Official tMP North of England Regional 2008 thread

Discussion in 'The Adjudicators' Comments' started by Di, Feb 17, 2008.

  1. Di

    Di Active Member

    Click on "tMP Predictions" at the top of the page
    to be taken to Prediction Central

    North of England Regional Championships
    Championship Section
    Test Piece : Festival Music, Eric Ball
    Sunday 30th March
    Venue : Dolphin Centre, Darlington
    Adjudicators : David Horsfield

    Participating Bands:

    E.Y.M.S. ( Bob Childs)
    The Felling Band (Graeme Tindall)
    Fishburn Band (Russell Gray)
    Harrogate Band (David Lancaster)
    Reg Vardy Band (Dr. Nick Childs)
    RMT Easington Colliery (Norman Law)
    Tavistock Chester-le-Street Riverside (Ian Robinson)
    Westoe Band (Derek Broadbent)
    North of England Regional Championships
    First Section
    Test Piece : James Cook – Circumnavigator, Gilbert Vinter
    Sunday 30th March
    Venue : Dolphin Centre, Darlington
    Adjudicators : Colin Hardy

    Participating Bands:

    Broughtons (David Hirst)
    GT Group Peterlee (Stephen Malcolm)
    Kirkbymoorside Town (John Woodward)
    Lockwood Brass (John Roberts)
    Northumbrian Water Ellington Colliery (Alan Fernie)
    Shepherd Group Brass (Tim Oldroyd)
    Wansbecks’ Ashington Colliery (Nigel Stedman)
    North of England Regional Championships
    Second Section
    Test Piece : Three Part Invention, Kenneth Downie
    Sunday 30th March
    Venue : Dolphin Centre, Darlington
    Adjudicators : Peter Roberts

    Participating Bands:

    Barrow Shipyard (tba)
    Barton Town (Richard Evans)
    Cockerton Prize Silver Band (George Nicklin)
    Dearham (Garry Williams)
    Durham Constabulary (Keith McDonald)
    Ferryhill Town (Susan Norris)
    Hetton Silver (Alan Seymour)
    Houghton Brass (tba)
    Murton Colliery (Dennis Noble)
    York Railway Institute (Derek Warley)
    North of England Regional Championships
    Third Section
    Test Piece : The Dark Side of the Moon, Paul Lovatt-Cooper
    Saturday 29th March
    Venue : Dolphin Centre, Darlington
    Adjudicators : Peter Roberts

    Participating Bands:

    Barnard Castle (Damian Dunphy)
    Barrow Concert ( Malcolm Scales)
    Billingham Silver (Vaughan Evans)
    Dunston Silver ( Sue Murrill)
    East Riding of Yorkshire (Peter Andrews)
    Flookburgh (John Iveson)
    Ripon City (Malcolm Dibb)
    Stape Silver (Michael Breckon)
    North of England Regional Championships
    Fourth Section
    Test Piece : Four Cities Symphony, Rodney Newton
    Saturday 29th March
    Venue : Dolphin Centre, Darlington
    Adjudicators : Colin Hardy

    Participating Bands:

    Aycliffe & Brancepeth (Mike Priestley)
    Backworth Colliery (Colin Harris)
    Bearpark & Esh (Vince Eckerman)
    Chester-le-Street Riverside Concert Brass (Martin Humphrey)
    Craghead Colliery (John Robson)
    Kingsway Printers Cleethorpes (Steven Askew)
    Kirkby Lonsdale Brass (Allan Greenwood)
    Lanchester (Jonathan Fenwick)
    Marske Brass (Alun N. Prest)
    Shepherd Group Concert Brass (M. Pratt)
    South Milford Brass (Richard Wilton)
    Stanhope Silver (Steve Robson)
    Swinton & District Excelsior (Nigel Sutherland)
    Trimdon Concert Brass (Brian Wright)

    Information courtesy :
    and tMP Members. ;)
  2. michellegarbutt

    michellegarbutt Supporting Member

    Sorry Di but you have a couple of wrong dates on there. Section 2 is on Sunday at 10am. I believe section 4 is on the Saturday but I'm not so sure on that one
  3. Di

    Di Active Member

    Ah thanks Michelle, I didn't spot that those had been switched since the original announcement. :redface: I'll get the above edited and make sure the prediction dates are changed (will have to wait for hubby to wake up for that though :rolleyes: ) too otherwise we'll have a lot of correct entries for the second section. ;)
  4. Ruthless

    Ruthless Member

    Just a reminder to all Championship, First and Second section bands that the clocks go forward on Saturday night. Don't want any mishaps with people turning up late for coaches on such an important day :oops:
  5. Andy_Euph

    Andy_Euph Active Member

    I'm absolutely gutted that i'm going to miss this competition for the first time since I started playing...tameside contest is on the same day :(.

