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Report & Results: 2017 BBLNI Solo & Ensemble

There was an excellent turn out of talented performers at the recent Brass Band League of Northern Ireland Solo & Ensemble competition.

Solo winners
  There was a great turn out of playing talent on show for judges Glyn and Helen Williams.

Players from member bands of the Brass Band League of Northern Ireland recently came to the Malone Presbyterian Church Hall in Belfast for their annual Solo & Ensemble competition.

As ever, there was a large turnout with over 100 entries. Particularly encouraging this year was the increase in younger players competing in the senior sections, with several gaining podium finishes — all of which bodes well for the future of banding in Northern Ireland.

Delighted

The organisers were particularly delighted to have invited Glyn and Helen Williams to adjudicate the senior and junior sections.

In return the Cory duo thanked the BBL for the warm welcome and commented that they were suitably impressed by the standard of playing, particularly in the Junior and Youth Band Sections.

The organisers were particularly delighted to have invited Glyn and Helen Williams to adjudicate the senior and junior sections4BR

Results:

10 & Under Solo:

1. Joanna McCullagh (1st Old Boys)
2. Eve McAuley (Wellington Memorial Silver)
3. Pearse Duffy (Downshire)

12 & Under Solo:

1. Owen Brannigan (1st Old Boys)
2. Jonathan Stewart (Wellington Memorial Silver)
3. Jay Cully (Third Carrickfergus)

12 & Under Ensemble:

1. 1st Old Boys Youth
2. Downshire

Youth Band:

1. 1st Old Boys Youth

15 & Under Solo:

1. Louise Bell (1st Old Boys Youth)
2. Hasan Kaymark (Comber Silver)
3. Andrew Milligan (1st Old Boys Youth)

17 & Under Solo:

1. Peter Alcorn (Downshire)
2. Tom Alcorn (Downshire)
3. Lauren Stewart (Wellington Memorial Silver)

17 & Under Ensemble:

1. 1st Old Boys Youth

John Patton Trophy (Most promising player across the Under 10, 12 and 15 classes:
Eve McAuley

Slow Melody:

1. Ross Lyness (1st Old Boys)
2. Claire Heuston (Third Carrickfergus)
3. Jackie Moore (Third Carrickfergus)

C Solo:

1. Dean McCoy (Dungannon)

B Solo:

1. Daniel Sharpe (1st Old Boys Youth)
2. Tom Alcorn (Downshire)
3. Mercer MacWilliam Hughes (1st Old Boys Youth)

A Solo:

1. Nathan Thompson (Laganvale)
2. Claire Hueston (Third Carrickfergus)
3. Mark Bingham (1st Old Boys)

10 Piece A:

1. 1st Old Boys
2. Comber Silver

Senior Ensemble:

1. 1st Old Boys A
2. Wellington Memorial Silver
3. Comber Silver

B Quartet:

1. Wellington Memorial Silver A
2. Wellington Memorial Silver B
3. Comber Silver

A Quartet:

1. 1st Old Boys B
2. 1st Old Boys A



A4 Quartet

Fancy a chance to improve your A4 credentials?

February 25 • The Rockingham Band will be holding a great workshop day in April aimed at helping players of all abilities thanks to the exciting talents of the lads of the A4 Quartet.


Centre Stage

Centre Stage ready to give that little bit extra for success

February 25 • Centre Stage Uniforms and Percussion will once again be supporting their 'local' Championships by giving bands just what they want.


Great Pennine Music

Pennine Music on the road to Blackpool

February 25 • As soon as the contest performance is over much sure your take a look at all the fantastic concert repertoire on offer at Pennine Music.


Geneva Group

EBBA make sponsorship link with Geneva

February 25 • Geneva Instruments joins the raft of high profile sponsors of the European Brass Band Championships.


Black Dyke Band - Morley Town Hall

Saturday 25 February • Town Hall Buildings, 68 Queen St, Morley, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS27 9DY


The Cobham Band -

Saturday 25 February • The Vera Fletcher Hall, 4 Embercourt Road, Thames Ditton KT70LQ


Elland Silver Band - Lofhouse 2000 and Tingley Bands & Oldsilkstone

Saturday 25 February • All Saints Church Savile Road Elland HX5 0NH


Contest: North West Regional Championships

Sunday 26 February • Winter Gardens Complex, Church Street, Blackpool. FY1 1HU


GUS Virtuosi Band - The Hawth Brass Series

Sunday 26 February • The Hawth theatre, Crawley RH10 6YZ


Amesbury Town Band

February 24 • Players and beginners of any standard are always warmly welcomed. We could do with more trombones, solo cornets and percussionists to help out existing players. Feel free to drop in even if you just fancy a blow or want to try another instrument


The Corsham Band

February 23 • The band are currently looking to recruit either second or third cornet players to further strengthen our friendly and enthusiastic team. Why not come along for a blow and an enjoyable evening at one of our rehearsals. .


Uppermill Band

February 22 • Following the Area Contest, due to work commitments, 2 of our Players will be relocating. As a result an ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL CORNET and a further CORNET Player (position negotiable) will be required to complete our team. Rehearsals Mon & Wed 7:45-21-30


Andrew White

MA(Ed Man), B Ed (Hons), BBCM, ADNCB, PGCE, Cert Ed
Conductor, Arranger, Adjudicator & Educationist