2013 Scottish Championships — As it happened

All the action from the 2013 Scottish Championships — as it happened.

Scotland • Monday 11, 09:55:45

Championship Section:
Sunday 10th March
Test Piece: 'Harmony Music' - Philip Sparke
Adjudicators: David Roberts and Jim Davies

1. Whitburn (Ian Porthouse),2 - 190*
2. Kirkintilloch (Phillip McCann),1 - 188*
3. Co-operative Funeralcare (Dr. Nicholas Childs),4 - 186
4. Kingdom Brass (Luc Vertommen),3 - 185
5. Kirkintilloch Kelvin Brass (Charles Keenan),9 - 182
6. Clackmannan District (Paul McKelvie OBE),10 - 181
7. Lochgelly (Grahame Tindall),5 - 180
8. Dalmellington (Archie Hutchison),7 - 179
9. Bo'ness & Carriden Silver (Bryan Allen),8 - 178
10. Dalkeith & Monktonhall (James Chamberlain),6 - 177

*Top 2 bands qualify for Finals

Scotland • Sunday 10, 17:55:26

10. Clackmannan District (Paul McKelvie OBE)
Noticeable entries from horns and the opening is very loose. Horn chorale shows some quality but it’s all very heavy and loose when the full band emerges. Transition is a bit random in character and euphonium is unlucky with the top notes in the cadenza. Sensible tempo chosen for the fast section but again it struggles to stay together.
Cornet gives us a nice moment at the start of Ravel and the veteran soprano player shows his quality in the ‘dead princess’ tune. Cornet cadenza one of the day’s best attempts and horn takes his time to get there without incident.
Reprise is better and we hear the band seemingly more relaxed as it approaches the finale, but it is probably too late to make a major impact.
A good effort but, again, mistakes were many and noticeable.

Scotland • Sunday 10, 17:37:33

9. Dalmellington (Archie Hutchison)
A major mishap blights the opening and its all at sea for a bar or so. It recovers but the transition into the euphonium solo is a bit of a mess. Euphonium shows quality and the fast section sets off at a sensible tempo, but it never really seems to get into its stride.
Tuning is a major issue at the start of Ravel, but the cornet solo is top-notch. Cadenza not quite so tidy and the horn is unlucky to knock a couple over.
There are more major issues with ensemble as it moves on towards the end. Not a day to remember for Dalmellington, but the main soloists can all be pleased with their work.

Scotland • Sunday 10, 17:17:49

8. Bo'ness and Carriden Silver (Bryan Allen)
Noticeable splits to open from horns and it is very bold when the full band enters. There is a lack of subtlety about it and the transition into the euphonium solo goes at warp speed. Euphonium strains at the top but it’s all in there, but the following section is littered with scrappy playing. It calms down a bit as Ravel section begins, but intonation is a problem. Cornet cadenza almost mission accomplished but does feel a bit flat in pitch. Horn does well and we hear the band at its best at the following climax.
Fast section again lacks detail but the band certainly leaves nothing left unsaid. A spirited performance but not one that we expect to see near the top.

Scotland • Sunday 10, 16:57:29

7. Kirkintilloch Kelvin Brass (Charles Keenan)
A robust opening and the fanfares are strong, but the excellent horn chorale calms things down a bit and it builds to a tasteful climax. Transition is a bit of a mess but the truly outstanding euphonium get it back on track. Fast section sets off at quite a pace and some uncomfortable entries creep in along the way. Top marks for spirit though, but untidy ensemble detracts from lead in to Ravel.
Slow movement opens shakily but carefully plotted cornet cadenza adds to the overall quality and the horn is one of the best today. A pity about the percussion attempting to obliterate both cadenzas though.
More untidy ensemble as it moves on towards the finale, but the spirit never leaves it and the band remains strong to the last.
Not a bad effort with the occasional moment of brilliance, but just too many details went adrift along the way.

Scotland • Sunday 10, 16:39:14

6. Dalkeith and Monktonhall (James Chamberlain)
Some untidiness in the opening and the fanfares are understated by a short-handed cornet section. Horns handle the chorale nicely and there is a nice approach leading up to the following climax. Transition is a bit light on detail but the euphonium does superbly well. A well-chosen tempo and the detail that we do hear is generally well played. There’s quite a bit left to the imagination though.
Ravel opens well and the cornet solo is all there. Some untunefulness follows but the cornet cadenza is bravely executed, followed by an excellent horn. The band seems to regain confidence and it goes well to the reprise.
The faster sections remain a challenge, but the conductor works hard to keep the shape of the music and there is plenty to commend.
Another that found it tough on Harmony Music but the players and conductor should be delighted with their efforts.

