The Lower Section National Finals 2002
First Section Prize Winners
First Place: Staffordshire Band
Impressive opening. Excellent detail at 2. Baases are neat at A.
This is convincing playing. Assured euph solo! Great support from
your bass section. 3 - Fine cornet playing here - so much detail.
Great sop playing!
4 - A touch uneasy here at first. Some intonation lapses are observed
ie, around 306.
Delightful playing in 5 - especially your solo cornet. So well
shaped! 6 - Tastefully played despite the occasional glitch. Your
basses give such good support. Same goes for percussion. Real power
play from 7 - yet so articulate.
Great stuff! You appear to be strong in all sections and well directed!!
1 and 2 - Excellent dynamic contrasts - catching the character
of each texture and musical intention - declamatory, fizzing, rhythmically
driven - Euph solo 109 - excellent reading of the shape - great
low notes also.
3 - Fugue - real combat - technically easy and a well balanced
web of textures - roasting!
4 - Inventions - Flugel solo takes centre stage, not perfect tuning
sadly - and some individual slips - best intonation in full band
with mutes - however - the cornet soloist is first class - with
splendid range and no sense of strain - a joy to hear at 11.30 at
5. Fugue 2 - odd slips in a fine reading - I - some balance problems
between sop (mute) and flugel - but from V this is back to its former
excellence - trombones esp.
A really fine reading - some small things in the central sections
- but a performance of real distinction. Thank You.
Second Place: Thomas Coaches Mid Rhondda
Good start but rhythms not quite accurate (trom motif). Cultured
playing from B - Neat articulate basses around 90. Very good euph
solo - so detailed. Excellent cornet lines in 3 - but do watch balance.
Fine soprano here. Occasional glitches do appear - but not to detract
from an exciting performance so far. 4 - Excellent flugel solo.
But there are intonation lapses from within the band and some lack
of momentum! "Moody" solo cornet just the right style.
Delightful solo at 5 Well done!
You slightly abuse the marked dynamics in G are paying dividends
in terms of sound qualities. Excellent direction here.
Solid bass trombone solo. Such style. Fine percussion! Some looseness
around A1. But then a splendid conclusion.
As you will see from my comments - this really impressed! Congratulations!.
1 and 2. Trombones - strong musical impulse - take care of "sharp"
rhythm. Turbulence - plenty of contrasts here and a strong forward
drive - some excellent pianissiomo playing - some minor slips at
96 but a fine euph solo at 109 and good band textures in the subsequent
3 - Fugue. Mature approach - neat and accurate rather than wild
and a good build to a ringing ending.
4. Inventions - Good reading - many layers of sound - and well
led by the flugel - slight tuning problems in 289 - 298 - better
5. Cantileva - A really classy soloist - plenty of capacity to
sustain this very long phrase
6. Fugue 2 - Splendid use of balance - receding masterfully when
not in profile - Great accel and cresc - strong solos - (bass trom
and friend?) but well disciplined reading - and a spectacular Finale
Third Place: St. Austell
Maybe more ff in intro? I'm seeking articulate slurs. 2 - just
lacked some precision and clarity. Nice flugel in B. Good percusssion.
Occasional glitch ie, bar before E. Secure euph solo - maybe more
pomposo though. Super dynamic contrast. Tidy rhythmic work from
L - generally!. An effective start if only lacking some consistency.
4 - Excellent flugel here - really secure and tasteful. Accompaniment
and subsidiary flugel all well played. This is exquisite playing.
Unlucky start from solo cornet at 312
5 - Some minor glitches in opening. Wll done solo cornet - most
expressive. 6 - Some insecurity sets in - certainly up to T. Well
controlled playing. Confident b from solo. Some minor balance and
detail lapses from 466 - Super conclusion.
A fine performance, with a special mention to your flugel and solo
cornet players. I loved the expressive playing in the slower sections
and the control elsewhere.
1 - Well done trombones - take care not to pulse the beats on
long notes. 2 - Cornet "web" - convincing style and big
style. B - good flugel and solo horn - nicely melodic. 79 - good
texture with sop/ basses - 109 - very good euph solo with plenty
of sound in reserve. H - Fugue - good control in the build up -
well done director.
3 - Fugue - Neat playing in cornets - xylo is very difficult here,
but need not be overprojected - excellent basses around here - well
4 - Inventions - Excellent texture - super flugel - and good bleak
atmosphere - good tuning in muted parts - a natural understanding
of this passage.
5 - Cantileva - The heart of the piece - and it grows naturally
out of the absence of music beforehand - good solos - all (?) of
6 - Fugue 2 - starts well becomes less secure, recovers well -
and V - Finale is excellent. Good troms throughout (bass esp)
Generally a fine performance - excellent direction - some problems
with the section 4/6 - but something to be proud of - Thank You