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Report & Results: 2017 Brighouse Festival of Brass

Milnrow add to their 2017 haul of silverware with another victory — this time on the march at Brighouse.

Milnrow
  Milnrow Band added to their haul of 2017 prizes with yet another victory led by Mark Bentham.

The 18th Festival of Brass, organised by Brighouse & District Lions, featured 22 bands that produced plenty of stunning playing in the Town Hall Square.

A record breaking crowd basked in the sunshine as All England Masters Champion Milnrow showed their quality to claim the £600 first prize as well as individual awards for 'Best March', 'Best Hymn', 'Best Soloist', 'Euphonium' and 'Trombone'.

Fellow Yorkshire rivals Hammonds Saltaire came runner-up, with Hepworth in third. Section prizes headed to Marsden Silver, Skelmanthorpe Prospect, Farnworth & Walkden and Gawthorpe '85, with Elland Youth taking the Youth prize.

Dedicated

This year's event was dedicated to fonder David Horsfield who sadly passed away last October. The Mayor of Calderdale, Councillor Ferman Ali welcomed everyone which began with a minutes silence for David, whilst his former band Clifton & Lightcliffe performed three pieces in tribute.

The adjudicator's were Derek Broadbent and Allan Holdsworth, whilst thanks were given to the raft of generous sponsors, Kershaw's Garden Centre, Blakeley's Fish Restaurant, Websters Insurance Services, Kirklees Music, No 43 Coffee House, Mr & Mrs Weyland Roberts and Brigitte Matthews, Calderdale Council and Kanban Crafts.

Gala Concert

The opening event of the Festival on Saturday evening featured Wardle Anderson Band conducted by Sean Conway in excellent Gala Concert form.

A packed audience at the Central Methodist Church enjoyed great entertainment from the band and featured soloists Grant Taylor, Emma Conway, Millie Mills, Harry Law, Adam Warburton and vocalist, Georgia Woodhead.

A record breaking crowd basked in the sunshine as All England Masters Champion Milnrow showed their quality to claim the £600 first prize4BR

Results:

1. Milnrow (Mark Bentham)
2. Hammonds Saltaire (Morgan Griffiths)
3. Hepworth (Leigh Baker)

Best March: Milnrow
Best Hymn: Milnrow
Principal Cornet: Hammonds Saltaire

Best Euphonium: Milnrow
Best Soprano Cornet: Hepworth
Best Trombone Section: Milnrow
Best Soloist: (euphonium) — Milnrow
Best Basses: Hammonds Saltaire
Best Road March: Hammonds Saltaire
Best Trombones on the Road March: Hepworth

Best Deportment: Hammonds Saltaire

Best First Section: Marsden Silver
Best Second Section: Skelmanthorpe Prospect
Best Third Section: Farnworth & Walkden
Best Fourth Section: Gawthorpe '85
Best Unregistered Band: Thurlstone

Best Hymn Tune (Fourth Section): Gawthorpe '85

Best Youth Band: Elland Silver Youth
Runner-up: Bradford Youth
Best Youth Soloist: (cornet) — Elland Youth

Youth Deportment: Elland Silver Youth
Youngest Player: Max Creese (Hebden Bridge)



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Your Logo Here

Big, little, large or small for Your Logo Here

November 17 • It doesn't matter about the size or number for Your Logo Here — just ask and we can keep everyone feeling part of your banding team...


Walsall Brass Band - Willenhall Singers

Saturday 18 November • Sneyd Communnity Centre, Vernon Way, Bloxwich, Walsall. WS3 2PA


Rushden Town Band -

Saturday 18 November • Park Rd Baptist Church, Rushden, Northamptonshire NN10 0RW


Contest: Brass in Concert

Saturday 18 November • Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead NE28 2JR


Foden's Band - Morley Town Hall

Saturday 18 November • Queen Street, Morley LS27 9DY


Black Dyke Band - Waterford, Ireland

Saturday 18 November • Carriganore Arena, Waterford Institute of Technology Sports Campus tbc


Newstead Brass

November 18 • Bb Cornet (position negotiable). . Newstead Brass, established Midlands Championship section, have opportunity for an additional cornet player. Suitable for experienced player or someone looking to take the next step in their development.


Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band

November 17 • FRONT ROW CORNET. SOLO TROMBONE. . The band have an exciting concert/contest/marching schedule ahead. We are looking for a committed front row cornet and solo trombone player to come and join us in the Yorkshire 1st Section! MD: Richard Larder.


Glossop Old Band

November 17 • SOLO TROMBONE. The Glossop Old Band Welcomes applications for the Solo Trombone Chair. The Band will be competing in the First Section as of 2018 and are looking to continue its progression back to the top levels of performance


James Chamberlain

BMus (Hons) PGCE
Conductor, Teacher