DCBBA ("Durham League") Contest

Discussion in 'The Adjudicators' Comments' started by bigcol, May 6, 2010.

  1. bigcol

    bigcol Member

    Just been passed a piece of information which affects all the members and bands of the DCBBA (Durham Brass Band Association).

    The DCBBA Grading contest due to unforseen circumstances will now be held on 5th December 2010.


  2. bigcol

    bigcol Member

  3. michellegarbutt

    michellegarbutt Supporting Member

    First I've heard of it. Nice of them to let the member bands know. Our band has already got a job booked on that date
  4. geordiecolin

    geordiecolin Active Member

    Will the test piece be "A Christmas Festival"?
  5. StellaJohnson

    StellaJohnson Active Member

    That sounds a great idea, lets reschedule a contest when bands are busy with christmas concerts and caroling!
  6. bigcol

    bigcol Member

    The choices for test pieces have been posted on the website at http://www.dcbba.org.uk/?page=7

    Bands need to reply and vote by the Association meeting in July.
  7. Bass Man

    Bass Man Active Member

    Some very difficult choices for Section A this year
  8. T Winch

    T Winch Member

    Section B piece Purcell Variations by Peter Meechan. Should that be Purcell Variants? Or should it be Purcell Variations by Kenneth Downie? Kantara Music is Kenneth Downie's publishing company in which case I think the latter may be true.
    Last edited: May 19, 2010
  9. Bass Man

    Bass Man Active Member

    Peter Meechan wrote Purcell Variants mate. Purcell Variations was written by Kenneth Downie, it's a fantastic piece
  10. T Winch

    T Winch Member

    Yeah I know. It says on the website Purcell Variations by Peter Meechan
  11. bigcol

    bigcol Member

    I'll find out and get back to you.
  12. Bass Man

    Bass Man Active Member

    Well spotted. I don't know Purcell Variants at all.
  13. T Winch

    T Winch Member

    It was 1st section testpiece at Butlins in 2006. All I can remember is it was very strange (and not in a good way)
  14. bigcol

    bigcol Member

    Can confirm it is Downie's piece (which yes is fantastic). Updated the DCBBA site.
  15. bigcol

    bigcol Member

    The following test pieces have been selected, after voting earlier this month, for the 2010 Grading Contest:

    Section A: Les Franc Juges - Berlioz arr F. Wright (Studio Music)

    Section B: Purcell Variations - K.Downie (Kantara)

    Section C: Diamond Heritage - D. Barry (Kirklees Music)

    Section D: Call of the Sea - Eric Ball (Studio Music)
  16. geordiecolin

    geordiecolin Active Member

    Looking foward to Judges. Might go and listen to one or two Purcell Variations as well.
  17. Has to be said I'm pretty disappointed with the result for section D; there were a couple of cracking pieces of music on the list that I'd have loved to have a go at. After an excellent piece last year this seems a bit of a backward step somehow.

    Selections for the other sections are all fantastic pieces, though, so it should make for an entertaining contest if there's a good turnout (I'd have liked to see how bands got on with Isiah 40, mind!).

    On the whole whoever comes up with the lists has done a very good job (but please no Eric Ball in the lower sections next year!).
  18. Bass Man

    Bass Man Active Member

    Absolutely quality piece!
  19. bigcol

    bigcol Member

    Lists are set by the previous years' adjudicator(s).
  20. Thanks for the info. Good job Chris Wormald then (if I've remembered correctly)!

    Would be nice for the lower section to have a bit more faith in its collective ability, though.

    Call of the Sea seems like the easy option, both technically and musically, especially after the good efforts put forward on a tricky Lydian Pictures last year.

    If we're to improve our performances on the bigger stages (i.e. the Dolphin centre and beyond) we need to challenge ourselves more throughout the year. The relaxed environment of the league contest is a perfect chance to have a go at some of the more challenging repertoire, which could come in handy next March if recent years' Area selections are anything to go by.

    But maybe that's a thought for another place/time.

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