2007 Spring Festival Results & Discussion

CORNETDAZ

New Member
I've heard a rumour that 3 bands are going up out of the Shield this year to the Open has anyone else heard anything??
 

barrytone

Member
Would be interested to know why the three bands who have withdrawn from the Cup have done so; whether it's player shortages, cost of attending, the piece itself or another reason. The piece is a killer, great piece of music but boy does it take some playing. They'll be a few nervous solo bari and solo euph players on Saturday no doubt, good luck to everyone of you.
 

Ian McElligott

New Member
As with the recent Area Finals, Staines has withdrawn from the Senior Cup, albeit reluctantly, because of a lack of players. The band has not folded, but is going through a process of rebuilding and has stated its determination to maintain its Championship status. Staines Brass continues to rehearse every Thursday evening at its purpose built band-room. The band is actively recruiting new players and would welcome enquiries from anyone wishing to join the band. If anyone would like to chat to me about it I would happily discuss the band's position and plans for the future.
 
Looking forward to my first Spring Festival weekend - I'm playing first trombone with Newtongrange on "Ballet for Band"; they'll definitely be there, with a strong band - lots of great corner-men. I'll not be hanging around though, as I have a concert in Jedburgh at night. I'll be the one wearing the red jacket with mysterious black skid marks on the sleeves, missing epaulettes and teeth marks on one shoulder (It's Big Neil's old one!!)


ps - Hot of the press - there's been a change in the judges for the English National - watch this space!!
 

Accidental

Supporting Member
Is there any information about which sections will be held in which halls?
The Senior Trophy will be in the Spanish Hall - is that bad?!
If I read the blurb right, the Shield is in the Opera House and the Cup in the Pavilion Theatre.

Anyone know which adjudicators are doing which section please?
 
The Pavillion is quite a nice hall to play in.

The Spanish Hall is just freaky with those stupid looking figures along the whole wall. Watch out for the overhang above where perc and basses play. Be advised to get as close to the front of the stage as you can! Oh and also watch out for the crisp lady that walked right in front of us while we played in 2003 with a box of walkers (I think it was cheese & onion)!
 

barrytone

Member
First ever Spring Festival for me, played at the venue before when we did the CISWO contest there with Sharlston Colliery band, think we played in the Spanish Hall, remember having a real laugh.

I absolutely love Dances and Alleluias, but it's one of the most difficult test pieces I have ever had to master. Looking forward to performing it now but bit nervous about the exposed baritone cadenza and solo. Hopefully adrenalin will carry me along on the day!
 

Thirteen Ball

Active Member
First ever Spring Festival for me...

Take heart in the fact that you can't have a worse record than me.

2004 Grand Sheild (Les Preludes) - Placed 20th (Relagated)
(2nd euph player died aged 20 the week before so no-one really cared about the contest)

2005 Senior Cup (Montage) - Placed 19th (Relegated)

2006 Senior Trophy (Essence of Time) - Place 18th (Relegated)

No matter what happens, you;ve beaten me!! ;)
 

winterman

Member
Most of us at Drighlington are heading over tonight to the hotel (not stayed over before).

Back to the Trophy this year for us and "Ballet for Band", well, certainly not my favourite piece but it is very slowly growing on me..

If only I can get that darn thought of Woody the Woodpecker out of my head during my last solo bit (the twiddly one somewhere around 22). Whoever it was told me to look for familiar shapes, patterns and sounds you know already in a new piece needs shooting.

Good luck to everyone this weekend, especially the mass of Yorkshire bands (North, South, East and West), looks like all levels are in for a great battle.

I see Stereophonics are in the Empress Ballroom on Saturday night as well..
 
Take heart in the fact that you can't have a worse record than me.

2004 Grand Sheild (Les Preludes) - Placed 20th (Relagated)
(2nd euph player died aged 20 the week before so no-one really cared about the contest)

2005 Senior Cup (Montage) - Placed 19th (Relegated)

2006 Senior Trophy (Essence of Time) - Place 18th (Relegated)

No matter what happens, you;ve beaten me!! ;)


Sorry to hear that (especially from one of my old bands)

However, Tongwynlais have the "slight" opportunity of doing the reverse!

2005 - 2nd Senior Trophy (Connotations)

2006 - 3rd Senior Cup (Harmony Music)

2007 - 1st or 2nd (not choosey) Grand Shield (The Night to Sing)

2007 - Anywhere. British Open (Devil and the Deep Blue Sea!!!! Please?)

(I Can Hope Can't I!!!!?)
 

JohnnyEuph

Member
If only I can get that darn thought of Woody the Woodpecker out of my head during my last solo bit (the twiddly one somewhere around 22). Whoever it was told me to look for familiar shapes, patterns and sounds you know already in a new piece needs shooting.

Shoot the Woodpecker with some alternate fingerings! :p
 

gawber

Active Member
results courtesy of 4barsrest

Grand Shield
1. Polysteel, P. Harper
2. Sellers International, P. McCann
3. Leyland, R. Gray
4. Tongwynlais Temperance Silver, G. Pritchard

Best soloist: Euphonium, Sellers

Senior Cup
1. Wingates, A. Berryman
2. Thoresby Colliery, I. McElligot
3. Kibworth, J. Berryman
4. Freckleton, P. Dalton

Best soloist: Euphonium, Wingates

Senior Trophy
1. Stockbridge, D. Nesbitt
2. Glossop Old, J. Davies
3. Bo'ness & Carriden, M. Marzella
4. Bactiguard Wire Brass, P. Andrews

Soloist prize: Solo cornet, Bo'ness & Carriden
 
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MAW

Member
Congratulations Tongwynlais :D :biggrin: great result. :clap:
Highest place Welsh Band too.

