Regional Test Pieces

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by WhatSharp?, Jul 31, 2003.

  1. WhatSharp?

    WhatSharp? Active Member

    After a discussion with a friend of mine about what pieces we played and when I realised I had a completely "fuzzy" memory about what I had played in the last 18 years of contesting so I thought I'd try and piece together as many as I could.

    Well I got back to 1998 and ran out of memory and web resources. Can anyone help me "fill in the blanks" so to speak.

    So far I have : (in section order 4th, 3rd, 2nd, 1st, Champ)

    2003 Lydian Pictures
    Northern Landscapes
    Celestial Prospect
    Passacaglia On of Theme of Brahms

    2002 Suite in B flat for Brass Band
    St Austell Suite
    Symphony for Brass band
    Royal Parks
    Whitsun Wakes

    2001 Sinfonietta Pastorale
    The Moor of Venice
    The Undaunted

    2000 Haslemere Suite
    Narnia Suite
    The Sword, Jewel and Mirror
    Music for the Common Man
    Variations on an Enigma

    1999 Indian Summer
    Main Street
    Symphonic Suite For Brass Band

    1998 Solemn Melody / Scenes from a comedy
    Three Saints
    Culloden Moor
    Purcell Variations

    1997 ?

    Any more anyone? (and was I right with Hollywood?)
  2. dyl

    dyl Active Member

    At last - an use for my historical competition results page on our web-site!! ;)

    1997 - 3rd Section - Tintagel
    1996 - 3rd Section - Divertimento
    1995 - 3rd Section - Snowdon Fantasy
    1994 - 3rd Section - Choral & Toccata
    1993 - ???
    1992 - 3rd Section - Suite for Brass
    1991 - 3rd Section - Triptych
    1990 - 4th Section - Summer Fantasy
    1989 - 4th Section - Music for Brass
    1988 - 4th Section - Stantonbury Festival
    1987 - 4th Section - Voices of Youth

  3. WhatSharp?

    WhatSharp? Active Member

    Cheers Dyl, I'll add em to the list.

    I know Metropolis and Oceans are in there somewhere, I think they were Second or Third Section (possibly Metropolis in 1993? ). Also Rhapsody for brass I think was there somewhere along with Little Suite for Brass.

    Keep em coming folks, we'll get there! (and I'll stick it on a web page and bung a link in here somewhere to it).
  4. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    Championship Section:

    1997 Lowry Sketchbook, Philip Wilby
    1996 Sounds, John Golland
    1995 Un vie de matelot, Robert Farnon
    1994 Partita, Philip Sparke
    1993 Of men & mountains, Edward Gregson
    1992 Frontier, Michael Ball
    1991 Journey into freedom, Eric Ball
    1990 The beacons, Ray Steadman Allen
    1989 Prisms, Peter Graham

    (Incidentally, it seems a shame that Of Men and Mountains has still not been used at a major finals in the UK. I know there were concerns over its length at the time, but I'm sure we have had other pieces since that are as long, and where setting the stage has added to the time needed per band.)
  5. Straightmute

    Straightmute Active Member

    From memory:

    1991 Four Fors for Brass - 4th Section
    1992 Suite for Brass (Jan Seegers) - 3rd Section
    1993 Ship Builders - 3rd Section
    1994 Salford Sinfonietta - 2nd Section
    1995 Snowdon Fantasy - 3rd Section
    Land of the Long White Cloud - 1st section
    1996 Divertimento (Bryan Kelly) 3rd Section
    Spectrum - 1st section
    1997 Tintagel - 2nd Section
    Ballet for Band - 1st section

  6. iancwilx

    iancwilx Well-Known Member

    Some more bits from the records I keep Ignore the names, the are the guys who conducted us.

    1989 Championship A.Whittaker Prisms
    1990 Championship K.Anderson Beacons
    1991 First Section K.Anderson Masque
    1992 First Section G.Walker ?
    1993 First Section
    1994 First Section
    1995 First Section K.Wardle Long White Cloud
    1996 First Section K.Wardle Spectrum
    1997 Championship K.Wardle Lowery Sketchbook
    1998 Championship I.Colley Montage
  7. WhatSharp?

    WhatSharp? Active Member

    BALLET FOR BAND!!! AH Yes my first piece in the first section.

    Hmm Where does Hollywood go then?

    Cheers all
  8. WhatSharp?

    WhatSharp? Active Member

    Ah got it ...

