After claiming the North West Area title in Blackpool earlier this year, last weekend the band made their way down to capital city in order to compete in this year’s National Championships in the Royal Albert Hall. The test piece this time around was Thomas Doss’ Spiriti, previously used for the European Championships.
The lead up to the contest was a very busy time for the band due to the three performances of Gavin Higgin’s ballet Dark Arteries with the Rambert Dance Company at the Lowry in Manchester, only two weeks beforehand. This left only one week for the band to work up the piece in time for the contest. Thanks must go to the dedication of the players for being able to prepare such a huge piece as Spiriti in such a short space of time. And of course we must not forget the meticulous preparation carried out by the band’s Musical Director Garry Cutt.
After a strong performance the band claimed the third prize position with a great reception. Our congratulations to runners-up Brighouse & Rastrick and this year’s winners, The Cory Band.
The band now pre-qualify for next year’s national finals. See you in 2016!
Adjudicators: Stephen Roberts, Howard Snell, Rob Wiffen
1. Cory (Philip Harper)*
2. Brighouse & Rastrick (Prof. David King)**
3. Fairey (Prof. Garry Cutt)*
4. Flowers (Paul Holland)*
5. Tredegar (Ian Porthouse)
6. Camborne (Kevin Mackenzie)
7. Zone One Brass (Richard Ward)
8. Reg Vardy (Russell Gray)
9. Co-operative Funeralcare (Allan Ramsay)
10. Grimethorpe Colliery (Dr Robert Childs)
11. Black Dyke (Prof. Nicholas Childs)
12. Whitburn (Michael Fowles)
13. Foden’s (Allan Withington)
14. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery (Phillip McCann)
15. Virtuosi GUS (Adam Cooke)
16. Northop Silver (Thomas Wyss)
17. Tongwynlais Temperance (John Berryman)
18. NASUWT Riverside (Stephen Malcolm)
19. Desford Colliery (LCIWTF) (Tom Davoren)
20. Friary Guildford (Chris King)
*top 4 bands pre-qualify for next year’s contest.