Post Match Analysis:
North West Regional Championships 2002
Sunday 10th March
Adjudicator: Sydney Swancott
1. Wire Brass (P. Andrews): 185 18
2. Silk Brass Astra Zeneca (Macclesfield) (K. Mackintosh): 184 8
3. Middleton (S. Foster): 183 4
4. Greenhall's Brewery (H. Bousefield): 182 1
5. Blackpool Brass (G. Smith): 180 17
6. Rainford Silver (L. Nicholson): 179 14
7. Boarshurst (Greenfield) (J. Webster): 178 19
8. United Norwest 2000 Brass (A. Helleur): 177 13
9. Diggle (D. Morris): 176 7
10. Pilling Jubilee Silver (S. Simpson): 175 10
11. City of Chester (D. Mitchell): 174 16
12. Eccleston Brass (B. Harper): 173 12
13. Lostockhall Memorial (R. Heyes): 172 9
14. Eaton's Franworth (P. Ashley): 171 6
15. Blackley (G. Smith): 170 15
16. Hazel Grove (A. Hurst): 169 3
17. Barnton Silver (S. Yates): 167 5
18. Greenfield (D. Chapman): 165 11
19. Eccles Borough (C. Pownall): 164 2
Top three qualify
If you are going to make a mark in the banding world you would
have thought it would take years of hard work, plenty of history
and players who have served a long and tortuous apprenticeship.
Not so with Wire Brass.
The band that takes its name after the industrial heritage
of the Warrington area (it shares its name with the proper
nickname of the towns rugby league team) have only been in
existence for less than a year and this was only its second
contest. However, that was no handicap as they performed superbly
as penultimate performers in a good quality field to take the title
and the trip to the south coast.
Adjudicator, Sydney Swancott said at the end of the section that
the composer had given a wide margin in the tempo to allow freedom
of expression to come through from the music, and that he found
the choice enjoyable. He also made the telling point that he felt
disappointed for the band that came 4th as they also gave an excellent
performance. Thats contesting though, as are those acts of
God which sometimes interfere with a bands chances of success. Greenhalls
for instance had to contend with one of the Opera House stage lights
exploding and although they coped well, it obviously disturbed
the flow and rhythm of the band for a few bars or more.
Wire were excellent and had plenty of fine solo players who impressed
everyone in the audience, whilst Silk Brass who were second gave
a powerful performance that had plenty of detail. We at 4BR didnt
have Wire in the prizes in our preview, but after their performance,
there was little doubt that they were a band that was really up
there. We wont underestimate them again for sure.
Third spot went to Middleton who played very well indeed off the
early number 4 draw, whilst Greenhalls overcame both the lights
and the number 1 draw to come 4th. In our preview we had them to
win, but in the end they just narrowly missed out. Hard lines to
one and all.
Blackpool Brass were on immediately before the winners and gave
a solid and well received performance, whilst Rainford who came
6th also impressed and just pushed Boarshurt (Greenfield) out of
the top prizes. They were taken by Jonathan Webster, who with Lynda
Nicholson were the two best conductors on the day clear,
compact and quite elegent in their style. We think Lynda Nicholson
will be a success with Besses O th Barn when she takes
over the reigns soon and Mr Webster we are sure will be hunted by
the talent scouts.
Below them came United Norwest in 8th and Diggle in 9th (who we
had as our 5th place choices in the preview). After that it was
a bit of a procession down the list with Pilling Jubilee 10th, City
of Chester 11th, Eccleston 12th and Lostockhall Memorial 13th. The
bottom 6 read Eatons Farnsworth (our dark horses in the preview),
Blackley, Hazel Grove, Barnton Silver, Greenfield and Eccles.
A fine contest and well deserved winners. We didnt have them
listed before hand and we had our noses rubbed in it as a result.
Well done to Wire, but we did get the remaining 5 right 9although
in the wrong order) so we were not too far out.