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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



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