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Big prizes up for grabs by Morecambe

Lancashire Life Morecambe launch celebratory composition competition. £1000 is up for grabs so get your pens out. We have the details.


January 2004 sees the start of the Centenary Year for Lancashire Life Morecambe Band, and to celebrate this milestone in the Bands History they are launching a major National Competition for a new Brass Band composition in conjunction with the PRS Foundation

First prize of £1000
Runner up prize £250

The Band is looking to extend the typical brass band concert repertoire with a new and original composition at Section 2 level. It will have to meet a high standard if it is to impress the panel of Judges and then subsequently be the agreed best piece as voted by our Concert audience at Morecambe Dome on Saturday July 10th.

Consultations with a respected publisher of Brass Band Music here in the North has indicated a lack of good original concert music of 6-9 minutes duration. There are plenty of Marches, an abundance of arrangements from Lloyd Webber to Bach, plenty of Overtures and Test Pieces but a lack of good pieces to open or close a programme; this will be the target area.

The Band has already a terrific following in the district, concerts are often sold out and a new original piece celebrating such a distinguished landmark in the Band’s history would be very well received.

Preparing the two short listed pieces will give the Band (many of whom are young players) plenty to think about, since often modern Brass Band Music has frequent time changes and an increasing role for the percussion players. All good fun!

David Horsfield of Kirklees Music has stated that should the winning pieces meet their required standards then they would be prepared both for publication.

Details for Competitors:

The Committee are looking for an original Brass Band Composition at Section 2 level which will appeal to our large number of regular supporters.

Each piece must state clearly “Dedicated to Morecambe Band”.

Duration ��������������������
6-9 minutes

Closing date for registration �����
31st January 2004

Closing date for submission of scores
30th April 2004

Address for correspondence:

Bernard Vause. 5 Buseph Drive Morecambe LA4 6PQ
Telephone 01524 410409
Or E-Mail

Three finalist compositions will be chosen by a panel of adjudicators and rehearsed by the band in preparation for the final adjudication by the audience at the Centenary Concert on 10th July 2004 in Morecambe Dome.

First Prize �����£1000

David Horsfield at Kirklees Music has kindly undertaken to consider both winning entries for publication. Each entry must be scored on computer with facility for reproducing a full set of parts for a Brass Band of standard instrumentation (no more than 2 percussion players).

Further Notes:

1. No one affiliated to Morecambe Band may apply
2. An independent observer will be on hand at the deciding Concert on 10th July
3. The Judges short listing & subsequent audience vote on 10/7/04 will be deemed final. No appeal will be accepted.
Centenary Committee December 2003

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