adjudicators for 2004 yorkshire area!!

the adjudicators for the 2004 yorkshire area are:
Championship Section: David Read and Roy Roe
First Section: Roy Sparkes
Second Section: Sydney Swancott
Third Section: Ian Craddock
Fourth Section: David Lancaster

good or what!!!! :D
i saw it on 4br! lol

sydney swancott?? whos he? any one know his background? also any one know the adjudicators for the finals this year??


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My deepest sympathies to the 4th Section - but at least MightyMute will be kept away from sight so you won't see his shirts!!!!

Rach x

Roger Thorne

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rickcowens said:
sydney swancott?? whos he? any one know his background? also any one know the adjudicators for the finals this year??
Sydney Swancott FVCM
Chairman - National Association of Brass Band Conductors

Sydney commenced his musical studies at the age of 7 with piano lessons. When he was 14 he transferred to brass playing and took up the trombone. At this time he joined the Rawmarsh Band.

During military service he played as principal trombone with the R.A.F. Bomber Command Band. His lasting memory is of playing with the band for the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11 in 1953.

On leaving the R.A.F. he studied theory, harmony and conducting with the late Leonard Davies, Principal of the Parr School of Music, in Manchester.

He has conducted a number of bands including Southampton Albion, Brodsworth Colliery and Markham Main Colliery. He is a member of the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators and has adjudicated throughout the country. He is regularly called upon to review new music, CD’s and concerts for the Brass Band press.

He is totally dedicated as Chairperson of the Association and represents the N.A.B.B.C. at a huge number of concerts, contests and gathering throughout the British Isles. Recently he became an examiner with the National College of Brass.



Interesting to see that there will be 2 people in the box for the top section for the first time. I personally think this is a good idea as so much hangs on the Area contest for bands grading status, especially in the top section where things are so tight as regards possible relegation.
Last years contest threw up some strange results but I think with 2 people involved we may hopefully get a more conistent result. What does anyone else think?

As regards Mr L's shirts we will still have to look at them when he comes out of the box to give his comments after the performances. My money is on a certain David Beckham to be seen wearing an identical shirt a matter of days later.
Mark Wears Pennine Brass.

Roger Thorne

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And not forgetting our very own Mr. Mute . . . .

David Lancaster

David began playing the cornet in 1971 and joined Pemberton Old Band soon afterwards. In 1976 he won the Alexander Owen Memorial Scholarship and subsequently took cornet and trumpet lessons with Michael Antrobus. A chance encounter with the music of Harrison Birtwistle led to a passion for contemporary music which encouraged David to begin to compose seriously. He studied music at York and Cambridge Universities and held composers' residencies at Bootham School, York (1983-4) and at Charterhouse in Surrey (1985- 8 ). He also studied composition with Peter Maxwell Davies at Dartington Summer School from 1982-4.

David Lancaster held the posts of Lecturer in Music at Langley College, Slough (1988-92) and Performing Arts Manager at Amersham and Wycombe College (1992-4) before moving north again to take up the role of Senior Lecturer in Music at the University College of Ripon and York St John (1994-).

David rediscovered his love of brass bands whilst at Charterhouse when he joined the Godalming Band, then Alder Valley Brass with whom he competed in the Royal Albert Hall in the 1991 National Championships. But at this time he was also beginning a conducting career with Runnymede Brass who qualified for the National Finals four times in four years under David's direction, moving from Fourth to First Section in the process. David has been conductor of The Harrogate Band since moving back to Yorkshire in 1994; they too have recently enjoyed significant success on the concert and contest platform, including an extended run of first and second prizes in local and national competition and several appearances in the National Brass Band Championship Finals. He also served for a short while as Resident Conductor of the Ever Ready Band.

David has recently completed commissions from The Wakefield Metropolitan Band, Kirkbymoorside Town Band and Wetherby and District Silver Band. A number of his compositions and arrangements are now available on CD, including 'Bridge on the Wharfe', 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' and 'Pastyme with Henry'. He is currently engaged on a new work for solo euphonium, a dance collaboration with choreographer Stuart Martin and a new large-scale work for band.



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Erm - thanks Roger. Must do the same for you some time!

[Note to self - urgent need to update biography on band website - some of those 'recent' and 'current' things are now in the distant past...]

D :roll:
This year at the scottish areas there were 2 adjudicators in the box for each section, it seemed to work well and most people were happy with comments made.

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