    Hollywood 1996 2nd section

    The 97 Second Section piece was New Buckingham Suite (Egg and a Bucket "cluck, cluck!") I remember at the time being SO glad we'd been promoted!
  9. SammyT

    SammyT Member

    Very fuzzy young memory I was 12 when I first contested I think!!!
    2nd section around 1995/1996 Oceans or Celtic suite - they were successive years I think.
    Also dimensions would be 2nd/3rd section similar time but that is the best I can do!
    I remember my brother playing shipbuilders then the following year I contested for the 1st time on oceans I think!!!
    But salford sinfonietta sounds familiar
    Sorry I have not been more help!!!!!! :oops: :!:
  10. WhatSharp?

    WhatSharp? Active Member

    OK, Heres what I'm currently missing :

    4th Section (eveyrthing up to) 1986
    3rd Section (everything up to) 1990
    2nd Section (everything up to) 1992 and 1995
    1st Section '92 and '93 (IIRC The first section was formed in 1990?)
    Champ (evething up to) 1988

    So I've pretty much Nailed 1996 - Today

    As soon as I get a chance I'll stick it on some web space.

    Of course a true BOC would put the winners and runners up for each area..... I'm not that sad! :D (or am I :? )
  11. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    Let's see...

    1992 4th section - Seafarers - Bruce Fraser
    1993 2nd section - Oceans - Goff Richards
    1994 2nd section - A Salford Sinfonietta - Darrol Barry
    1995 2nd section - Rococo Variations - Tchaikovsky, arr. Allan Street.
    1996 1st section - Spectrum - Gilbert Vinter
    1997 1st section - Ballet for Band - Joseph Horovitz
    1998 on you've got all of.

    Spectrum was also the 2nd section area piece in 1969, if I remember my history correctly. Or was it the finals?

  12. Ankanala

    Ankanala Member

    Championship Area pieces (from memory)

    1988 Ballet for Band
    1987 Diversions on a Bass Theme
    1986 Variations on a Theme of Haydn (St.Anthony Chorale)
    1985 Contest Music
    1984 Waverley
    1983 Images
    1982 Essay
    1981 Variations on Shining River
    1980 Beatrice & Benedict
    1979 Variations for Brass Band
    1978 Belmont Variations
    1977 Pageantry
    1976 Spectrum
    1975 Journey Into Freedom
    1974 Variations on a 9th

    I don`t go back any further I`m afraid

  13. markyboy

    markyboy Member

    The First section pieces that someone was after from 1992 and 1993 were Celebration by Eric Ball and Forest of Dean (cant remember composer) respectfuly.
    My first area was in 1975 playing Partita by Edward Gregson in the 3rd section.
    Haven't heard it in years,it has a fantastic cornet solo in the middle movement. Maybe some lower section conductors may fancy have a look at it for next years contest season?

    Anyone else remember this piece?

    As regards all other area pieces I've done since '75, dont think I could rememmber them all.
  14. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    Forest of Dean is by Derek Bourgeois.

    Bantock's The Frogs of Aristophanes was used, I think for the first section, in 1971, 2 or 3, as I remember slipping in to hear some performances when we were playing in the 2nd section.

    2nd section pieces at that time may have included Carnival Romain, The White Company and Four Corners of the World - I know we played them in contests, but I'm not sure if it was at the areas!
  15. WhatSharp?

    WhatSharp? Active Member

    Thanks to everyone, still not complete but getting there!

    So far we have :

    All Championship from 74 up to today
    All 1st from 1991 (except 1994)
    All 2nd from 1993
    All 3rd from 1992
    All 4th from 1987

    Still can't figure out where Metropolis goes! I know I played it but whether it was 3rd or 2nd section I can't remember. I Suspect it was 3rd in 1990.
  16. michellegarbutt

    michellegarbutt Supporting Member

    1986 4th section 4 impressions for brass, also my first contest
  17. markyboy

    markyboy Member

    Hi Steve, the first section came into being in 1992 so if the only one you are looking for is the 1994 piece, off the top of my head it was called 'Moariana' or something like that.Didn't play it myself but I'm sure somebody will let us know the correct spelling and composer.
  18. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    'Maoriana' by Arthur Butterworth. Also known as 'Marijuana'.

  19. markyboy

    markyboy Member

    Thats the one Dave!

    Pretty hard piece too if I remember?
  20. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    'Fraid I only know it by reputation - our conductor in the 2nd section was also taking a 1st section band at that time. He kept telling us how lucky we were not to have been promoted the year before!


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