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2018 Yorkshire Regional Championships
As it happened

All the action from the 2018 Yorkshire Regional Championships — As it happened.

Sunday 4, 20:29:31

Yorkshire Championship:

Triumphant Black Dyke round off a terrific weekend in Huddersfield

That's it from the 2018 Yorkshire Regional Championships — and a terrific event it was too.

All the plaudits will go to the winners and qualifiers of course, but there must be a very special thank you to Peggy Tomlinson and her wonderful team who took the brave decision not to give in to the terrible weather.

Not even the worst mother nature can come up with cannot defeat Peggy!

Congratulations to all the bands in fact for their splendid efforts in getting to the event and for providing wonderful entertainment. It's been great — all topped off by a thrilling Championship Section contest.

Only six more contests to go now...


Sunday 4, 19:55:55

Result:

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David Hirst receives the trophy from adjudicator Arsene Duc

Championship Section:

Adjudicators: Robert Childs and Arsene Duc

1. Black Dyke (Prof. Nicholas Childs)*
2. Brighouse & Rastrick (Prof. David King)**
3. Grimethorpe Colliery (Allan Withington)*
4. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery (Ian Porthouse)
5. Rothwell Temperance (David Roberts)
6. Hepworth (Leigh Baker)
7. Hammonds Saltaire (Morgan Griffiths)
8. Elland Silver (Daniel Brooks)
9. City of Bradford (Lee Skipsey)
10. Yorkshire Imperial Urquhart Travel (Russell Gray)
11. Unite the Union (John Roberts)
12. Marsden Silver (Mark Peacock)
13. Hatfield (Stan Lippeatt)

*Qualify for National Final
**Pre-qualified for National Final

Best Instrumentalist: Shaun Crowther (Eb tuba) — Grimethorpe Colliery
Best Principal Cornet: Richard Marshall (Black Dyke)
Best Soloist: Kirsty Abbotts, cornet (Carlton Main Frickley)
Youngest Player: Lewis Barton (aged 12) — Elland Silver



Sunday 4, 19:41:11

Championship Section:

Malcolm Wood's final round up and prediction...

What a truly thrilling contest this has been.

Three performances stood out for us and there is a persuasive argument for any one of them winning. One very high class performance will miss out though—and that is almost cruel.

Black Dyke was back to its very best with Prof Childs and they will surely feature, but the two that got everyone talking came from Carlton Main Frickley and Brighouse & Rastrick.

Grimethorpe are within touching distance but could just miss out despite giving a wonderfully structured account.

Rothwell gave everything as they always do whilst Hepworth may surprise even these bands. Our dark horse is City of Bradford—so you never know…

4BR prediction:

1. Black Dyke
2. Carlton Main Frickley
3. Brighouse & Rastrick
4. Grimethorpe Colliery
5. Rothwell Temperance
6. Hepworth

Dark Horse: City of Bradford


Sunday 4, 19:29:54

Championship Section:

13. Unite the Union (John Roberts)

The last band of what has been a thrilling contest ends things with a touch of Yorkshire sensibility just in case anyone starts to get too excited and become a tad Lancastrian...

John Roberts used all his nous and experience here to draw out a well-structured account that didn’t come with any unnecessary distractions; tempos were well chosen, dynamics relevant and had an apex topped by a sweet sop.

It could have perhaps benefitted from an extra touch of devilment on its way to salvation, but too far off the beaten track on this tricky, bitty piece, and all hell could have broken loose…

This was solid stuff, especially in the lyrical interlude, whilst there was something in reserve to push through to a bold finish of triumphalism that wasn’t out of place with what went on before or in the contest as a whole.

Top 3:

1. Black Dyke
2. Carlton Main Frickley
3. Brighouse & Rastrick


Sunday 4, 19:15:24

Championship Section:

12. Elland Silver (Daniel Brooks)

Elland has experienced their own journey from darkness to light in competitive terms over the last few years at this contest (they won the Third Section in 2012), and this performance was a splendid affirmation of their top section Yorkshire credentials.