Scotland • Sunday 10, 16:18:50

5. Lochgelly (Graeme Tindall)
Opening is confident, but there are a few accidents leading into the fanfares. It recovers well though and stays tidy through to the euphonium cadenza. Great effort from the euphonium and the fast section sets off at a sedate tempo, but it unravels in a couple of places and lacks any dynamism.
Fin attempt at capturing the style in the Ravel section but there are some uncomfortable moments. Cornet cadenza is knocked out with gusto and horn does well until the last few notes.
Reprise is better but again there are clips appearing and a lot of the detail is lost. The finale is untidy but the band finishes with a strong sound.
This was a decent attempt and the conductor managed to extract the best out of the players, but Harmony Music is just a step too far for Lochgelly.

Scotland • Sunday 10, 16:00:11

4. Co-operative Funeralcare (Dr. Nicholas Childs)
Tidy opening from horns and the following fanfares are very good. Some untidiness in the horn chorale but the climax reveals a top-class sound. Trombones have an accident before the transition into the euphonium cadenza, which is about as good as it can be! Right on tempo in the animated section but there a few splits up top. The quality is there though, and it flows well revealing all the detail.
Lead up to Ravel has a good feel about it, although individual mistakes do appear in the slow section. Cornet cadenza is shared and they almost make it seamless. Horn is very good indeed and the band’s best qualities of sound and dynamics are revealed in the following climax.
Reprise is well-controlled and there is again plenty of detail in the ensemble. Individual slips creep in as it goes on though, but they are fleeting. Finale retains the excitement and we again hear the difficult cornet parts coming through.
Another fine performance on a day that we seem to be spoiled up here in Perth.

Scotland • Sunday 10, 15:38:23

3. Kingdom Brass (Luc Vertommen)
Just a clip or two in the horn opening, but the fanfare section is well handled all round. Nice horns in opening chorale, but there are some middle band clips before the first climax. Transition is good and the euphonium plays with real style and confidence. Fast section opens at a sensible tempo and it goes well, with only occasional untidiness.
Transition is in just the right style and Ravel opens confidently. Solo cornet turns to the audience and plays with confidence and it leads nicely into the cadenza section. Cornet (Harmen Vanhoorne) is characteristically brilliant but horn struggles to maintain it. It recovers well though, but the reprise lacks the drama of the earlier bands.
Back up to tempo it is all heard but there are still occasional lapses in ensemble. Finale is played at a sensible tempo and it finishes in a blaze of glory.
An excellent show, but the mistakes were of the obvious variety and may keep it away from the very top.

Scotland • Sunday 10, 15:21:55

2. Whitburn (Ian Porthouse)
Another clean start from horns and the fanfares are well-measured and the horn chorale has real quality. Full band sound is also impressive and the transition is well handled by trombones and percussion. Euphonium takes her time through the cadenza but it’s all played with aplomb. Fast section is dynamic and colourful and the tempo seems about right for the band, although there are some small clips along the way.
Transition into Ravel is handled with ease and the cornet solo is very tastefully handled and the lead up to the cadenzas is well phrased. Cornet cadenza is perfect and has an ease of style, more than matched by the masterful horn.
Reprise not quite as clean as opening from horns and baritones, but there is a real sense of drama about it. Detail abounds in the fast section and it remains under control all the way, really building up to an exciting finale.
Whitburn at their best today. Could really take some beating.

Scotland • Sunday 10, 14:58:11

1. Kirkintilloch
Clean start by horns leading to dramatic and well-balanced fanfares.
Transition just a bit untidy and flying mutes don’t help! Excellent euphonium cadenza leads to a high-octane animated section, but the band is on the edge of its technical capacity in places.
Lead in to Ravel section is just a bit too lively for us but it is nicely handled once it calms down and there are some lovely musical touches. Some uncertainty in solo passages doesn’t detract too much. Cornet cadenza has lots of space and the soprano dovetail is almost seamless. Horn cadenza follows in same style and it is all in place.
Reprise is just as dramatic as the opening and it flows well into faster tempo and it works better than first time around. It’s still on the edge of their capabilities though and some of the detail gets lost as a result. Final section not all heard but it is very fast. A very good opener though.

