Spring Festival...

Discussion in 'The Adjudicators' Comments' started by scotchgirl, Apr 19, 2006.

  1. scotchgirl

    scotchgirl Active Member

    Who's looking forward to this year's contests? How are you finding the test pieces? We are entering the Grand Shield, and I can say that I am finding my part difficult in Whitsun Wakes, but I am sure that I'll get there eventually! lol!

    We are lucky in that our hotel is right across the road from the venue, so we won't have to scuttle around too much in the rain (which there will be inevitably!)...

    Good luck to everyone there....

  2. JohnnyEuph

    JohnnyEuph Member

    .... too early to get excited about it yet... ask me in a fortnight when we've hammered essence for a bit!
  3. HBB

    HBB Active Member

    Essence of Time is amazing! It's going to be my first Spring Festival - can't wait! :)
  4. postie

    postie Member

    Line up looks pretty reasonable here it is courtesy of 4bars rest:The 86th Spring Brass Band Festival
    The Winter Gardens Blackpool Saturday 13th May

    Michael Ball, Malcolm Brownbill, James Gourlay, Steven Mead, Frank Renton, Geoffrey Whitham

    The Grand Shield:
    Qualifying Contest For The 2006 British Open

    Test Piece: Whitsun Wakes, Michael Ball
    Opera House at 10.30am

    Aveley & Newham (Nigel Taken)
    B.T. (Michael Fowles)
    Beaumaris (Gwyn Evans)
    Besses o' th' Barn (Jim Cant)
    Burry Port Town (Michael Thorne)
    Carlton Main Frickley Colliery (Allan Ramsey)
    Cwmaman Institute Silver (Tower Colliery) (Jonathan Corry)
    Fishburn (David Roberts)
    Freckleton (Paul Dalton)
    Gus Band (David Stowell)
    Leyland (Russell Gray)
    Mount Charles (Nigel Weeks)
    Pennine Brass (Ian Porthouse)
    Polysteel (Philip Harper)
    Ransome (Major Peter Parkes)
    Redbridge (Melvin White)
    Staffordshire (Steve Bastable)
    Tredegar (Gary Cutt)
    Wooley Pritchard Sovereign Brass (Stephen Roberts)

    The Senior Cup:
    Qualifying Contest for the 2007 Grand Shield

    Test Piece: Harmony Music, Philip Sparke
    The Pavilion Theatre at 10.00am

    Aldbourne (Steve Sykes)
    Alliance Brass (John Clark)
    BTM (Jeremy Wise)
    Bo'ness & Carriden (Stan Lippeat)
    Bournemouth Concert Brass (Lt Col Chris Davis)
    Dalmellington (Archie Hutchison)
    Dobcross Silver (Dennis Hadfield)
    Drighlington (Shane Foster)
    East Yorkshire Motor Services (Jim Davies)
    Glossop Old (John Davies)
    Innovate Skelmanthorpe (John Roberts)
    Jaguar (Coventry) (Dave Lea)
    Kibworth (John Berryman)
    Knottingley Silver (Kevin Belcher)
    Lindley (Neil Jowett)
    Newstead Welfare (Duncan Beckley)
    Pemberton Old Wigan JJB (Mark Peacock)
    Tongwynlais Temperance Silver (Gareth Pritchard)
    Unison Kinneil (Andrew Duncan)
    Wingates (Dr. Roy Newsome)

    The Senior Trophy:
    Qualifying Contest for the 2007 Senior Cup

    Test Piece: Essence Of Time, Peter Graham
    Spanish Hall At 11.00 Am

    BHK (UK) Horden (David Hirst)
    Blackburn And Darwen (Nick Sheppard)
    Camborne (Richard Evans)
    Harrogate (David Lancaster)
    Hatfield (Graham O'connor)
    Haydock (Edward Kennedy)
    Kingdom Brass (Craig Anderson)
    Laganvale (Ernest Ruddock)
    Marsden Riverhead Brewery (Glyn Williams)
    Mossley (Simon Stonehouse)
    Parc & Dare (Craig Roberts)
    Ratby Co-operative (Brett Baker)
    Riddings (Bob Morton)
    St Austell Town (David Loukes)
    Staines (Ian McElligot)
    Tavistock Chester Le Street Riverside (Ian Robinson)
    Thoresby Colliery (Martin Heartfield)
    United Co-op Crewe (Jeff Sparkes)
    United Co-op Yorkshire Brass (Kevin Wadsworth)
    Welwyn Garden City (David Jones

