Besson Solo & Ensemble Contest

Discussion in 'The Adjudicators' Comments' started by hornydevil, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. hornydevil

    hornydevil Member

    Whilst many North West Bands competed in the Preston District Contest Blackburn & Darwen Quartet travelled further afield to Sunny Scotland for the Besson Solo & Ensemble Contest. The SBBA decided to make both the senior solos and ensembles open events therefore encouraging players from outwith Scotland to enter.

    The B & D Quartet consisting of Rob Johnson, Rob Speakman on cornet, Tariq Ahmed on tenor horn and Rachael King on Euphonium played Divertimento and were up against some stiff opposition from top championship section bands including Kirkintilloch and Bo'ness & Carriden.

    The adjudicators for the weekend Michael Dodd, principal euphonium of Grimethorpe Colliery, along with International soloist and Grimethorpe's new resident conductor, James Gourlay were impressed with the tight ensemble playing from our talented team and awarded them first place.

    The prize included medals for each member, a silver trophy and a Besson Cornet. Two wins in two months is a fantastic start to 2009 for the Blackburn & Darwen Band.:clap:
  2. jockinafrock

    jockinafrock Active Member

    Congratulations - sounds like a force to be reckoned with! :clap: What piece did the q'tet play? :D
  3. Les Wood

    Les Wood Member

    Are you sure Kirkintilloch Band quartet was playing though?

    Les Wood
    Kirkintilloch Band
  4. pienbeans

    pienbeans New Member

    Congratulations to young Charles Cullen on becoming the Scottish Solo champion at his 300th attempt!

    Heard him on Saturday night playing with Whitburn ........ no hiding class Chic ....... a real cornet sound ....... something of a novelty these days.

    Amazingly Chic's grandfather, Ian Fleming, was 3rd ............ not bad effort for someone of Ian's age.

    Well done guys.

  5. hornydevil

    hornydevil Member

    Hi Les, it said in the programme Trombone Quartet from Kirkintilloch Band they played some excerpts from Liszt. They were very good. ;)

    Very enjoyable day at a very well run contest. :)

    Solo contest had some super playing, I personally enjoyed the tenor horn player from Whitburn.
  6. hornydevil

    hornydevil Member

    The B & D quartet played Divertimento by Philip Sparke.
  7. TuTuKu

    TuTuKu Active Member

    I believe it was Kirkintilloch Kelvin Brass who came 2nd with a very good trombone ensemble... Well done to the Blackburn and Darwen lot - great day, we certainly enjoyed ourselves, and were quite proud to be placed only two points below a champ sect band, even if we were 4th(/last!) :D

    I can't help thinking that if there were a seperate lower section prize or even a seperate lower section ensemble class there might be more entrants. There's such a big ability gap between the youth and open ensemble competitions that it might be nice to have something fill the gap to encourage all the different levels of banding in Scotland to enter.

    Nevertheless, we played well and enjoyed ourselves, and that's what it's all about! Whoop :D
  8. oisin

    oisin New Member

    It was a great weekend. Especially enjoyed the concert on the Saturday evening (especially Whitburn's incredible arrangement of Innuendo). As someone who is terrified with the prospect of having to enter the "grown up" section next year, i would agree that something in between might be a good idea. Either a lower section/ non contesting band contest, or even something like an under 25/30 prize?
  9. jockinafrock

    jockinafrock Active Member

    Crackin' piece that! :D
  10. Les Wood

    Les Wood Member

    Kirkintilloch Band and Kirkintilloch Kelvin are two separate bands (though both under the same umbrella organisation). Kirkintilloch Kelvin have a fantastic trombone section though - glad to see they came second.

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