Lytham Brass Festival / Slow Melody and Quartet Competition.

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  1. AndyCat

    AndyCat Active Member

    Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire, is hosting its first Brass Festival on Saturday 21st March, 2009.

    Organised by popular local Musician and Piano Teacher, Sylvia Howard, the day will take the form of a Slow Melody and Quartet Competition, with an evening concert by the popular Freckleton Band. The competition is split in to several sections; a Slow Melody contest with 3 sections for Under 12’s, 12 to 16’s and an Open category, and then an under 16’s Quartet and an Open Quartet contest.

    The Adjudicator is the respected conductor Malcolm Brownbill, and the festival has more realistic entrance criteria than some! Players do not need to be registered with any band, and trumpets, as well as cornets, are allowed! The Quartets can be made up of any 4 brass instruments, and the players do not have to be from the same band or ensemble. Any and all brass instrumentalists of all ages are encouraged to take part.

    The winner of the Open Solo competition will be offered the chance to perform with the Freckleton Band at a later date as guest soloist if they wish.

    The whole day and the evening concert will take place at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Church Road, Lytham, FY8 5PX

    Full Details and application forms can be found at .

    Andy Cattanach, Chairman, Freckleton Band

    on behalf of Sylvia Howard, 01253 734584, .

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  2. critic

    critic Member

    ECXELLENT news lots of players have lost the art of slow melody playing as well as quartet playing best of luck
  3. AndyCat

    AndyCat Active Member

    To clear up a question from an entrant, the Open section is Open age, but still Slow Melody, NOT Air Varie!
  4. jockinafrock

    jockinafrock Active Member

    Had a good old chat with Sylvia 'bout the Festival yesterday and have entered boy wonder. What a lovely lady! Great to find people with the drive to try and get something like this off the ground - looking forward to seeing if any of the 'big' bands will put in quartets like they used to years back. Might even encourage a few more competitors in the Open this year. Best of luck! :clap: :clap: :clap:
  5. AndyCat

    AndyCat Active Member

    And the closing sate for entries has been extended to the 6th March.
  6. AndyCat

    AndyCat Active Member

    The latest update on the Brass Festival:-

    "On Saturday 21st March this year St. Cuthbert’s church is hosting Lytham Brass Festival. This is a new venture and one that we feel has been lacking in this area of Lancashire. It will include a Slow Melody Competition for three age groups, Primary (under 12), Junior (12 to 16) and Open (any age). There will also be a brass quartet competition for Junior (16 and under) and Open (any age). We are delighted that well known adjudicator Malcolm Brownbill has agreed to adjudicate for us and there will be cash 1st prizes including £100 for the winners of both the Open Slow Melody Competition and Open Quartet Competition along with an opportunity to appear in a future concert with award winning Freckleton Brass Band.

    The competition is to be held in St. Cuthbert’s Church, Lytham and the adjacent Victory Hall will provide an assembly and warm up area. Refreshments will be on sale here throughout the day and a Michelin star chef has agreed to help us for the day. The Festival will end with an evening concert given by Freckleton Brass Band.

    We have already received quartet entries from as far afield as Darwen, Crewe and Rochdale. Entries close on March 5th and if you want to have an enjoyable day listening to some of the best brass in the country then come along and listen. Times of the competition will be decided shortly after the entry closing date so look out in the local press for details. Alternatively you can find out more information by contacting Sylvia Howard on 01772 734584."


    1st Prizes

    Open slow melody prizewinner £100

    Junior slow melody prizewinner £40 Kensington Development Prize

    Primary slow melody prizewinner £10 St Cuthbert’s prize

    Open Quartet £100 Parishioners’ prize

    Junior Quartet £40 Peter Corkhill

    2nd Prizes

    Open slow melody £20 + £30 token

    Junior slow melody £10 token

    Primary slow melody £5 token

    Open quartet £40

    Junior quartet £20 Howard prize

    There are 8 Open Quartets so far! Plenty of room for Solo Entries though, and with a 1st prize of £100 it's worth a try!
  7. cornydevil

    cornydevil Member

    Is there any accompaniment available for the solo contest?
  8. AndyCat

    AndyCat Active Member

    No the slow melody is unaccompanied for all sections.
  9. Masterblaster jnr

    Masterblaster jnr Active Member

    is there any news on what time it will start, because with us travelling from huddersfield we need to know whether to book a hotel
  10. jockinafrock

    jockinafrock Active Member

    Get out of bed early young man...! :rolleyes: Some of us are travelling quite a distance, too! ;)
    Have you tried contacting Sylvia, the lady who is dealing with the entries?
  11. Masterblaster jnr

    Masterblaster jnr Active Member

    actually no :hammer

    But by the looks of things the hotel we usually stop in at blackppol doesnt seem to do one night stays at the weekend :eek:. So we might be staying anyway.
  12. jockinafrock

    jockinafrock Active Member

    Who's goin' then...? An' what are you playing - or is it a secret...! ;)
  13. Masterblaster jnr

