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2012 Yorkshire Regional Championship — Bradford preview

Yorkshire does things its way... and it's hard to disagree that it doesn't work

St Georges
HallDespite the steam punk mechanics and Heath Robinson design, Yorkshire banding continues to produce 21st century contest results the envy of the rest of the UK.

The gruff boast about ‘Yorkshire Pride’ had a fair degree of substance about it in London and Cheltenham last year, with Brighouse & Rastrick and City of Bradford returning home with National Championship titles to their name.

Hard to disagree

However, Yorkshire banding does things its own way – and it’s hard to disagree that it doesn’t work (helped by having one of the best run contests around).

That’s despite the ongoing debate for a radical overhaul of the grading structure, which this year sees a bloated field of 13 bands battle for one extra qualification place in the Championship Section. 

There is also the curious anomaly of a Second Section that contains four promoted bands from the Third Section but none that have come down from the First.

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The biggest flag of all to wave...

Flag waving

Nobody was prouder (or better at flag waving) than Regional Secretary Peggy Tomlinson when Brighouse & Rastrick and City of Bradford claimed those titles.  

A realist as well as a romantic for all things Yorkshire, Peggy will surely be just as happy with the small increase in numbers taking to the St George’s Hall stage on the weekend as she was in seeing the National Championship Trophy reside in her beloved county for a sixth time in a row.

Cheltenham saw a revival of fortunes for the Yorkshire representatives after the ‘annus horribilis’ of 2010, with three podium finishers to go with Bradford’s victory, and the good news continues here too, with the return of three competitors, including Markham Main making their first appearance since 2007 in the Fourth Section. 

Great contesting venue

St George’s Hall remains one of the great contesting venues of world banding – the sense of eager anticipation and throbbing excitement is palpable at times, so it comes as little surprise that the television cameras have been trying to capture some of the heady mix for a programme that may be shown on sometime in the future, so keep youe eyes peeled on the weekend.

Drama

They should have plenty of drama to catch, with the top section providing a late night climax on Sunday to what promises to be an enthralling weekend.

4BR will be there as usual to catch all the action and that drama as it unfolds.

Let’s just hope there is enough steam in the contest boiler....

Iwan Fox



Regent Hall Concerts - Trafalgar Brass

Friday 6 August • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London SE7 8RE


Epping Forest Band - Proms on the Green

Sunday 8 August • On the green outside the Epping Forest District Council Civic Offices CM16 4BZ


Regent Hall Concerts - Arc Brass

Friday 13 August • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London . SE7 8RE


Regent Hall Concerts - The Wind Ensemble of the Band of the RAF Regiment

Friday 20 August • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London . SE7 8RE


Regent Hall Concerts - The Brass Ensemble of the Central Band of the RAF

Friday 27 August • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London . SE7 8RE


Deepcar Brass Band

August 2 • Musical Director required from September onwards who will help to continue developing and motivating the band.4th section band next year we are keen to regain 3rd section status. We are open to discussions with conductors of varying ranges of experience.


Chapeltown Silver Prize Band

August 2 • MUSICAL DIRECTOR, we invite applications from enthusiastic, hardworking, motivated individuals, who will challenge and further develop the success of the band. Based North Sheffield, 5 mins from M1 jct 35/36, with a sensible balance of concerts/contests.


Lydney Band

August 1 • Vacancies exist for a TROMBONE and an Eb BASS to strengthen the team. We are a 3rd section band (West of England), based in the Forest of Dean, Glos. Rehearsal - Friday evenings. Good travel links from Gloucester, South Wales and South Gloucestershire.


Simon Gresswell


Conductor, adjudicator, tutor, tuba specialist


               

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