National Finals 2001: Live coverage...
Royal Albert Hall, London
Saturday, October 20, 2001
Competition commences @ 10.00am
Test piece: Albion, Jan van der Roost
David Read, Dr Roy Newsome & Jan Van der Roost,
1. Black Dyke; 198
2. Fodens; 197
3. Yorkshire Building Society; 196
4. Williams Fairey; 195
5. Buy As You View Cory; 194
6. Leyland; 193
7. Tredegar; 192
8. Whitburn; 191
9. Flowers; 190
10. CWS Glasgow; 189
11. Brighouse and Rastrick; 187
12. Aveley and Newham; 185
13. Ransome; 184
14. EYMS; 182
15. Point of Ayr; 181
16. Travelsphere Holidays; 179
17. Thoresby RJB; 178
18. Fishburn; 177
19. Camborne; 176
20. Kidlington; 174
Own thoughts on each performance:
Bands drawn 1-4:
1. Aveley & Newham, Nigel Taken
Odd one this... Hope the adjudicators know what to listen for.
Opening fanfares well managed. Perc a little heavy maybe. 43 Starts
well but gets scrappy but most semis are clear.
Marziale. Good trom work and style seems good.
Larghetto. Solo cornet a little unsafe. Sop starts well but gets
a little clippy. Horn and euph good. Flug has nice sound and plays
Allegro. good technique and 344 to end. Good semi work to start
and moves to a decent close
2. Williams Fairey, Howard Snell
Opening has atmosphere though first group sound a little nervy.
Good detail throughout and all groups are clear. Big bass sounds
to 43 then band ensemble good. 65 quality playing and all seems
there. Marziale has good style and detail is clear.
Largheto. Solo cornet has style. horn ans sop continue in same vein
but the odd splash is evident. Musically well presented with euph
and flug in fine form.
Allegro. Some powerful sounds and all well handled. 344 very stylish
with some lovely sounds which build to good climax. This was a good
show and sets the standard.
3. Travelsphere Holidays, Frank Renton
Fanfares good. Formations are different but this adds to atmosphere.
43. Good playing throughout leading to high tempo at 125 so clarity
suffers. Marziale not always together but some big sounds are evident.
Larghetto. Solo cornet has so much style but bad intonation between
horn and sop spoils. Euph lovely sound. Flug unsure to start but
Allegro Marziale onwards moves well but not always 'bob on'. Some
nice sounds though but it really didn't climax as we would like.
4. Brighouse & Rastrick, Alan Withinton
Unsure opening. Can't here drum. Improves with nice sounds from
lower end. 43. Loud stuff here and impressive. 65 shows lots of
clarity - bullets!! Lots of effects throguhout but not without the
odd clip. Marziale. Exellent style to start. Great stuff here.
Larghetto. Solo cornet plays it but it does nothing for us. Similarly
for for sop and horn. A little too up tempo for expression. Very
straight. flug nice though.
Allegro Marziale. Techically excellent with lots of clarity. Exiting
stuff to end. Big and bold but not always brilliant.
Bands drawn 5-8:
Cup of tea anyone? The hall empties...
5. Fishburn, Ian Robinson
Fanfares start well though splahes are evident in centre group.
Some loud bass sounds to 43. 43 onwards not all detail is clear
and it lacks mometum. Too many splits for us.
Larghetto. Solo cornet struggles as do horn and sop. Nice euph and
ensemble but flug unsure. Improves with nice sounds. Maestoso is
big and semis are well executed. 345 not without splashes and the
band sounds tired throughout finale.
People still enjoying their cups of tea.... a band that comes a
dserved 6th in Open deserves better!!!
6. Whitburn, Philip McCann
Nice drum to open. 2 cornts noticable to open? Some nice effects
and sounds but detail not 100 percent from 65. Continues similarly.
Marziale flows well we think.
Larghetto. Solo cornet starts confidently but then it goes a little
wonky. Sop and horn not without clips. Euph gives time and space.
Flug well done!
Allegro Marziale. 6s handled well with some nice effects around
the stand. 345 not together. Builds a little pedantically and band
sounds are not so big now. A shame.