A super effort from everyone around the stands, and especially the MD who didn’t skimp on the dynamics or the tempos: There was a real briskness to the ‘flying’ section and the funnels were emptied with warm tonality when required too.

The lack of precise inner detail was a little too obvious in places, and it just got a little strained in lead lines, but it never got raucous and the musicality was splendidly sought by an MD who was close to exhaustion at the close after investing so much in a performance of substantial merit from everyone concerned.

A triumph in its own way that and by no means out of place in this exalted company.

Top 3:

1. Black Dyke
2. Carlton Main Frickley
3. Brighouse & Rastrick

To come:

13. Unite the Union (John Roberts)


Sunday 4, 18:59:23

Championship Section:

11. Grimethorpe Colliery (Allan Withington)

The question before a note was blown by Grimethorpe here was whether or not they had the desire as well as the quality to return to the Albert Hall for just the fourth time in the last decade and for the first time since 2015?

The appointment of Allan Withington told you all you needed to know about the first point, but just a few slips and a little discomfort against what has been some truly inspired playing from their nearest rivals may see them miss out again.

It was a lovely reading of the score by the MD—mixing raw human endeavour with a touch of ethereal beauty; always drawing you close to the musical core without losing itself in non-essential filigree detail.

Those little moments though just smudged the focus whilst the final section did threaten to take the roof off the hall. Splendidly set out and inspired, but will that be enough today? May just miss out by a smidgen.

Top 3:

1. Black Dyke
2. Carlton Main Frickley
3. Brighouse & Rastrick

To come:

12. Elland Silver (Daniel Brooks)
13. Unite the Union (John Roberts)


Sunday 4, 18:40:04

Championship Section:

10. Hammonds Saltaire (Morgan Griffiths)

A sensible, tempered approach by MD Morgan Griffiths gave this a persuasive sense of musical travel — not the paciest when 'flying' and neither the slowest in the contrasting section, but still always moving in the right direction.

The solid ensemble work was comfortably and warmly balanced, but it needed a little more contrast to really come to vibrant life. Maybe it was just a little too cautious in places. The lyrical section was so well handled though — topped by a cultured solo cornet, and the final quarter knew its final destination but wasn't in a rush to get there.

When it did the band blossomed in sound, but you were left wondering if it was just a little too late to finally break the self imposed shackles to gain qualification salvation.

Top 3:

1. Black Dyke
2. Carlton Main Frickley
3. Brighouse & Rastrick

To come:

11. Grimethorpe Colliery (Allan Withington)
12. Elland Silver (Daniel Brooks)
13. Unite the Union (John Roberts)


Sunday 4, 18:25:10

Championship Section:

9. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery (Ian Porthouse)

The Yorkshire band has had more conductors to take them to this contest than Chelsea have had managers its seems. Ian Porthouse is the fourth MD in the last four years, but you could immediately hear why he was picked.

The familiar Porthouse hallmarks of clarity and detail were exemplary, as was the pacing and dynamic choices. This was as clean as a nun's conscious in the journey from earth to heaven — with a central section of such lyrical beauty led by Kirsty Abbotts.

There is no let up either — playing of such character, style, passion and drive, all with a polished sheen of warmth and transparency.

The climax is a triumphant moment of salvation that brings applause that could be heard in Halifax. Bravo — right in the very top end mix that for the title.

Top 3:

1. Black Dyke
2. Carlton Main Frickley
3. Brighouse & Rastrick

To come:

10. Hammonds Saltaire (Morgan Griffiths)
11. Grimethorpe Colliery (Allan Withington)
12. Elland Silver (Daniel Brooks)
13. Unite the Union (John Roberts)


Sunday 4, 18:07:42

Championship Seciton:

8. Brighouse & Rastrick (Prof. David King)

There was such a seriously engrossing intent about this performance that it almost caught everyone by surprise: Even the sight of yellow post-it notes on the score spoke of the forensic appreciation of its innermost workings by Prof King.

