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Report & Results: 2017 City of Coventry & Warwickshire Brass Festival

There was plenty of great playing and a great ending to a fantastic day in Coventry — led by 10 year old Polly Rumble.

Polly Rumble
  10 year old Polly Rumble was one of the stars of the day in Coventry.

There was a fine turn out of playing talent on show at this year's event held at Bablake School in Coventry.

After the audience and judge's Paul Bennett, Stephen Cooper and Paul White had enjoyed some great performances, from young and old, closed with a competitors band of over 50 performing Andi Cook's lovely arrangement of 'Manchester', conducted by Dave Lea.

10 year old Polly Rumble (above) claimed the 10 Years & Under Slow Melody prize, whilst at the other end of the solo playing scale, the vastly experienced horn player Paul Bennett took the Festival Champion trophy.


10 years & Under: Slow Melody

1. Polly Rumble (Daventry Music Centre)
2. Alec Banner (Shipston)
3. Tallula Matthews (Shipston)

11 to 14: Slow Melody

1. Christopher Oddy (Enderby Youth)
2. Ewan Rigby (Towcester Primary)
3. Sam Bloomfield (Alcester Grammar)

Best Instrumentalist 14 & Under:
Polly Rumble (Daventry Music Centre)

15 to 18: Slow Melody

1. Luke Barker (Shipston)
2. Grace Coates (Shipston)

Open Slow: Melody

1. Paul Bennett (unattached)
2. Andrew Rigby (Jaguar Land Rover)
3. Sheila Allen (Bilton)

Duets: 14 & Under

1. Tallula & Matthews (Shipston)
2. Alex & Sam Bloomfield (KES and Alcester Grammar)
3. Lucy Salvia Oakes & Caitlin O'Neill (Manor Park)

Duets: 15 & Over

1. Ian Wright & Andy Mayell (Jaguar Land Rover)
2. Catherine Yates & Anne Parsons (Shirley)
3. Luke Barker & Grace Coates (Shipston)

Quartets: 18 & Under

1. Shipston Cornets
2. Clinton Castles quartet

Quartets: Open

1. Jaguar Land Rover Basses
2. Shirley Nott
3. Jaguar Land Rover A

Air Varie: 18 & Under

1. Luke Barker (Shipston)
2. Christopher Oddy (Enderby Youth)
3. Grace Coates (Shipston)

Air Varie: Open

1. Paul Bennett (unattached)
2. Andrew Rigby (Jaguar Land Rover)
3. Ian Wright (Jaguar Land Rover)


Alec Banner (Shipston)

Junior Sight Reading:

Luke Barker (Shipston)

Senior Sight Reading:

Andrew Rigby (Jaguar Land Rover)

Festival Champion:

Paul Bennett (unattached)

Youngest Girl: Tallula Matthews (Shipston)
Youngest Boy: Conor Davis (Clinton Primary)

Ian Williams

Williams memory at Brangwyn Hall

March 18 • There may be a keen battle for glory today in Swansea, but people will take time to remember one of the finest players to grace the Brangwyn Hall stage.

Brangwyn Hall

The return of Johnny Sop

March 18 • The lure of playing at the Welsh Regional Championships has been too much for one of Welsh banding's most respected players.


Expansion leads to great deals at EuphoniumStore

March 18 • There are lots more fantastic deals to be had at Steven Mead's EuphoniumStore — but you had better be quick...


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

March 17 • Sandhurst Silver strike gold as they head to Cheltenham as champions alongside qualifiers Amersham

Contest: London & SC Regional Championships

Saturday 17 March • Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage SG1 1LZ

Contest: Welsh Regional Championships

Saturday 17 March • Brangwyn Hall, The Guildhall, Swansea SA1 4PE

Contest: North of England Regional Championships

Saturday 17 March • The Gala Theatre, 1 Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA

Black Dyke Band - Victoria Hall, Bolton

Saturday 17 March • 37 Knowsley St, Bolton BL1 2AS

Contest: London & SC REgional Championships

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

Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band

March 17 • Musical Director due to work commitments, the Wakefield Metropolitan Band seeks applications for this position. 1st section band with a 5th place at the areas. We require someone with the drive and ambition to take us to the next level is this you ?

Walsall Brass Band

March 17 • WALSALL BRASS BAND are looking for Cornets, 1st Baritone, 2nd Euphonium, Bb Bass and Percusion.

Cheshire Constabulary Band

March 17 • We are urgently looking for a Tenor Horn, Cornet and snare drummers (for our Corps of drums). Smart friendly well run band with varied engagements, just one rehearsal a week. Open to all walks of life ( you do not need to work for the Police!)

Steve Pritchard-Jones

Conductor, Adjudicator, Teacher