I am not biased, honest.

sorry you didn't make it in the top 2 MrUniverse. :(- still in the prizes though. :-D

well done to all the other bands too.
 
There's only two "places" to finish in the Grand Shield, and that's first or second. Having said that, finishing first is soooooooooo much better!! Well done Phil and the band, great stuff.
 

Rach_Horn

Member
Congratulations Sellers :biggrin:

Whoooooo :clap: :clap:

Also big congrats to Thoresby ( my old band) in the Senior Cup!! :clap:

Great set of results all round!!!!! :D

xxx
 

KMJ Recordings

Supporting Member
I must've had the (almost) golden touch today - congratulations to Tongwynlais and Gareth (who happens to be my producer), Wingates (I had my annual chat with Andy MacDonald in the bar, so I must've rubbed off on them) and to Glossop who I'm working with in June, and with whom I spent a fine afternoon in the pub :biggrin:
 

brassneck

Active Member
Well, it looked like an interesting day for all concerned ... I'll post the results now (courtesy 4BR) for all tMPers to see.

Full results of the 2007 Spring Festival incorporating the Grand Shield, Senior Cup and Senior Trophy contests from Blackpool's Winter Gardens.
Grand Shield

Test Piece:
The Night to Sing, Bramwell Tovey

Start time: 1130hrs
Venue: The Opera House

Adjudicators:
Frank Renton and Alan Morrison*

Results:

1. PolySteel, P. Harper, 15
2. Sellers International, P. McCann, 10
3. Leyland, R. Gray, 12
4. Tongwynlais Temperance Silver, G. Pritchard, 3
5. Virtuosi GUS, R. Wiffen OBE, 11
6. BTM (PHS) Band, J. Katsikaris, 6
7. Tredegar, A. Ramsay, 17
8. Staffordshire, D. Maplestone, 7
9. Mount Charles, G. Cutt, 14
10. Yorkshire Imperial Urquart Travel, R. Farr, 16
11. BT, M. Fowles, 1
12. Redbridge, M. White, 18
13. Burry Port Town, M. Thorne, 13
14. Newstead Welfare, D. Beckley, 5
15. Pennine Brass, I. Porthouse, 19
16. Sovereign Brass, T. Jones, 4
17. Ashton Under Lyne, P. Chalk, 9
18. Fishburn, R. Evans, 8
19. Alliance Brass, J. Clark, 2

Top two bands qualify for the British Open

Best soloist: Euphonium, Sellers

*Alan Morrison replaces James Gourlay

Senior Cup

Test Piece:
Dances an Alleluias, Philip Sparke

Start Time: 1000hrs
Venue: Pavilion Theatre

David Read and Stephen Mead

Results:

1. Wingates, A. Berryman, 6
2. Thoresby Colliery, I. McElligot, 11
3. Kibworth, J. Berryman, 8
4. Freckleton, P. Dalton, 16
5. East Yorkshire Motor Services, J. Davies, 7
6. Albourne, D. Barringer, 4
7. Innovate Skelmathorpe, J. Roberts, 1
8. Cwmaman Institute Silver (Tower Colliery), N. Seaman, 15
9. Pemberton Old Wigan JJB, A. Hobbins, 9
10. Unison Kinneil, C. McKenzie, 17
11. Jaguar (Coventry), D. Lea, 2
12. Dalmellington, A. Hutchinson, 14
13. Bournemouth Concert Brass, D. Hayward, 18
14. Kingdom Brass, C. Anderson, 13
15. Lindley, N. Jowett, 5
16. Besses o' th' Barn, J. Hinckley, 10
17. Ratby Co-operative, S. Sykes, 12
18. Knottingley Silver, R. Morgan, 3

Staines, W

Top two four bands qualify for the Grand Shield

Best soloist: Euphonium, Wingates

Senior Trophy

Test Piece:
Ballet For Band, Joseph Horowitz

Start time: 1100hrs
Venue: The Spanish Room

Adjudicators:
James Scott* and Ian Brownbill

Results:

1. Stockbridge, D. Nesbitt, 11
2. Glossop Old, J. Davies, 5
3. Bo'ness & Carriden, M. Marzella, 1
4. Bactiguard Wire Brass, P. Andrews, 17
5. Powerfuel Hatfield Colliery, G. O'Conner, 12
6. United Norwest Co-op Milnrow, A. White, 18
7. Parc & Dare, C. Roberts, 6
8. Newtongrange, I. Fleming, 2
9. United Co-op Crewe, J. Sparkes, 13
10. Mossley, D. Bryers, 4
11. United Norwest Co-op Yorkshire Brass, W. Rushworth, 10
12. Blackburn and Darwen, N. Sheppard, 8
13. Friary Guildford, C. King, 3
14. Marsden Riverhead Brewery, G. Williams, 9
15. Tavistock Chester le Street Riverside, I. Robinson, 20
16. Old Silkstone, A. Exley, 19
17. Drighlington, K. Belcher, 7
18. Vernon Building Society, A. Lawton, 16
19. Harrogate, D. Lancaster, 14
20. Longridge, P. Lockett, 15

Top two four bands qualify for the Senior Cup

Soloist prize: Solo cornet, Bo'ness & Carriden

* James Scott replaces Alan Morrison

http://www.4barsrest.com/news/detail.asp?id=5662
 

brassneck

Active Member
Senior Cup ...

... Top two four bands qualify for the Grand Shield

- it was just pointed out to me this error posted by 4BR. It should read "Top four bands qualify for the Grand Shield"
 
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