Those muffins look tasty dear, another cup?
7. Thoresby RJB, Stan Lippeatt
Opening from drum and first cornet choir excellent but secong choir
spoil. Fanfares not heard at all now. 65 scrappy, all goes in but
not always clear. Tempo wanders and detail is absent. 154 is very
Marziale. More style please. Good cornet work and troms have their
Larghetto. Cornet does well but vibes too loud for us. Intonation
problems from sop and horn and is scrappy. Euph does ok as does
flug. Big bass sound! Their best playing for us.
Allegro Marziale. 297 basses? Flows niely with some good effects.
Momentum lost though so lacks excitement. 346 onwards does not sound
comfortable but improves. Still some big sounds at end but not impressive.
8. Leyland, Gary Cutt
Nice drum and first choir play with style. This continues throughout.
Fanfares are all heard and big sounds from lower end. Perc play
sensibly - thank you. A Fine opening. 65 fine sounds. Good detail
and approach. All big and well executed only the odd blip. 177 did
I miss something? Marziale. Big throughout.
Larghetto. Well done solo cornet. Sop and horn play confidently.
Flug links beautifully for euph. Fab flug!!! Things go nicely throughout.
Allegro Marziale. Tempo allows clarity to come through. It's all
big and good. Not brill for us at 330. Builds nicely now to a super
end. Well played... and directed.
Bands drawn 9-12:
9. Kidlington, Catherine Underwood,
Snare to start not field drum? Fanfares not always clear and notes
mispitched. Perc good at 43 and all goes well to 65. Untidy before
95 and bass theme weak at 129 but moves well to 160. Marziale well
prepared and style is good to Larghetto.
Larghetto. Solo cornet has hiccups and horn and sop numerous splahes.
Euph musical and flug plays well but a little loud. Emsemble not
together at 266.
Allegro Marziale. Bass trom is clearly up for it. The band sounds
tired in the closing stages but this was a creditable performance.
Well done band and conductor.
10. EYMS, Gareth Pritchard
Untidy opening from cornets. Perc a bit heavy at times and drown
others somewhat. 43 to 65 good emsemble work. 65 is at good tempo
which allows all parts to be delivered however the playing is scrappy
at times. Lead up to marziale not well executed.
Larghetto. Solo cornet edgy as are sop and horn. Euph does well
and nice flug. Not together at 280.
Allegro Marziale. The band struggles now and tired lips are evident.
The technial challenges are clearly not met.
Comfort break for adjudicators...
Our thoughts so far..
Leyland, Faireys and Brighouse stand out for us so far...
11. Flowers, Philip Harper
Fanfares are clear and well delivered. Sensible dynamics from perc
and lower band sounds good. All goes well to 65 which is exciting
but perc dominate. Plenty of energy throughout but possibly overcooked
at times. Scrappy at 125 and 155. Marziale starts poorly but recovers
Larghetto. Blop from solo cornet to start but is musicaal in approach.
Horn and sop not without clips, euph a little stright but flug does
ok. Style a little rigid and the music doesn't always flow.
Allegro Marziale. Perc over the top for us! Some big sounds and
quality work from troms. Will there be anything left for the climax?
Only just.... We think they'll be happy with this one.
and now the hall fills considerably....
12. Black Dyke, Nicholas Childs
Fanfares are precise and clear assisted with top quality lower end
sounds. Good ensemble to 65. The tempo is good and all is heard.
A bit frantic around 155 but does not detract. Marziale well measured.
Larghetto. Super solo cornet and ensemble supports well. Horn and
sop are given time and space but not without the odd glitch. Super
euph and flug. Full of real music.
Allegro Marziale. Approach to 309 top notch, brilliant throughout.
A super performance.
Bands drawn 13-16:
13. Buy As You View Cory, Robert Childs
Fanfares not entirely clear but the lower band sounds are good.
Perc overdone at 43 for us and onwards to 65. Tempo is good and
the music has energy and excitement. Perc overcooks again? Marziale
Larghetto. Classy solo cornet. Sop and horn have a few dodgy momets
but the music has a nice flow. Euph - some fine playing and excellent
flugal with emsemble enhancing nicely.
