Bugle Contest

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  1. bravo

    bravo New Member

    21 Bands Enter The 2006 West Of England Bandsmen’s Festival

    On Saturday June 17th twenty one bands will compete for the 33 prizes available at one of the country’s oldest music competitions.

    Although the outdoor venue gives a general air of informality, players and audience treat the contest as a very serious competition.


    Competition is run to the Five National Grades. A Youth Section is also included, but to cover local considerations this is run under our own Festival rules. The most significant departure is that we allow two senior players to take the stage.

    Each class has a set
    test piece, the placings for which decides the Section winners. Additionally a second piece is set for the top sections, usually a Chorus, Hymn Tune or March. This is an historical hang over, and until more recent times the points awarded were aggregated to decide the class winners. We now feel the Test Piece is the major piece, but because of the nature of our audience the secondary piece has been retained to give variety.

    The march to and from the contest grounds was introduced at the inaugural Festival in 1912, and has been retained as a popular feature ever since, although optional for the bands. The morning march starts at 10am, before the contest itself and is but a short distance from the village centre. The Deportment Class is now adjudicated on the march, although when initially introduced the Deportment Judge sat at a small platform alongside the main stage and the band was rather oppressively assessed from the moment of registration.

    At the close of the contest the bands return to the village centre, where the Royal Trophy winners sign off the day by playing in the square. This is now well organised, but in early years there were some chaotic scenes as the village could not contain the mass of people, compounded by bands gaining on each other on the long march from Peniel (the then venue), often resulting in up to three bands playing simultaneously in the centre of the village.

    The most significant change has been to transfer the contest from the grounds at Peniel to the present venue at Molinnis Park. Cloaked in the historic past and set in atmospheric surroundings, Peniel had become the spiritual home of the Festival, but the total inadequacy of car parking arrangements for an increasingly mobile population and the lack of basic services was making it increasingly untenable. It was a brave decision to move, but one that probably ensured the long-term survival of the Festival.

    The Festival is not a fund raising venture for any organisation, its sole purpose being the continuation of the contest for the greater enjoyment of brass band music, as is defined by our Registered Charity status. Whilst attendance's have fallen away from those heady prewar years, it would still take a larger hall than Cornwall possesses to house the contest indoors.


    This year a total of 21 bands have entered the contest:

    Championship Section

    Bodmin Town
    Camborne Town
    Mount Charles

    First Section

    Lydmet Lydney
    Helston Town
    St Dennis
    St Keverne
    Wantage Silver A

    Second Section

    Bugle silver
    Hayle Town
    Soundhouse Brass
    St Stythians
    St Pinnock

    Third Section

    Pendennis Brass
    St Breward Silver
    South Molton Town

    Fourth Section

    Hatherleigh Silver
    Redruth Town
    Constantine Silver

    Youth Section

    Mount Charles Youth
    St Dennis Youth

    The Prize Money this year will total almost £4500 with the winners of The Championship Section being able to collect a Cheque for £1000, the highest cash prize in the West of England at a set test piece contest. Others Sections have not been neglected with a First Prize in the First Section of £500, Second Section £250 and Third, Fourth and Youth Section Winners £150.
    The Championship Section has been set, The Year of The Dragon by Philip Sparke and the hymn arrangement Love Divine by Philip Wilby. First Section Bands have Music for The Common Man by Kenneth Downie and the march Viva Birkinshaw by William Rimmer. In the Second Section it is Diamond Heritage by Darrol Barry and a hymn tune by Kenneth Downie, Lord of all Hopefulness. Just one piece for the Third Section which is Northern Landscapes by Peter Graham and for the Fourth Section, Partita by Edward Gregson. The Youth Section also tackle a piece by Philip Sparke, Kaleidoscope.
    The March to the contest will commence at 10am on Saturday 17th June with the contest itself starting at 10:45am.
    More information can be found at www.buglebandcontest.co.uk



    The Royal Trophy

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    Helston Town Band
     
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  3. GingerMaestro

    GingerMaestro Active Member

    Only 20 Bands Now as Lydmet Lydney have withdrawn
     
  4. AJSOP

    AJSOP Member

    Bugle 2007 is approaching...:clap:

    Championship Section

    Bodmin Town
    Camborne Town
    Helston Town
    Langley
    Mount Charles
    St Austell Town
    St Dennis
    Wantage


    Second Section
    Bugle Silver
    Heyl Town
    Kernow Concert Brass
    St Pinnock
    St Stithians


    Third Section
    Camborne B
    Hatherleigh Silver


    Fourth Section
    Hatherleigh Silver
    Kernow Concert Brass
    Lostwithiel Silver
    St Breward Silver


    Youth Section
    Mount Charles
    St Dennis
     
  5. bravo

    bravo New Member


    Transport back to 1912, a time when the gramophone was in its infancy and the wireless had not been invented. Live performances were the only opportunity of enjoying music and it was against this backdrop that the idea of a band contest was greeted with such enthusiasm.

