North of England Championship
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The Dolphin Centre
Saturday 16th March
Bands: Carlisle St. Stephen (tba): Cockerton Prize Silver (G. Catherall):
Felling (R. Poole): Ferryhill Town (S. Robson): Flimby Saxhorn (tba): GT Group
Peterlee (B. Holden): Langbaurgh Brass (T. Oldroyd): Pride Valley Brass (R. Morton):
York Railway Institute (D. Warley)
A small nine band field will be tackling
the dangers of the Ewald, "Symphony for Brass", and if reports from
the rest of the country are to go by, then they will all find it a pretty tough
test. Plenty of opportunities to show good balance, intonation and technical expertise
will be put to the test and there may well be plenty of casualties.
St. Stephens came 9th last year, their first in the section after being relegated
due to them coming low down the field in both 1999 and 2000 when they were 9th.
A famous old band with hopefully a secure future ahead of them, they will be trying
hard to improve on their showing last time out.
Cockerton come to the contest
off the back of winning the 3rd Section of the recent County Durham contest and
they will also be looking to improve on their recent record here when they have
come 6th in the past two years. Felling meanwhile also competed at the County
Durham contest, when they came 2nd behind Cockerton. They were 8th here in 1998
and fell into the third section. Things have improved since and they won the third
section in 2000 and survived with a bit of comfort last year. Could be a candidate
for further improvement.
Ferryhill may be a band to really watch out for
as they come to the Dolphin Centre on the back of two consecutive winning promotions.
Relegated after coming 11th in the third section in 1998, they responded by coming
4th the following year in the bottom section before their triumphs in the fourth
and third sections in 2000 and 2001. They recently came 2nd at the County Durham
contest to go with 16th place at the Nationals and 4th at the Mineworkers championship.
Saxhorn were relegated to the second section for 1999 and have responded by putting
in three good years of solid performances. 3rd in 1999 and 5th in 2000 and again
last year show they can be in with a chance. Should be capable of getting a bit
higher. GT Group Peterlee are a band that makes a return after missing last years
contest. We don't know the reason behind this but they were poised to go up a
section following two consecutive 2nd places here in 1999 and 2000. No recent
form that we can find, but they could make a mark.
Langbaurgh Brass had
a great year in 2001 and will be hoping try and gain yet another promotion. They
won Pontins in 2001 in the Third section and came 4th in the National Finals and
their record here is very good. They won the title in the third section in 1999
and have had a further 3rd and 2nd place to gain the step up for this year. Could
be in with a good shout.
Pride Valley will be hoping to avoid the controversy
that spoilt their second consecutive third place at the contest last year. Hopes
will be high though as they come to the contest on the back of 3rd place at the
Durham contest and 4th place at the Mineworkers. York Railway Institute came runners
up last year here and went on the claim 17th place at the National Finals in Preston.
They were relegated from the First Section a few years ago, but in the past two
years in particular they have really improved and they have the talent to do just
as well this time around.
1. Westoe STCHT
2. York Railway Institute
3. Pride Valley
4. Horden Colliery
5. Flimby Saxhorn
6. Cockerton Silver
2. Pride Valley
3. York Railway Institute
5. Flimby Saxhorn
Dark Horse: GT Group Peterlee