Allegro Marziale. Great work from troms and super sounds throughout.
An exciting close to another quality performance. Will they retain
14. Tredegar, Steve Bastable
Fanfares are well delivered with only the odd uncertainty. Lower
band sounds are good. 65 has good energy and excitement and all
goes well to 125 which gets a little messy with trom splits. A good
lead to marziale which is top quality to larghetto.
Larghetto. Claasy solo cornet. Horn and sop musical with the odd
clip in horn line. Euph is big and musical. Flugal excellent. A
very musical movement.
Allegro Marziale. Things are impressive and the music has shape
and poise. This continues to the finale which is big and exciting.
A quality show that should be well up there.
15. CWS Glasgow, James Gourlay
Fanfares clear and precise. sensible dynamics from perc. Bass end
sounds are rich. 65. The music has great drive and the technical
parts are well delivered. Troms struggle at 143 and things get scrappy
around 157. Marziale is well measured.
Larghetto. solo cornet shows her class. Horn and sop are uncertain
and a little loud. Euph well played. Flug gives a good end to a
Allegro Marziale. Great bass sounds and excellent with controlled
dynamics through to a impressive close.
16. The Ransome Band, Russell Gray
Scrappy opening. Nice lower end band sounds. 65 is well controlled
and this moves nicely to 125. some fine playing around here. Only
the odd scrappy moment. Marziale is good. Perc not always together
Larghetto. Solo cornet clips a few. Horn and sop improve as it goes
on. Euph does well as does flug.
allegro Marziale. Are they tiring? The sound has gone. It's both
neat ad scrappy! Did cornet play at 345? rolls on to finale. It
died a little for us at the end.
Bands drawn 17-20:
17. Point of Ayr, Mike Fowles
Fanfares a little muddled with up tempo approach. Lower end stuff
effective. 43 to 65 is well controlled with nice ensemble sounds.
65 lack drive and energy and it gets a little untidy after 141 and
does nor recover soon enough. Marziale goes well to larghetto.
Larghetto. Nice solo cornet. Sop and horn strugle but euph is excellent.
Well done flug into 266. Some effective playing spoilt by the odd
Allegro Marziale. Impressive trom work around 330. 348 to finish
reasonably well done but lack a big sound.
18. Yorkshire Building Society, David King
1st fanfare not 100 percent but rest spot on. Great lower end sounds.
43 to 65 is well controlled and dynamically excellent. 65 has good
energy and drive with nothing overdone. All the detail is heard.
Lead to 157 is excelent. Marziale to larghetto is very well executed.
Larghetto. Solo cornet has nice touches. Sop and horn not without
the odd blemish. Euph has great sound and flugel shapes with style.
Allegro Marziale. Great direction with terrific playing all round.
Lead in to 326 is perfect. The end is full of excitement and class.
19. Camborne, Brian Grant
A scrappy opening, but recovers. 43 is controlled with effective
perc. 65 builds nicely with some neat playing. Not always 'bob on'
but good playing is evident. Bass trom enjoys himself. Good attempt
to 157 but then gets scrappy. Marziale well controlled to start
but seems a little sluggish.
Larghetto. Solo cornet tentative. Sop line not all there but good
horn. Euph plays well apart from 1st trill. Flug gets through.
Allegro Marziale. Clarity not always present. Bloody hell bass drum!
Some tired lips now. A good build to the finale. It all closes well.
20. Fodens, Bramwell Tovey
Excellent fafares leading to good effects and big bass sound. 43
to 65 well executed. 65 has clarity and is well controlled. It cotinues
in much the same vein to marziale. Good stuff cornets to 157. All
exciting stuff. Marziale has so much style. Cornets again impress....
Big sounds basses!
Larghetto. Solo conet not without slips but is confident. Sop and
horn too clip a couple. Euph does his bit well and flug is musical.
Unsure Bb bass.
Allegro Marziale. Exciting stuff played very well. It's big and
bold stuff. Excellent 6s and troms enhance. Lovely build from 348
to end. This is all good stuff even if there is the odd clip. A
fine fine show. Well done.