    Within the concentrated Mid-Cornwall clay country villages there were in excess of a dozen bands, which gave a tremendous base, and it was estimated that around 6,000 attended that first contest.

    It was intended to be a one off event to raise funds for the building of a Working Men's Institute in the village, but such was the success of the day it was decided to continue as a Festival in its own right.


    The most significant change has been to transfer the contest from the grounds at Peniel to the present venue at Molinnis Park. Cloaked in the historic past and set in atmospheric surroundings, Peniel had become the spiritual home of the Festival, but the total inadequacy of car parking arrangements for an increasingly mobile population and the lack of basic services was making it increasingly untenable. It was a brave decision to move, but one that probably ensured the long-term survival of the Festival.

    The Festival is not a fund raising venture for any organisation, its sole purpose being the continuation of the contest for the greater enjoyment of brass band music, as is defined by our Registered Charity status.


    This year eight bands will compete for the coveted Royal Trophy in the Championship Section, alongside six local bands the Langley Band from the West Midlands will be visiting Cornwall to compete at the contest for the very first time and Wantage band from Oxfordshire make a welcome return after a successful trip last year.

    In total 19 bands will compete at the contest with adjudicator Denis Wilby and the audience being treated to 21 performances of the set works in the various sections. Making their first appearance at the contest this year will be the newly formed Kernow Concert Brass who will be competing in both the Fourth and Second Sections.


    This years entries are as follows:

    Championship Section

    Bodmin Town
    Camborne Town
    Helston Town
    Langley
    Mount Charles
    St Austell Town
    St Dennis
    Wantage

    Second Section

    Bugle Silver
    Heyl Town
    Kernow Concert Brass
    St Pinnock
    St Stithians

    Third Section

    Camborne B
    Hatherleigh Silver

    Fourth Section

    Hatherleigh Silver
    Kernow Concert Brass
    Lostwithiel Silver
    St Breward Silver

    Youth Section

    Mount Charles
    St Dennis

    This years contest will commence at 10am with the traditional march through the village, the main part of the contest will begin at 11am at Mollinis Park.

    For more information please visit our website www.buglebandcontest.co.uk
     
  6. tam-tam2

    tam-tam2 Member

    No entries in the First Section??!!.......knew I should have persuaded Lympstone to go!! Then again I would love to have played Carnival Romain in the top section too!
     
  7. Di

    Di Active Member

    Hi All

    The Bugle Contest has now been added to the tMP Predictions pages. To make a prediction, simply click on the "tMP Predictions" tab at the top of the page.

    Good luck to all and have fun. :)
     
  8. Another fine Bugle!!

    Another great day yesterday!! Well done to all the winning bands (especially mine!) here are as much of the championship section results i can remember! Well done to everyone in my band on a cracking performance.

    Championship Section

    Test Piece Carnaval Romain

    1st Camborne Town
    2nd Mount Charles
    3rd St Austell
    4th St Dennis
    5th Helston

    March Celebration

    1st Camborne Town
    2nd Mount Charles
    3rd St Dennis

    Best Player in Championship Section - Rob Jose (euph) Camborne
    Best Euphonium of The Day - Rob Jose - Camborne
    Best Cornet of The day - Ian Thomas - Mount Charles
    Best Soprano of the Day - Les Kneebone - Camborne
    Best Horn of the Day - Mark Letcher - Camborne
    Best Set of Basses - Mount Charles
     
  9. Flugem

    Flugem New Member

    Anyone know the results to all the sections?
     
  10. bravo

    bravo New Member

    Bugle Contest 2007 – Full Results

    Championship Section

    March – Celebration

    1 Camborne Town 96
    2 Mount Charles 94
    3 St Dennis 93
    4 St Austell Town 90
    5 Helston 87
    6 Wantage 86
    7 Bodmin 85
    8 Langley 83

    Test Piece – Le Carnival Romain

    1 Camborne Town 193
    2 Mount Charles 191
    3 St Austell Town 189
    4 St Dennis 186
    5 Helston 185
    6 Wantage 184
    7 Bodmin 183
    8 Langley 181

    Best Player – Robert Jose – Euphonium – Camborne

    2nd Section

    March – Restormel

    1 Heyl Town 89
    2 Bugle Silver 88
    3 St Stithians 87
    4 St Pinnock 86
    5 Kernow Concert Brass 85

    Test Piece – Henry the Fifth

    1 Heyl Town 187
    2 Bugle Silver 185
    3 Kernow Concert Brass 184
    4 St Pinnock 183
    5 St Stithians 182

    Best Player – Sharron Holywood – Cornet – Heyl Town

    3rd Section

    Test Piece – Divertimento

    1 Camborne B 183
    2 Hatherleigh 180

    Best Player – Samuel Eddy – Soprano Cornet – Camborne B

    4th Section

    Test Piece – Psalm for all Nations

    1 St Breward 183
    2 Kernow Concert Brass 181
    3 Hatherleigh 179
    4 Lostwithiel 177

    Best Player – Jeff Swan – Euphonium – St Breward

    Youth Section

    Test Piece – Music for a Festival

    1 St Dennis 186
    2 Mount Charles 183

    Best Player – Kim Bazeley – Euphonium St Dennis
    Best Cornet – Glen Philp – Mount Charles
    Winning Conductor – Brian Minear – St Dennis

