It’s Simply Red at Reading and the JAGS Mount Torquay
Redbridge Brass under the baton of Melvin White secured victory at Reading Invitation Contest on Saturday 10th, whilst a few hundred miles further west, JAG Mount Charles continued their recent rich vein of form by taking the honours at the SWBBA contest in Torquay.
Redbridge who last year were runners up took the top prize of £600 and the “Mercury” Silver Challenge Vase in Reading with a narrow one point victory over Rolls Royce (Coventry) who were conducted by Dave Lea. The test piece was Philip Sparke’s “Partita” and the composer himself was one of the two adjudicators for the day with Howard Evans who described the two top prize winning performances as “outstanding”.
Third place went to the improving B.T.M. band from South Wales who continued their return to prize winning performances under the baton of David Stowell. Fourth spot was taken by First City Brass conducted by Jeremy Wise.
There was an amount of confusion however at the end of the contest due to the fact that the Parc and Dare band from Wales failed to turn up for the contest even though they were drawn to play number 6 in the morning. This led to some misunderstanding at the results as some bands were unclear to what draw number they were given on the judges remarks sheets and whether this coincided with their actual playing number on stage. Thankfully it was sorted out.
Redbridge’s win upset the form book a little as they took the title ahead of some more fancied (and higher 4BR ranked) bands on the day, whilst Rolls Royce (Coventry) also put in a fine show in what has otherwise been a somewhat disappointing year. The win should lift them a place or two from 60th in our rankings, whilst Rolls Royce (55th) should add a few points to their ranking spot as well. Pre contest favourites, First City (39th) and BTM (38th) should have done enough to hold onto where there are though.
Our tips for success did OK coming home 4th, 3rd, 1st, 6th, 2nd and 5th. Not too bad—right bands slightly wrong order!
Capitol Concert took home the prize for the highest placed 1st Section band whilst the soloist honours went to Clive Zanowynski, Eb tuba with City of Oxford.
Many thanks to Suzanne Cherrington for taking the time to send us the details for the report.
1. Redbridge Brass. (Melvin White)—197pts
2. Rolls Royce (Coventry). (Dave Lea)—196pts
3. BTM. (D. Stowell)—194pts
4. First City Brass. (J. Wise)—193pts
5. City of Oxford
6. Bournemouth Concert
8. Regent Brass
9. Capitol Concert
10. Clacton on Sea Cooperative
11. Swindon Pegasus
Parc and Dare withdrew
Adjudicators: Philip Sparke and David Evans.
JAGS win Again!
Meanwhile on the sunny English Riviera coast in the lovely town of Torquay, the JAG Mount Charles band continued their run of contest successes with a firm and comfortable win in the Championship Section of the SWBBA Contest.
Directed by resident conductor David Loukes they held off the challenge of Thornbury taken by Anri Adachi to secure a two point victory.
In the other sections, St. Keverne and Derek Greenwood continued their winning ways with a one point victory over Thornbury (again!) in the First Section. Thornbury certainly were busy then! Sherborne Town (who we thought gave a decent show up in Pontins to come 19th!) came home in third place.
The Second Section saw victory go to St. Stythians conducted by Derek Johnstone who had a narrow one point victory over Bugle Silver and Phoenix Brass in third place, whilst the Third Section saw Lympstone South West Telecoms put behind them their disappointment at coming 9th in Pontins a few weeks back to romp to victory over Royal British Legion Crownhill Plymouth and Penzance Silver.
The Fourth Section title was won by Hayle Town who continued their improved form after coming 5th at Pontins who won ahead of Saltash who also continued their good form from the National Finals where they were 7th and Newquay.
The Youth Sections where there is such strength in Cornwall at the moment was the real contest of the day and the honours went to JAG Mount Charles conducted by recent Pontins prize winner Jonathen Small who beat off rivals St. Austell, whilst the Junior Section saw victory go to St. Dennis who secured a very fine 4 point wining margin over Camborne, who in turn were 4 points ahead of St. Pinnock.
The adjudicators for the day were John Berryman and Brett Baker, and many thanks to Chris Broscomb for getting us the details.
Junior -Own Choice Test Piece and Hymn Tune
1 St Dennis (Brian Minear) 194
2 Camborne (Alan Pope) 190
3= St Pinnock (Jane Whitehead)186
3= Torrington (Robert Partin)
Best Hymn Tune -St Dennis
Youth -Hollywood by Goff Richards
1 JAG Mount Charles (Johnathen Small) 191
2 St Austell (Stephen Osborne) 190
Best Instrumentalist -Solo Cornet St Austell
Fourth Section -Episodes for Brass by Ronald Hamner
1 Hayle (Derek Johnston) 192
2 Saltash (David Dobson) 191
3 Newquay (Steve White)190
Best Basses -Saltash
Also entered -Bideford, Constantine, Oakhampton Excelsior, Sidmouth Town and
Third Section -New World Symphony arr. D Rimmer
1 Lympstone South West Telecoms (Charles Femming) 180
2 Royal British Legion Crownhill Plymouth (Steve Williams) 179
3 Penzance Silver (Stephen Thomas) 177
4 Torrington Silver (Terrence Hutchings) -----
Second Section -Resergum -Eric Ball
1 St Stythians (Derek Johnston) 185
2 Bugle Silver (Simon Manley) 184
3 Phoenix Brass Crewkerne (Gary J Greenstock)) 183
St Pinnock (Vivian Willcocks) ----
First Section -Purcell Variations -Kenneth Downie
1 St Keverne (Derek Greenwood) 190
2 Thornbury (Anri Adachi) 189
3 Sherborne Town (Alan Macrae) 188
Also Lanner and District, St Austell, Torbay and Totnes
Championship Own Choice by Philip Sparke
1 Jag Mount Charles (David Loukes) 193
2 Thornbury (Anri Adachi) 191