Pontins 2007 and Butlins 2008

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  1. satchmo shaz

    satchmo shaz Active Member

    does anyone know the testpieces for the above contest please
     
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  3. postie

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    Here are the details for Pontins this year thanks to 4bars rest . I think the Butlins test pieces are being announced very soon:

    THE HARRY AND MARGARET MORTIMER CHAMPIONSHIP

    Sunday 4th November 2007
    Partita - Philip Sparke
    Available from Studio Music

    FIRST PRIZE: £2,500 + COMMEMORATIVE TROPHY
    SECOND PRIZE: £1,300 + COMMEMORATIVE TROPHY
    THIRD PRIZE: £700 + COMMEMORATIVE TROPHY
    FOURTH PRIZE: £450.
    SPECIAL AWARD: TO THE YOUNGEST PLAYER IN THE SECTION,
    BEST SOLOIST: THE ARTHUR BEDWELL MEMORIAL TROPHY

    Adjudicators: Geoffrey Whitham & Rob Wiffin


    FIRST SECTION

    Saturday 3rd November 2007
    Sinfonietta For Brass Band - James Curnow
    Available from Windwood Music

    FIRST PRIZE: £1,750 + COMMEMORATIVE TROPHY
    SECOND PRIZE: £900 + COMMEMORATIVE TROPHY
    THIRD PRIZE: £650 + COMMEMORATIVE TROPHY
    FOURTH PRIZE: £450.
    SPECIAL AWARD: TO THE YOUNGEST PLAYER IN THE SECTION.

    Adjudicators: - Stan Lippeatt & Kevin Wadsworth.


    SECOND SECTION

    Sunday 4th November 2007
    Chorale - Ray Steadman-Allen
    Available from Windwood Music.

    FIRST PRIZE: £1,750 + COMMEMORATIVE TROPHY
    SECOND PRIZE: £900 + COMMEMORATIVE TROPHY
    THIRD PRIZE: £650 + COMMEMORATIVE TROPHY
    FOURTH PRIZE: £450.
    SPECIAL AWARD: TO THE YOUNGEST PLAYER IN THE SECTION.

    Adjudicators - Stan Lippeatt & Kevin Wadsworth.


    THIRD SECTION
    Saturday 3rd November 2007
    Northern Landscapes - Peter Graham
    Available from Gramercy Music

    FIRST PRIZE: £1,750 + COMMEMORATIVE TROPHY
    SECOND PRIZE: £900 + COMMEMORATIVE TROPHY
    THIRD PRIZE: £650 + COMMEMORATIVE TROPHY
    FOURTH PRIZE: £450.
    SPECIAL AWARD: TO THE YOUNGEST PLAYER IN THE SECTION.

    Adjudicators: - Jim Davies & Lloyd Landry


    FOURTH SECTION

    Saturday 3rd November 2007
    A Cambrian Suite - Michael Ball
    Available from Studio Music

    FIRST PRIZE: £1,750 + COMMEMORATIVE TROPHY
    SECOND PRIZE: £900 + COMMEMORATIVE TROPHY
    THIRD PRIZE: £650 + COMMEMORATIVE TROPHY
    FOURTH PRIZE: £450.
    SPECIAL AWARD: TO THE YOUNGEST PLAYER IN THE SECTION
     
  4. satchmo shaz

    satchmo shaz Active Member

    thanks Richard;)
     
  5. CJBaggins

    CJBaggins Member

    Pontins

    Does anyone happen to know of a recording that is available to buy of the First Section Pontins piece?
     
  6. hellyfrost

    hellyfrost Member

    4BR have got it on the album "Americans We" by the Brass Band of Columbus but I can't put a link on for some reason :confused:

    Americans We

    Brass Band of Columbus
    Dr Paul Droste
    BRC: BRC-CD1009

    4BR Price: £12.95
    4BR short review:
    not yet available
    Tracks:
    American Overture for Band - Joeseph Wilcox Jenkins, Arr. Tim Sarsany
    Americans We - Henry Fillmore
    Prospect - The Southern Harmony (1835) setting by Pierre La Plante, Arr. Brian Stevens
    Accumulations - William Dougherty
    Hail to the Spirit of Liberty - John Philip Sousa
    Swing Low - Arr. Les Susi
    Sinfonietta for Brass Band, I. Maestoso, Allegro Vivace - James Curnow
    Amazing Grace - Arr. William Himes
    King Cotton - John Philip Sousa
    Pavanne - Morton Gould, Arr. Martinn Jenkins
    Robinsons Grand Entree March - Karl King
    Emancipation Blues - Arr. Susi, Soloist Les Susi, Cornet
    As Summer Was Just Beginning - Larry Daehn, Arr. Brian Stephens
    Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company - John Philip Sousa
    Armed Forces Salute - Stephen Bulla
    American Civil War Fantasy - Jerry Bilik, Arr. William Himes
    The Star Spangled Banner - John Stafford Smith, Arr. Les Susi
     
  7. CJBaggins

    CJBaggins Member

    Thanks for the information!

    Shame it looks at though its only the First movement, do i spend £13 for 1 movement of a test piece:confused:? hmmm decisions decisions lol

    Thank you once again though!:)
     
  8. hellyfrost

    hellyfrost Member

    that's sooooo typically me! lol didn't realise it was only the first movement til i'd posted it! Doh!
    If i see one - a full recording of it :oops: that is - i'll let you know!
     
  9. CJBaggins

    CJBaggins Member

    I'll keep a look out as well!