    Me thinks will be difficult to predict the winners!!!
  5. HorniKaz

    HorniKaz Supporting Member

    Its also my 1st Spring Festival!

    But after seeing the list of bands who've entered & the fact we're playing in the Opera House makes me a very very nervous horn player! :( Think I'd best go & practice.:eek: See you all in 3 weeks!!!!!!!
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2006
  6. KMJ Recordings

    KMJ Recordings Supporting Member

    I'll be there in a listening and networking capacity - feel free to make yourselves known ;)

    (except you Karen - I already know you :D )
  7. jim

    jim Member

    Its gots be said that the Grand shield looks like its gonna be one heck of a contest theres not really one band who really stick out to me, also I think my band are staying across the road from the venue, its my first blackpool only ever done the open so should be fun!
  8. aqua76

    aqua76 Member

    Just be thankful you only have to play WHitsun Wakes, its like a 'a tune a day' in comparison to Harmony Music!!!

  9. blakeyboy

    blakeyboy Member

    I cannot wait for it...Harmony Music is a great piece and we've played it enough to know that it "should" separate the bands a bit, thing is though there are quite a few really good bands in the section....hoping for an early draw.

    see u all in the galleon!!!
  10. Charmed

    Charmed Active Member

    It's ours too! :biggrin:

    Not a particularly easy piece to play. And after the rehearsal tonight, think I had better cancel my holiday next week. :eek: Maybe not. Do you think the Matlese will mind me practicing? ;)
  11. chiephonium

    chiephonium Member


    Unfortunately my band is not competing this year but i am delighted to say i will playing at the contest with Hatfield Band.

    I think Essence Of Time is a great piece and can't wait to get my teeth into it!

    It is my first time at this competition and am very much looking forward to it...:redface:

    I will see you at band on Friday no doubt [charmed & jonnyeuph]

    can't wait...
  12. Bones

    Bones Member

    Take it your staying in the same place as last year then Nicky
  13. Charmed

    Charmed Active Member

    Good to have you on board for the contest Andy. Unfortunately, :biggrin: , you won't see me now until the week after next! Going away tomorrow for a week in Malta.
  14. Cornishwomble

    Cornishwomble Active Member

    It's my first ever Spring Festival and I'm really looking forward to it, in fact it'd my first ever trip to Blackpool. Essence of Time is a cracking piece too!
  15. paddo

    paddo Member

    where've you been all ya life cornish!

    I have to say as a place to go for a holiday its got to be the pits, BUT for a banding weekend its the business, been going to blackpool now for over 20 years. Used to be the miners finals then 3 or 4 years ago did my first Spring Festival, brilliant.

    Mind, Harmony Music is a real test, don't think many will get any where near it if being honest. Good luck to all competing........
  16. yorkie19

    yorkie19 Active Member

    I think my fingers have given up the ghost!

    See you in the bar afterwards mate!
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2006
  17. paddo

    paddo Member

    thats a yes to both of them fella, love to know how many double players will openly admit that there is one part in the damn peice which is nye on impossible!!

  18. Nuke

    Nuke Active Member

    Have played essence of time with two different bands now.
    im not playing at the spring festival this year which is gutting cause last year was my first spring festival and it was great.

    I might bob down and listen to a few renditions though and end up in the bar once the ones i want to listen to have played...
    Hopefully see you all there.
  19. Matthew

    Matthew Active Member

    You've gotta love that BBb part though eh, fantastic! :cool:
  20. Matthew

    Matthew Active Member

    Get that man a 'kiss-me-quick' hat and a bag of chips! ;) :D