    Special Awards

    Best Soprano Cornet – Les Kneebone – Camborne Town
    Best Cornet – Ian Thomas – Mount Charles
    Best Euphonium – Robert Jose – Camborne Town
    Best Horn – Mark Letcher – Camborne Town
    Best Basses – Mount Charles

    Deportment

    1 Hatherleigh Silver 34
    2 Bugle Silver 32

    AR Trudgian Youth Awards

    Josie Brewer – St Dennis
    Andrew Julian – St Dennis


    Full report to follow later this week.
     
  11. Di

    Di Active Member

    Thanks very much for the details Rob. :)

    The details have now been added into the tMP Predictions gizmo and we have our first leader under our new style scheme.

    So congratulations to

    Tuba Dave who scored a whopping 57 out of 65

    :clap::clap:

    Well done Dave, you can sit back and be thoroughly admired by all. :)


     
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  13. tam-tam2

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    He only had 5 more than me though!!:tup
     
  14. bravo

    bravo New Member

    BUGLE's main street became tin pan alley for the day when the clay village hosted the West of England Bandsmen Festival on Saturday. Crowds lined the streets to watch the traditional march of bands through the village for the 83rd annual contest.

    It certainly did not rain on the parade as the march was met with bright sunshine. There was a special cheer for St Austell Town Band who were wearing button hole flowers to mark the passing of popular conductor and cornet player Peter Minear, Peters cornet was proudly displayed by musical director David Loukes as he marched in front of the band through the village.

    The only outdoor brass band competition of its type still in existence was slightly marred by frequent downpours but the weather did not put off the crowds. Close to 2000 people packed into Molinnis Park to see the 19 bands perform set works in the various sections all doing their best to beat their competitors and take home some of the 33 trophies up for grabs.

    This year eight bands competed for the coveted Royal Trophy in the Championship Section. The section was won in fine style by the Camborne Town Band led by Frank Renton of BBC Radio 2 fame who’s reading of the set test “Le Carnival Romain” and March “Celebration” found favour with the audience and adjudicator Dennis Wilby alike. Mount Charles band were awarded a close second place with St Austell Town conducted by David Loukes taking third place.

    Adding to West Cornwall’s haul of trophy’s Heyl Town won the second section while Camborne B triumphed in the third section. St Breward Silver were awarded the fourth section winners prize and St Dennis Youth under the baton of Brian Minear were the winners of the closely contested youth section just ahead of Mount Charles Youth.

    Adjudicator Dennis Wilby from Yorkshire sat in the traditional tent to give his unbiased opinion of each and every performance throughout the day. In his address to the audience preceding the awards ceremony Mr Wilby commented on the fine standard of playing throughout the day making special mention to the young players in the youth section and the high standard of playing by the euphonium players in the championship section bands who all tackled the difficult euphonium solo in “Le Carnival Romain” with apparent ease.

    Leonard Adams, the festivals new Chairman thanked his predecessor Melville Hancock and the festivals treasurer John Tanner for their hard work, both were stepping down after many years at the helm. Mr Adams also paid tribute to Peter Minear who he described as “one of the countries finest bandsmen, both as a highly respected cornet player and conductor”.
    Leonard thanked all the bands for entering the contest with special mention of the Langley band who travelled from the Midlands for the first time and Wantage from Oxfordshire making a return visit after last year. Wantage were treated to a true Cornish welcome to the county when they ended their day by visiting the St Austell Band Club to be entertained by members of the St Austell Band.

    Rob Faro, from the West of England Bandsmen Festival, said: "A fantastic day was had by all; the inclement weather did not affect proceedings especially with an additional marquee provided to shelter the audience”

    "The streets were packed with people cheering the bands, especially as St Austell Band paraded past paying their moving tribute to Peter Minear." Said Festival promoter Andrew Teague.

    Organisers, villagers and bands are all looking forward to next years contest due to be held on Saturday 21st June 2008.

    Many thanks to Warren Wilkins of the St Austell Voice for this report.
     
  15. MartinT

    MartinT Member

    I think I speak for all the Wantage contingent when I say that we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to St Austell's bandroom, at Rob's kind invitation. Being a bit short of a bandhall ourselves, I must say we're all a bit jealous of yours... I distinctly heard someone (might have been Sueperc) wondering how we could dismantle the thing and take it home with us :eek:

    The Speckled Hen was alright too!
     
  16. annmck

    annmck Member

    Did you all enjoy your Indian meal as well?
     
  17. MartinT

    MartinT Member

    Certainly did. A bit of a drive back to St Kew Highway afterwards, but a very quiet road - fortunately!
     

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