    Be a shame if there isn't one! maybe theres a chance for a band to make some money out of doing a recording of it then!;)
     
  10. imthemaddude

    imthemaddude Active Member

    Nice to see Lydian Pictures make a come back for the 4th section at Butlins 2008. Testpieces are in the Bandsman today with the adjudicators.
     
  11. Bryan_sop

    Bryan_sop Active Member

    Also on 4BR:

    Championship Section:

    “Life Divine” – Cyril Jenkins (available from R Smith & Co)
    Adjudicators: Major Peter Parkes and Alan Morrison

    Prizes:
    First Prize: £6000.00 + The Warwick Vase & the Champions Banner
    Second Prize: £2500.00
    Third Prize: £1250.00
    Fourth Prize: £750.00
    The Butlins Most Entertaining Performance Trophy + £1000.00 & banner
    The Geoff Dove Mineworkers Soloists Challenge Shield and £300.00.
    The William Lippeatt Memorial Trophy for the Highest Placed Mining Band

    First Section:

    “Plantagenets” – Edward Gregson (available from R Smith & Co)
    Adjudicators: Malcolm Brownbill and Paul Cosh

    Prizes:
    First Prize: £1500.00 + The Pleasley Colliery Challenge Trophy & Champions Banner
    Second Prize: £900.00
    Third Prize: £650.00
    Fourth Prize: £450.00
    The C.I.S.W.O. Challenge Trophy for the Highest Placed Mining Band


    Second Section:

    “Alberta Suite”- Derek Broadbent (available from Kirklees Music)
    Adjudicators: Geoffrey Whitham and Kevin Wadsworth

    Prizes
    First Prize: £1500.00 + The Joe Levick Association Challenge Cup & Champions Second Prize: £900.00
    Third Prize: £650.00
    Fourth Prize: £450.00
    The British Coal Corporation Challenge Trophy for the Highest Placed Mining Band


    Third Section:

    “Symphony for Brass” – Michael Hopkinson (available from Kirklees Music)
    Adjudicators: David Horsfield and Roger Webster

    Prizes:
    First Prize: £1500.00 + The Dosco Challenge Trophy & Champions Banner
    Second Prize: £900.00
    Third Prize: £650.00
    Fourth Prize: £450.00
    The N. U. M. Challenge Trophy for the Highest Placed Mining Band


    Fourth Section:

    “Lydian Pictures” – Simon Dobson (available from Kirklees Music)
    Adjudicators: David Read and David Lancaster

    Prizes:
    First Prize: £1500.00 + The George Rowell Memorial Trophy & Champions Banner
    Second Prize: £900.00
    Third Prize: £650.00
    Fourth Prize: £450.00
    The N.A.C.O.D.S. Challenge Trophy for the Highest Placed Mining Band
     
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  13. Naval Nick

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    I cant say I am a great admirer of the oldies. I much prefer modern test pieces, quite a different approach from the previous two years tests in the Champ Section, last played Life Divine back in the 80's. What does everyone else think?
     
  14. postie

    postie Member

    Definately very good area test piece in 2003 good to see it being played again at Butlins.
     
  15. tpcornet12

    tpcornet12 Member

    I think there's not much better than Life Divine! Rehearsed it last night and couldn't get the smile off my face - it's a cracking piece of music! IMHO
     
  16. HBB

    HBB Active Member

    In my opinion not the best piece chosen for the championship section. How can you go from St. Magnus to Life Divine in two years?! I know they're trying to get audiences back, but from a player's point of view the horn parts in life divine could be played by school kids! OK, it's a nice piece to listen to, but not hard enough to distinguish between bands imo.

    B
     
  17. tpcornet12

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    I know what you mean about distinguishing between bands (easy to play therefore harder to win) but I wouldn't suggest picking a piece purely on how technically difficult it is. If a piece is considered easy to play then it is for the bands to get that bit more out of it. I really can't accept the description that "Life Divine" is just a "nice piece to listen to"!!! but again its only my humble opinion - and I've never played horn!
     
  18. HBB

    HBB Active Member

    Granted, it does have one of the most fiendish baritone and flugel parts, but there are plenty of new and tuneful compositions out there, why do we always have to look back?
     
  19. Naval Nick

    Naval Nick Member

    I totally agree, Life Divine has been a Great band Test piece in the last Century, but with new compositions and relatively new Test Piece in the Brass Band Library why it. I mean pieces like Odin, Seascapes, Diversions for Band, Extreme Makeover, Eden, Between the Moon and Mexico, Albion,
    Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, The Maunsell Forts or evan Daphnis and Chloe.
    These are Classic Test pieces of our time, we need to encourage people to the bandroom aswell as the Auditorium!!
     
  20. Bayerd

    Bayerd Active Member

    Aye right, they said that about Judges last year, and it was very easy to spot the decent from the poor and they all reckoned they could play it
     
  21. imthemaddude

    imthemaddude Active Member

    I played Life divine on bumper up at summer school a few years ago. It's fantastic and I remember having a smile on my face for weeks over the fact I hit the top C at the beginning and throughout. :) Wish I was playing that again. And also played principal cornet of five rivers when Lydian Pictures was the area piece - lovely solos in the 2nd movement. Plantagenants is good too - our band just played that in the 3rd section - whats the 2nd sections piece like?
     
  22. stevetrom

    stevetrom Well-Known Member

    I don't know the piece at all but does the above comment imply you are an excellent 3rd section band or the piece may not be over challenging for the 1st section ?
     
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