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2013 4BR Awards — Contest Performance of the Year

Perhaps the most difficult of all the categories to choose the best from?

Which contest performance stood out for you in 2013 — and it may not have been a winner.

4barsrest awardsWith so many contests to choose from, which performances lingered longest in the memory banks?

There were some crackers in 2013 - many of which were just as good as if not better than the five we have come up with.

Cast your minds back to the Areas where a couple of real bobby dazzlers won through, the Europeans, the various European contests from Holland and Belgium to Switzerland and Sweden, World Championship, Australia, North America, New Zealand, National Youth Championships...

The list is endless and personal, so make your own pick...

Go to Voting:
http://www.4barsrest.com/awards/default.asp


Black Dyke

Black Dyke 
Conductor: Dr Nicholas Childs
Revelation (Philip Wilby)
Own Choice: English National Championship
 

In a year in which the Queensbury band rather faltered on the contest stage, this reminded everyone that they could still produce a world class performance against any opposition.

It was a fabulous rendition and interpretation - full of drama, pathos, juggernaut technique and a sound that almost took the roof off the excellent Elgar Concert Hall at the University of Birmingham.

Black Dyke gave the much maligned English National Championship a memorable musical send off.


CoryCory
Conductor: Philip Harper
Of Distant Memories – Music in an Olden Style
National Championship of Great Britain

Cory had to pull something special out of the hat at the Albert Hall to deny their resurgent Welsh rivals the opportunity of making it a Tredegar ‘Double’ – and they did that and more with this stunning display.

Philip Harper matched the lyrical and the technical to perfection, and his players responded magnificently, playing out of their collective skins.   It was a tour de force. 

13 years of Kensington hurt had come to a glorious end.


EikangerEikanger Bjorsvik 
Myth Forest (Stig Nordhagen)
Conductor: Prof David King
Set Work: European Championship
  

The only performance not to ‘win’ this year (it was placed second in the set work discipline in Oslo) -but what does that matter when you get to hear playing of such ethereal beauty.

The composer’s austere, melancholic work was deeply engrossing, touching on aspects of recall and memory surrounding the story of the drowning of a horse in frozen lake.

David King and his band produced a performance that sent a shiver down the collective spine - capturing a magical air of dark mystery in the process.


Manger

Manger Musikklag
Conductor: Peter Sebastian Szilvay
Cantigas (Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen)
Own Choice: Norwegian National Championship

A performance of the rarest brilliance on a work that sucked you into its grasp from the word go.

This was Manger at its best – bold, fearless, risky and engrossing, led by an MD who moulded a performance that captured your imagination. The central section was a thing of beauty. 

By it close it was like listening to a musical version of those Russian Dolls being opened in turn to reveal yet more layers of delightful craftsmanship in smaller and smaller detail.


band logoTredegar
Conductor: Ian Porthouse
Arabian Nights – Fantasy on Rimsky Korsakov’s Scheherazade for Brass Band
Stephen Roberts
British Open Championship

A simply stunning winning performance from a band that came to the contest with pressure heaped upon their shoulders.

This was a brilliant character portrait that combined erotic sensuality with spiteful venom, locked together in a free flowing interpretation which was delivered in quite startling  fashion by a musical combination that simply bought into the music lock stock and two smoking barrels.

It brought the composer to tears of joy in the box – and the band shed quite a few in their celebrations afterwards too. 



Black Dyke Band - Sheffield Citadel Salavation Army

Thursday 21 November • 12 Psalter Lane, Sheffield S11 8YN


Regent Hall Concerts - Symphonic Brass Ensemble of the Band of the Royal

Friday 22 November • Regent Hall (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street Opp. RESERVED. London . W1C 2DJ W1C 2DJ


Derwent Brass - Southwell Choral Society

Saturday 23 November • Southwell Minster, Church St, Southwell, Nottingham NG25 0HD


Woodfalls Band - Salisbury Chamber Chorus

Saturday 23 November • St Thomas Church St Thomas's Sq, SP1 1BA Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 1BA


Kettering Citadel S A Band - International Staff Band of the Salvation Army

Saturday 23 November • The Salvation Army,. 66, Rockingham Road,. Kettering, Northamptonshire NN16 8JU


Ibstock Brick Brass

November 18 • Ibstock Brick Brass are looking for cornet players to join their line up going into contest season. Position negotiable. Based in Coalville, Ibstock rehearsal on a Monday and Thursday Night.


Ascot Brass

November 18 • Principle trombone and Solo Horn required. Ascot Brass is a progressive friendly non contesting band rehearing Monday evenings in Maidenhead Berkshire. Details of the band can be found on our web site www.ascotrass.org.uk


Fishburn band

November 18 • We presently have a position for a Bb bass player and a Bass trombone. Friendly band with own band room close to the A1 motorway, junction 60 or 61 and handy for A19 Teeside. If you are looking to progress with your playing then get in touch.


Mike Sheppard

B.A. (Hons) Music
Composer, conductor, teacher, author


               

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