Scotland • Sunday 10, 14:41:29

Championship draw

Championship Section
Sunday 10 March
Starts 2.40pm
Adjudicators: David Roberts and Jim Davies
1. Kirkintilloch (Phillip McCann)
2. Whitburn (Ian Porthouse)
3. Kingdom Brass (Luc Vertommen)
4. Co-operative Funeralcare (Dr. Nicholas Childs)
5. Lochgelly (Graeme Tindall)
6. Dalkeith and Monktonhall (James Chamberlain)
7. Kirkintilloch Kelvin Brass (Charles Keenan)
8. Bo'ness and Carriden Silver (Bryan Allen)
9. Dalmellington (Archie Hutchison)
10. Clackmannan District (Paul McKelvie OBE)

Scotland • Sunday 10, 14:37:56

Sorry for the connection problems
Section 1 result
1. Newtongrange Silver (Paul Collis-Smith)190
2. Johnstone Silver (Paul Kiernan) 188
3. Coalburn Silver (Gareth Bowman) 186
4. Newmilns and Galston (Nigel Boddice MBE) 185
5. Bon Accord Silver (Stephen Malcolm) 184
6. Granite City Brass (Alan Haggart) 183
7. Broxburn and Livingston (Charles Farren) 182
8. Croy Silver (Kenneth Blackwood) 181
9. Arbroath Instrumental (Michael Robertson) 180
10. City of Discovery (Gavin Lindsay) 179

Scotland • Sunday 10, 12:52:38

Section 1: Seven down and three to go in Perth. Still Bon Accord for us with a close call for second between Johnstone, Newtongrange and Arbroath. Possible contender in Newmilns and Galston just coming on now.

Scotland • Sunday 10, 11:31:28

Section 1: Three down and Bon Accord is surely well ahead after a highly-charged but tasteful account of Brass Triumphant under Steve Malcolm. Fabulous solo playing, especially from euphonium and trombone, and real detail throughout. Could be difficult to beat.

Scotland • Sunday 10, 10:31:43

Welcome to snowy Perth for the second day of the Scottish Championship. 1st Section just starting. Draw:


First Section:

Sunday 10 March
Starts 10.30am
Adjudicators: Tony Swainson and John Maines

1. Johnstone Silver (Paul Kiernan)
2. Arbroath Instrumental (Michael Robertson)
3. Bon Accord Silver (Stephen Malcolm)
4. Croy Silver (Kenneth Blackwood)
5. Granite City Brass (Alan Haggart)
6. Newtongrange Silver (Paul Collis-Smith)
7. City of Discovery (Gavin Lindsay)
8. Newmilns and Galston (Nigel Boddice MBE)
9. Broxburn and Livingston (Charles Farren)
10. Coalburn Silver (Gareth Bowman)

Scotland • Saturday 9, 21:44:43

Second Section:
Saturday 9th March

Test Piece: 'The Plantaganets' - Edward Gregson
Draw: Pre-drawn
Commences: 5.40pm
Adjudicators: Tony Swainson and Alastair Orr

1. Unison Kinneil (Craig Anderson) 10 - 187*
2. Bathgate (Andy Shaw) 7 - 184*
3. Annan Town Band (David Shanks) 8 - 183
4. Jedforest Instrumental (Phil Rosier) 4 - 182
5. Tullis Russell Mills (Martyn Ramsay) 1 - 180
6. Shotts St.Patrick's Band (Michael Marzella) 5 - 179
7. St.David's Brass (John A Dickson) 3 - 178
8. Campbeltown Brass (Paul Stone) 6 - 177
9. Kilmarnock Concert Brass (Raymond Tennant) 2 - 176
10. Perthshire Brass (George D Annan) 11 - 175
11. Irvine & Dreghorn (John Boax) 9 - 174

Scotland • Saturday 9, 20:49:37

All over in the 2nd Section and it was a tough day for a lot of them. Tullis's number one didn't seem to hamper them though and we have them well in front of St. David's and a further gap to Kilmarnock and a disappointing Kinneil. Campbeltown Brass and Shotts St. Patrick's could be close to the frame too. On balance though, the piece was far too hard for the majority of the bands.

Scotland • Saturday 9, 20:30:29

One to go in Perth and it's still Tullis, a clear length a head of St. David's. A real curate's egg from Kinneil could leave the favourites disappointed at the end of the day. Local favourite Perthshire Brass about to start.

