/2/2 = 8
3. Tullis Russell Intermediate (Steven Craig): 2/4/3 = 9
4. Peebles Burgh (Stephen Baird): 3/3/4 = 10

Highest placed Third Section Band: St Ronan's
Highest placed Fourth Section Band: Barrhead Burgh

National trophies

2018 National Finalists confirmed

March 19 • The list of bands who will challenge for National honours in the autumn is now complete following the last round of 2018 Regional contests on the weekend.

Friary Guildford

Result: 2018 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship: Championship Section

March 18 • Frairy Guildford make it four wins in a row as they retain their top-flight title and are joined at the Albert Hall by Thundersley.


Result: 2018 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship: Fourth Section

March 18 • Bradwell Silver strikes gold to take Fourth Section title and head to Cheltenham alongside Regent Community Brass and Great Yarmouth Brass.


Result: 2018 North of England Regional Championship: Championship Section

March 18 • NASUWT Riverside makes it a North of England Area double as they head back to the Albert Hall as champions again with Reg Vardy in tow.

Black Dyke Band - The Hawth, Crawley

Sunday 18 March • The Hawth, Hawth Ave, Crawley RH10 6YZ

Contest: Welsh Regional Championships

Sunday 18 March • Brangwyn Hall, The Guildhall, Swansea SA1 4PE

Contest: London & SC REgional Championships

Sunday 18 March • Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage SG1 1LZ

Contest: North of England Regional Championships

Sunday 18 March • The Gala Theatre, 1 Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA

Black Dyke Band - Mirfield Parish Church

Thursday 22 March • Mirfield Parish Church, 38 Church Lane, Mirfield WF14 9HX

Knaresborough Silver Band

March 19 • Knaresborough Silver Band are looking for percussion players to join them following their recent success in the Areas 3rd section gaining our 3rd Cheltenham invitation in the last 4 years. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings @ 7.30pm.

East Yorkshire Motor Services Brass Band

March 19 • The EYMS Band has an immediate vacancy for a first class Solo Euphonium Or Solo Baritone. With The Grand Shield on the horizon and a sensible concert schedule we are looking for a talented individual to join this experienced section.

Chinnor Silver

March 19 • We are sadly loosing one of our award winning bass team soon(best basses award at areas) so we are looking for a Bb BASS . Good book of contests and concerts planned including butlins . We rehearse on Wednesday in our own bandroom

Sarah Groarke-Booth

BA (Hons) MA
Conductor, Adjudicator, Compere, Actor