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I couldn't have asked for more! — Nick Childs talks to 4BarsRest about winning the Yorkshire Area

Nick Childs and Black Dyke win in Yorkshire — and he tells us how it felt. Click on for the interview.


"I couldn't ask for more... a delighted yet stunned Nick Childs told us, minutes after his band had won the Yorkshire Area title for the first time since 1998.

"The players have been brilliant both in the run up to the contest and on the stage itself. We seemed to have gone up a gear as soon as we started to play... David Thornton's gliss was amazing to start us off and we went from strength to strength from there on."

A feature of the performance was Roger Webster on solo cornet — a performance noted by the adjudicator.

"Steve Sykes (the adjudicator) mentioned that he was looking for the style of playing and mentioned that even amongst a group of top class cornet soloists on the day, one stood out — that one was Roger, who was breathtaking on the Eddie Calvert solo — his gliss was sheer class."

As for the rest of the band, Nick was delighted for them all — especially the older members. "They have worked really hard over the last few years and have had their fair share of disappointments — this makes up for some the lean times."

Was there any secret to the win? "Not really. Just hard work and commitment — and we've certainly got that here. We are all pulling in the same direction and we all want success for the band. We've put in some big band numbers into concerts over the last few months to get the players accustomed to the style of the piece — we were comfortable with the styles Philip Wilby wanted"

Any doubts about the win? "Of course! Contesting is all about doubts.. Grimethiorpe, Brighouse and especially YBS were oustanding today and any of them would have been worthy winners. To win against that field makes it very special."

And the future? "A couple of days rest and then back to it. The number of phone calls and congratulations have been amazing. You never know how many supporters Dyke have until you win something. I can't imagine what it would be like if we get to win the Nationals in November."

With that he was off — Dyke are back in business.

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BA (hons), PGDip (RCM), ARCM, ALCM
Conductor, piano accompanist and educator