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Report & Results: 2017 Whiston Festival of Brass

Thoresby Colliery provide the top entertainment as they carry on their excellent 2017 form.

tHORESBY cOLLIERY
  Thoresby Colliery Band added yet more silverware and prize money to their 2017 contesting CV

Thoresby Colliery Band continued their excellent 2017 form by claiming the Whiston Festival of Brass title. Directed by David Holling they took the honours ahead of Yorkshire rivals Strata Brass, with Chapeltown Silver in third.

The band's star flugel player Mandy Holling deservedly took the 'Best Instrumentalist Award, whilst Section awards were presented to Stannington (Best First/Second Section) and Shirland Welfare (Best Third/Fourth Section)

Fine day

It proved to be a fine day of music making — starting off with a brief interlude of Irish dancing, as well as a sing-along session for young and old, with Elsa and Anna from Disney's 'Frozen'.

The youngsters in the Training and Unregistered Section also provided the audience with great musical treats.

Final touch

As a great final touch, players were invited to join the final band on stage, Strata Brass for the 'Acrobat Challenge', whilst members of the audience were also asked to take part in a brief prayer for the victims of the terrorist atrocities in Manchester & London, accompanied by a stirring rendition of the hymn 'Manchester'. The evening ended with '1812 Overture' with synchronised fireworks.

It proved to be a fine day of music making — starting off with a brief interlude of Irish dancing, as well as a sing-along session for young and old, with Elsa and Anna from Disney's 'Frozen'4BR

Results:

Adjudicator: Kevin Wadsworth

Championship Section:

1. Thoresby Colliery (David Holling)
2. Strata Brass (Jonathan Bates)
3. Chapeltown Silver (Andrew Dennis)

First/Second Section:

1. Stannington (Derek Renshaw)
2. South Yorkshire Police (Jack Capstaff)
3. Worsbrough Brass (John Hopkinson)

Third/Fourth Section:

1. Shirland Welfare (Lynden Cooper)
2. Maltby Miners Welfare (Terry Clifford)
3. Loxley Silver (Lee Dunkley)

Junior & Unregistered Section:

1. Shirland Training (Ian Beckett)
2. Lions Junior Brass (Tom Hancock)
3. Rotherham Schools (Jeremy Wade)



Battle

Brass Bands England to help lead support of a nation's thanks

February 23 • Brass Bands England will help promote 'Battles Over' — a unique commemoration of the end of the First World War, 100 years to the day the guns finally fell silent.


David King

National Champions look for Odyssey repeat

February 23 • Brighouse & Rastrick will be opening their doors for a sneak preview of their 'Odyssey' preparations.


Signings

Strata build Regional hopes on new foundations

February 23 • Strata Brass will head to Huddersfield next weekend with a number of new signings in the ranks.


Radio

Radio: Sunday Bandstand

February 23 • More great music from Chris Helme in the heartland of Yorkshire banding


Marshfield Band - Marshfield Male Voice Choir

Saturday 24 February • Marshfield Community Centre SN14 8PG


The Brighouse & Rastrick Band - Chirst Church Ilkley

Saturday 24 February • Christchurch,. The Grove,. Ilkley LS29 9LW


Marshfield Band - Marshfield Male Voice Choir

Saturday 24 February • Marshfield Community Centre. Hayfield. Marshfield SN14 8PG


The Cobham Band -

Saturday 24 February • The Vera Fletcher Hall . 4 Embercourt Road. Thames Ditton. KT7 0LQ KT70LQ


Milton Keynes Brass - "Blow away those Winter Blues"

Saturday 24 February • The United Reformed Church. High Street. Newport Pagnell MK16 0FH


Enderby Band

February 24 • Enderby Band are looking for a SOLO TROMBONE to join us after the Area Contest. We are a hard-working and sociable band and are looking for a committed player to fill a key seat. We have a sensible mix of concert and contests throughout the year.


West Somerset Brass Band

February 23 • West Somerset Brass is looking to strengthen its cornet and baritone section. We are a community band playing all over Somerset and hope to undertake a tour to France later in the year. If you can play whatever standard please make contact


The Corsham Band

February 22 • Having now been promoted to the 2nd Section for the forthcoming Contest season, the band are now looking for a back row cornet player, 2nd or 3rd, to join our team


David Frame


Bass/Tenor Trombone Player, Adjudicator (Member of AoBBA) Occasional Conductor