    Masterblaster jnr Active Member

    i presume we'll all be playing brass instruments :p....and possibly slow melodies :D
  14. blasterbates

    blasterbates Member

    Mr Norman Chen say they don't do 'belly-buster menu' any more.
    Could ruin the weekend.
    (More seaweed)
  15. Masterblaster jnr

    Masterblaster jnr Active Member


    Me now fall out with Mr Norman Chen!!!!!!!!!
  16. Masterblaster jnr

    Masterblaster jnr Active Member

    Fantastic day today-everything from facilities and venue to the people who organised it and the competitiors themselves. Really enjoyed myself, congratulations to all involved and i'm looking forward to next year already!!!!
  17. jockinafrock

    jockinafrock Active Member

    Hear! Hear! And congratulations on a fine win young man; it was well deserved! Does this mean I've got to agree with you now...? ;)

    Anyway...! What a great day - I've never been at such a 'posh' comp! Michelin starred chef food, excellent organisation, very friendly welcome and a beautiful church to compete in. Even the warm up facilities were great! :clap:

    Eight q'tets took part and battled with their own demons to give what was an afternoon of friendly rivalry and example of fine musicianship. PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! support this event next year!!! We all did something that we had never really experienced before, and it gave players who are not normally in the limelight (the back row cornets/2nd horn et al) the chance to show what cornerstones in banding they really are.

    We will certainly be taking part in this, and other q'tet comps, and maybe this is a new avenue for those that are a bit jaded with contesting in general?

    Malcolm Brownbill was the epitome of an encouraging and constructive adjudicator - he recognised that many of us were blighted by nerves and acknowledged this in his comments, but he didn't highlight the obvious (we all know where we went at times quite badly wrong) but he gave us comments to work and improve our playing on - Bravo!

    To Crewe's q'tets in particular,who have worked their little socks of the past 3 weeks, I give my utmost thanks - we're a great bunch at Crewe! And well done to the other competitors! There was some marvellous playing! :clap:

    PS Our cornet q'tet came second with a fantstic new arrangement by Simon Kerwin - Thanks mate!
  18. westburykid

    westburykid Member

    Yes I agree Fiona, great day all round.

    Its true we have lost the art of Quartet playing and it turned out to be more difficult that we all thought.
    Think we have all learnt a few things.

    Also can I also say thanks to Malcolm Brownbill for his contructive comments.
    Perhaps if we had more adjudicators like this at our major competitions and less like David Read (the wannaby Simon Cowell), perhaps the movement may move forward.

    We dont mind being told when we have made mistakes and welcome contructive criticism, but after the area a few of us felt like murderers for even daring to play Salute to Youth.

    Yesterday and Malcolm may have revived my dying love of the Movement......

    Flame at will, but you will be no better that Ready!
  19. westburykid

    westburykid Member

    Nearly forgot.

    Public thanks to Fiona (Jockinafrock) for organising the pieces and wagging for us. We all appreciate the hours and stress, and hard work on stage keeping us together......
  20. AndyCat

    AndyCat Active Member

    Press Release 24/3/09 – A Successful first Lytham Brass Festival.

    The first annual Lytham Brass Festival took place on Saturday 21st March at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Lytham.

    Organised by Sylvia Howard, and adjudicated by Malcolm Brownbill, there was a healthy entry of solo and quartets with the following results

    Primary Slow melody

    1st - Gemma Riley, Pemberton Youth Band.
    2nd - Asim Iqbal from St. Annes.

    Junior Slow melody

    1st - Jonathan Bates, Thurlston Band.
    2nd - Leslie Harrison, Blackpool Training Band.

    Open Slow Melody.

    1st - Richard Cookson, Bass, Preston,
    2nd - Tom Johnson, Soprano, Blackburn and Darwen Band.

    Open Quartet

    1st - Freckleton Tuba Quartet
    2nd - United Co-op Crewe Cornet Quartet.

    Malcolm’s comments were, as ever, helpful and constructive whilst completely honest, and he was keen to point out that the Slow Melody and Quartet styles were hard to master as some competitors had shown, while nerves played a part in a number of performances.

    There were entries from all over the North West , with United Co-op Crewe providing 4 of the 8 quartet entries, and Blackburn and Darwen, the Longridge Trombones, Longridge Basses and Freckleton Tuba Quartet making up the entries. Hopefully next year’s event will attract even more entries and may include an Air-Varie solo section as well.

    The event ran smoothly, and to time, with a lovely venue both acoustically and aesthetically, good warm up facilities, healthy prize money and food provided by a Michelin Starred chef to boot.

    The day concluded with a gala concert by the Freckleton Band, with guest soloist internationally renowned Soprano Nicola Howard, also featuring the bands soloists Alex Thomas (cornet), Caroline Cross (horn), Patrick Howard (euphonium) and Peter Lockett(Eb Bass).

    No date for next year’s festival is set yet, but it will probably be in April, after Easter, but before the Spring Festival. A Press Release will be made when the date is known.

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