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Pontins announce contest details

Full details of this year's Pontins Championship announced.

Pontins

 

Places are still available for bands to enter Pontin’s 35th Anniversary of brass band contesting, which will be held at their Prestatyn Holiday venue between Friday 24th October to Monday 27th October.

Increased prize fund

With an increase of the prize fund in all the lower sections and a return to its preferred date at the end of October, the organisers are hoping for a bumper entry list from bands.

Special

A spokesperson told 4BR: "With over £30,000 in prizes, trophies, travel allowance for resident bands, complete refunds offer in entry fees, and free admission to the Centre for non-resident bands, the 35th Pontins Brass Band Festival promises to be another special competitive music making and social occasion."

...the 35th Pontins Brass Band Festival promises to be another special competitive music making and social occasionPontins

Limited places

There are currently only one or two places available in the Harry and Margaret Mortimer Championships and First Sections and bands are advised to enter as soon as possible.

Harry and Margaret Mortimer Championship

Sunday 26th October
Test piece: Cloudcatcher Fells — John McCabe
Adjudicators: David Read & Derek Broadbent

First Prize: £2,500
Second Prize: £1,300
Third Prize: £700
Fourth Prize: £450
Special Award to youngest player, plus Soloist Award

First Section:

Saturday 25th October
Test piece: Sinfonietta ’The Wayfarer’ — Eric Ball
Adjudicators: Malcolm Brownbill & Colin Hardy

First Prize: £1,800
Second Prize: £1,000
Third Prize: £700
Fourth Prize: £450
Special Award to the youngest player


Second Section:
Sunday 26th October
Test piece: A Royal Mile Suite — Alan Fernie
Adjudicators: Malcolm Brownbill & Colin Hardy

First Prize: £1,800
Second Prize: £1,000
Third Prize: £700
Fourth Prize: £450
Special Award to the youngest player

Third Section:

Saturday 25th October
Test piece: Sinfonietta — Joseph Horovitz
Adjudicators: Phillip Harper & Roy Sparkes

First Prize: £1,800
Second Prize: £1,000
Third Prize: £700
Fourth Prize: £450
Special Award to youngst player

Fourth Section:

Saturday 25th October
Test piece: An Elgar Portrait — Dan Price
Adjudicators: David Read & Derek Broadbent

First Prize: £1,800
Second Prize: £1,000
Third Prize: £700
Fourth Prize: £450
Special Award to the youngest player

Fourth Section work

An Elgar Portrait Suite for Brass Band by Dan Price was written to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sir Edward Elgar and was chosen for the 2007 Swiss National Brass Band Championships Section 4.

The work was a finalist at the Kirklees Music/Salford University Composition Award May 2007.

The suite is in three movements: Introduction, Elegy and March, each of which have been inspired by three of Elgar’s most celebrated works; Chanson de Matin, Nimrod (Variation IX from the Enigma Variations) and Pomp and Circumstance No.1.

Introduction—Hollybush Hill

Hollybush Hill is the name of one of the peaks of the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire. The Malverns were a favourite walking area for Elgar and his wife and their panoramic views inspired much of Elgar’s music.

Elegy—Broadheath

Broadheath is the small village at the foot of the Malvern Hills where Elgar was born (and lived at various times throughout his life). Elgar is buried not far from Broadheath at St Wulstan’s in Little Malvern

March—Worcester Cathedral

Many of the Worcestershire ensembles and music festivals played an important role in Elgar’s early musical education. He was heavily involved in The Three Choirs Festival and either conducted or played in many of the light orchestras and vocal groups that performed at venues across Worcester. A statue of Elgar overlooks the Cathedral at the end of Worcester High Street.

Entry Forms

Entry Forms and Accommodation Details will be available from the Pontin’s Website www.pontins-prestatynsands.com

The Pontin’s Brass Band Committee always invites suggestions for any improvements to the Festival, from anyone with the Brass Band movement interest at heart.

Rules

As a result of this consultation, changes such as borrowed players, registry information system, pre-draw, and variation on the grading system have all been adopted in order to enhance the Festival.

The Contest Rules are published on both the Pontin’s and British Brass Band Registry Websites.

Further constructive suggestions are welcome and will always be considered. We would encourage anyone to contact the Contest Controllers Frank Hodges or Colin Morrison.

Feature

A feature of this event is the Shopping Street for Brass Band Traders situated at the rear of one of the Contest Venues and through which all bands pass during the weekend.

More information


More information is available from either of The Festival Contest Controllers:

Mr Colin Morrison , 22 Rushdon Close , Grays , Essex, RM17 5QW
Telephone/Fax Number (01375) 409807, E-mail —
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Mr Frank Hodges, 39 Broxton Avenue, Orrell, Wigan, WN5 8NP
Telephone: 01942 703217 Mobile: 07930 562 768
E-mail —



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


Alwyn Green

LRAM, LTCL
Conductor, composer, arranger, adjudicator, teacher and soloist