    Really good new area website, and really good to see information being released this far in advance!!

    Best of luck to everyone, especially Ellington.
  6. bigcol

    bigcol Member

    The Yorkshire Area programme has the next 3 dates for their regionals in - wouldn't it be nice to see the same in our area instead of the usual Dolphin Centre bingo of recent years?
  7. Lauradoll

    Lauradoll Active Member

    A move away from the Dolphin Centre would be even better! I can't believe our area is still so far off. Meh!!
  8. Matt Lawson

    Matt Lawson Member

    Good luck to Swinton and District in the 4th section.

    They've had some tough times with player shortages, lack of a permanent MD - so it'll be interesting to see the results this year.

    Ah memories of the Dolphin Centre - an appalling venue for such an important contest.
  9. bigcol

    bigcol Member

    Here here, although rather than complain I wonder if we could think of somewhere else that could be put to Alan Hope's committee as a constructive idea?

    The only places that comes to mind is the smaller hall at the Sage, or City Hall in Newcastle.
  10. Matt Lawson

    Matt Lawson Member

    With the paltry audiences at the DC in recent years, it'd lose them too much money to hold it at the Sage.

    How about the Barbican Centre in York?
  11. Lauradoll

    Lauradoll Active Member

    Gala Theatre in Durham?
  12. bigcol

    bigcol Member

    Or Harrogate ;)
  13. Matt Lawson

    Matt Lawson Member

    Wherever it is, it's always going to be a trek for Cumbrian bands.

    Perhaps we should build a New Town half way across the A66 and build a concert hall there ;)

    On a serious note - somewhere on the A1 corridor is sensible so York/Darlington/Durham/Newcastle.

    I honestly think York Barbican Centre is worth looking at.
  14. Ste69

    Ste69 Member

    This is more like it - finally some ideas for a new venue - Correct about the Sage though - I'd love to play there but it would be way too expensive. I like the York idea also - Harrogate also more centrally accessible for the Cumbrian bands. There's not a lot else in between before you're dipping into the Yorkshire area at Wetherby!!!

    You could all come to Hull - that's not at all out of the way ;)
  15. geordiecolin

    geordiecolin Active Member

    Gala Theatre, Durham maybe?

    May be some support funding from the County Council as well? I know they have a pot for individual bands within the County, so bands are reasonably high on their agenda.
  16. a very flat b

    a very flat b Member


    Last bit a fantastic idea. You can rely on our full support.:clap:
  17. Mrs Fruity

    Mrs Fruity Member

    Most venues in the North East were tried in the olden days and presented problems with 50+ bands' equipment, changing facilities etc. The best venue (IMHO) was the Bede School in Sunderland. Two separate (identical) school halls, with decent acoustics and loads of changing/storage space. It was a shame when that one went for a Burton.
    Only the Sage is really big enough, and that's WAY out of our financial league.:frown:

    So we'll just have to put up with aerobics classes and roller disco which share our contest hall again.
  18. marye

    marye New Member

    dolphin centre

    :confused: To where?
  19. ekimmort

    ekimmort Member

    Very interesting comments. When the change of date was forced upon us I suggested to Mr Hope that we should stick with the original date and change the venue preferebly one with decent accustics, instead of the Dolphin Centre sports hall.
    I was informed that NO ONE HAD EVER COMPLAINED about the Dolphin Centre.
  20. geordiecolin

    geordiecolin Active Member

    No complaint should be necessary, given that anybody with an amount of musical knowledge can tell that the Dolphin Centre is a poor acoustic for brass, especially for a contest.

    My main gripe is that I've been contesting there since I was 9 and I've still not seen a single dolphin!