Scotland • Saturday 9, 19:55:22

Three to go in Perth and it's still Tullis by a distance from St. David's for us. Irvine and Dreghorn about to start...

Scotland • Saturday 9, 19:05:25

Around the halfway point in Perth 2nd Section. A few finding the going fairly tough so Tullis a distance in the lead at the moment. Some good efforts by individual soloists with euphonium players excelling themselves in general, but truly excellent cornet solos from Tullis and St. David's.

The young players of Campbeltown Brass on just now and they're playing their socks off so far...

Scotland • Saturday 9, 17:52:38

A real good one from Tullis Russell to open here in Perth. MArtyn Ramsay in total control and all soloists deliver with style. Could take a lot of beating on a piece as difficult as this...

Scotland • Saturday 9, 17:15:55

2nd Section underway in Perth in around 20 minutes.

Tullis Russell draws the short straw and will play first.

Scotland • Saturday 9, 17:13:40

Third Section:
Saturday 9th March

Test Piece: 'Hollywood' - Goff Richards
Draw: Pre-drawn
Commences: 1.30pm
Adjudicators: Jim Davies and John Maines

1. St. Ronan's Silver (Chris Bradley) - 185
2. Kingdom Brass 'B' (Kenneth Blackwood) - 184
3. Selkirk Silver (Alan Fernie) - 183
4. Peebles Burgh (Stephen Baird) - 182
5. Brass Sounds Inverclyde (David Hutcheson) - 181
6. Renfrew Burgh (Mark Good) - 180
7. Langholm Town (Chris Shanks) - 179
8. MacTaggart Scott (Jamie McVicar) - 178
9. Dumfries Town (Peter Heyes) - 177
10. Bon Accord Silver 'B' (Richard Kidd) - 176
11. Buckhaven and Methil Miners (David Neil) - 175

Scotland • Saturday 9, 16:57:23

Second Section draw

Saturday 9 March
Starts 5.40pm
Adjudicators: Tony Swainson and Alastair Orr

1. Tullis Russell Mills (Martyn Ramsay)
2. Kilmarnock Concert Brass (Raymond Tennant)
3. St. David's Brass (John A. Dickson)
4. Jedforest Instrumental (Phil Rosier)
5. Shotts St. Patrick's (Michael Marzella)
6. Campbeltown Brass (Paul Stone)
7. Bathgate (Andy Shaw)
8. Annan Town (David Shanks)
10. Unison Kinneil (Craig Anderson)
9. Irvine and Dreghorn (John Boax)
11. Perthshire Brass (George D. Annan)

Scotland • Saturday 9, 16:27:31

All done in the 3rd Section at Perth. An excellent contest with some very good attempts at Goff Richards' Hollywood, but many found the more exposed sections quite a challenge. No clear-cut winner for us but we'll go for Kingdom B, St. Ronan's, Brass Sounds Inverclyde, Buckhaven and Methil, Selkirk and Renfrew Burgh. Will be an absolute miracle if we are correct as nobody quite finished the job on this one.

Scotland • Saturday 9, 15:30:52

Buckhaven and Methil Miners giving a good account of itself at the moment - band no. 8. Tough section to call so far, but Kingdom perhaps a gnat's whisker ahead of St. Ronan's at the moment, but no one has really locked the door behind them yet.

Scotland • Saturday 9, 14:43:58

Nearly halfway through the 3rd Section in Perth and the standard has been pretty good so far. Style in the slower sections the biggest challenge and not all of them have managed to pull that off. Close at the top between Kingdom B and St Ronan's for us but a long way to go...

Scotland • Saturday 9, 14:13:19

Three down and eight to go in the 3rd Section. Pretty close so far but St. Ronan's a possible leader. Some small lapses but a solid band sound and an extra degree of style may just make the difference for the Borderers so far.

Scotland • Saturday 9, 13:32:20

Big celebrations for Barrhead in the foyer as 3rd Section gets underway with Brass Sounds Inverclyde and David Hutcheson - sounding good so far!

