Whitwell an Emotional Third at Butlins

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  1. stephen2001

    stephen2001 Member

    Whitwell Brass Band secured an emotional third place finish at the Butlins National Mineworkers Contest in Skegness over the weekend. Playing The Seasons by Philip Wilby, the band took away the £700 prize in a field of 15 Fourth Section bands from across the country.

    The competition was Simon Gresswell’s second contest as conductor with the band, having been appointed last October. Following the results ceremony, Simon said, “I am delighted with the band’s performance. It was pleasing to get them back amongst the prizes.”

    Adjudicators Barry Thompson and Mark Walters gave praise in their remarks to Lauren Greenhalgh’s Tenor Horn feature in the second movement. They were also complimentary about the band’s confidence and overall quality of sound.

    The performance was dedicated to the band’s Bb Bass player, Richard Askew who died following a short battle with cancer during the week before the contest. The band would like to thank the North East Midlands Brass Band Association for the tribute that they paid to Richard during the results ceremony. The comments that they made were heartfelt and much appreciated. Richard’s son, Ben also on Bb Bass, played on the day in what was an emotional performance.

    Past and present members of the band provided the music during Richard’s funeral service at St Luke’s Church in Shireoaks. Band Chairman Stephen Watkins said “It was an honour for Whitwell Brass Band to give Richard a send-off he would have enjoyed. He was a constant source of support, encouragement and humour and will be greatly missed by everyone in the bandroom.”

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