Scotland • Saturday 9, 13:20:12

Third Section Draw:

Saturday 9 March
Starts 1.30pm
Adjudicators: John Maines and Jim Davies

1. Brass Sounds Inverclyde (David Hutcheson)
2. Bon Accord Silver 'B' (Richard Kidd)
3. St. Ronan's Silver (Chris Bradley)
4. Kingdom Brass 'B' (Kenneth Blackwood)
5. Peebles Burgh (Stephen Baird)
6. Renfrew Burgh (Mark Good)
7. Dumfries Town (Peter Heyes)
8. Buckhaven and Methil Miners (David Neil)
9. Selkirk Silver (Alan Fernie)
10. Langholm Town (Chris Shanks)
11. MacTaggart Scott (Jamie McVicar)

Scotland • Saturday 9, 13:17:18


Fourth Section:
Test Piece: 'A Devon Fantasy' - Eric Ball
Commences: 10.00am
Adjudicators: David Roberts and Alastair Orr

1. Barrhead Burgh (Brian Keachie) - 179
2. Tullis Russell Intermediate (Steven Craig) - 177
3. Dysart Colliery (Bruce Fraser) - 175
4. Tayport Instrumental (Frank Culross) - 174
5. Callander Brass (Ian Milligan) - 173
6. Penicuik Silver (Stuart Black) - 172
7. Dundee Instrumental (John M. Tonner) - 171
8. Dunfermline Town (Ross Hunt) - 170
9. Queensferry Community Brass (James Anderson) - 169
10. Hawick Saxhorn (Alan Fernie) - 168

Scotland • Saturday 9, 12:25:15

Last band just about to finish in Scottish 4th Section. Hopefully have the results before 1pm.

Tullis Intermediate by a short head from Barrhead Burgh, Hawick Saxhorn (surely one of the best names in banding!) and Dysart Colliery for us, but it could be a very close one at the top. Some very good efforts all round but Tullis's handling of the difficult third movement just gives them the edge for 4br. Quite a few bands under-strength but they all made the best of what they had and it was good to see ten bands back in the section again.

Scotland • Saturday 9, 11:46:26

Three to go here in Perth and Hawick Saxhorn has just given an excellent performance. Fine young players around the band with Harry Marshall on solo cornet the pick of them...

Scotland • Saturday 9, 11:16:15

Halfway point in the 4th section and it's Tullis Intermediate by a nose for us. Some nice playing so far but the third movement is causing a few shaky moments.

Scotland • Saturday 9, 10:59:42

Four down and Tullis delivers an excellent one to take a possible lead in the 4th Section. Excellent 3rd movement too, with Hannah Worthington on solo cornet the star of the show but a fine one all round.

Scotland • Saturday 9, 10:30:05

First two bands played in Perth, both under-strength in personnel, but two tidy performances of A Devon Fantasy to get us underway.

Scotland • Saturday 9, 10:02:21

4th Section Draw:

Section 4
Saturday 9 March
Starts 10.00am
Adjudicators: David Roberts and Alastair Orr

1. Dundee Instrumental (John M. Tonner)
2. Dysart Colliery (Bruce Fraser)
3. Callander Brass (Ian Milligan)
4. Tullis Russell Intermediate (Steven Craig)
5. Penicuik Silver (Stuart Black)
6. Dunfermline Town (Ross Hunt)
7. Hawick Saxhorn (Alan Fernie)
8. Barrhead Burgh (Brian Keachie)
9. Queensferry Community Brass (James Anderson)
10. Tayport Instrumental (Frank Culross)

Scotland • Friday 8, 10:31:34


Championship Section:
Test Piece: 'Harmony Music' - Philip Sparke
Draw: tbc
Commences: 2.40pm
Adjudicators: David Roberts and Jim Davies

First Section:
Test Piece: 'Brass Triumphant' - Gareth Wood
Draw: Pre-drawn
Commences: 10.30am
Adjudicators: Tony Swainson and John maines


Second Section:
Test Piece: 'The Plantaganets' - Edward Gregson
Draw: Pre-drawn
Commences: 5.40pm
Adjudicators: Tony Swainson and Alastair Orr

Third Section:
Test Piece: 'Hollywood' - Goff Richards
Draw: Pre-drawn
Commences: 1.30pm
Adjudicators: Jim Davies and John Maines

Fourth Section:
Saturday 9th March
Test Piece: 'A Devon Fantasy' - Eric Ball
Draw: Pre-drawn
Commences: 10.00am
Adjudicators: David Roberts and Alastair Orr

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Regent Brass - 'Brass on the Grass' at Westminster Abbey

Wednesday 14 August • Great Peter House, Abbey Gardens, 2 Great College St, London SW1P 3SE


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David Frame

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