What we got was an 'Odyssey' of epic sweep and vision — a journey from darkness to light that seemed to be instilled in the texture of the band's tonality.

How the MD managed that will take some working out — but it was glorious stuff. There was a limpid, beautiful passion about the lyrical section; played with touching simplicity but also such well defined phrasing and layered dynamics. Just the odd moment of tension opened a wide eye of surprise.

The final quarter was a band in overdrive mode — all controlled by the MD with time on his hands to make the subtlest of tempered changes in pace and colour. The triumphant climax was that and more — much, much more. Phew!

Top 3:

1. Black Dyke
2. Brighouse & Rastrick
3. Rothwell Temerance

To come:

9. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery (Ian Porthouse)
10. Hammonds Saltaire (Morgan Griffiths)
11. Grimethorpe Colliery (Allan Withington)
12. Elland Silver (Daniel Brooks)
13. Unite the Union (John Roberts)


Sunday 4, 17:39:55

Championship Section:

Malcolm Wood's halfway opinion and prediction

A thrilling contest is brewing up here.

Black Dyke’s virtuoso performance leads the way for us, but Rothwell was splendid and Hepworth gave us something a bit different that may well appeal in the box.

One observation though is that the top end of the dynamic spectrum is more than a touch hurtful on the ears—and taking 10% off may pay dividends.

Black Dyke lead from Rothwell and then nothing more than a damp fag paper between Hepworth and City of Bradford for us.

Top 3:

1. Black Dyke
2. Rothwell Temperance
3. Hepworth


Sunday 4, 17:33:23

Championship Section:

7. Rothwell Temperance (David Roberts)

Dave Roberts and his band wear their artisan badge of contesting musicality with pride — and you heard why here.

You can almost see, let alone hear how this performance was put together; all well oiled innards, immovable stanchions of tempo and dynamic and rock solid solo lines, all topped off with a no-nonsense Brasso polish finish by the MD.

What it lacked in a bit of nuanced inspiration it more than made up in high class perspiration — great purpose, clarity and drive balanced by a well judged lyrical section that flowed but never meandered and was topped by sensitive soloists.

The finale quarter was excellent — opening up the cylinders for a rousingly triumphant close. A very fine show that — and one to ponder for the judges.

Top 3:

1. Black Dyke
2. Rothwell Temperance
3. Hepworth

To come:

8. Brighouse & Rastrick (Prof. David King)
9. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery (Ian Porthouse)
10. Hammonds Saltaire (Morgan Griffiths)
11. Grimethorpe Colliery (Allan Withington)
12. Elland Silver (Daniel Brooks)
13. Unite the Union (John Roberts)


Sunday 4, 17:14:48

Championship Section:

6. Hepworth (Leigh Baker)

There was much to admire about Hepworth’s performance here last year that didn’t gain the reward it perhaps deserved, and once again Leigh Baker brings a touch of subtle nuance and tasteful refinement to his reading. Perhaps he’ll get the birthday treat that he’s hoping for.

Once more this was about solid virtues delivered with warmth and chamfered moulding to the phrasing; nothing edgy or strident. There was the odd moment or two when it just wobbled like a Mary Berry jelly, but it was also so appealing: Calm and lustrous in the lyrical interlude, busy but not frenetic in the flying section and the closing quarter.

Even the triumphant ending, which got a tad ripe was done in the best possible taste. Nice that, very nice indeed.

Top 3:

1. Black Dyke
2. Hepworth
3. City of Bradford

To come:

7. Rothwell Temperance (David Roberts)
8. Brighouse & Rastrick (Prof. David King)
9. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery (Ian Porthouse)
10. Hammonds Saltaire (Morgan Griffiths)
11. Grimethorpe Colliery (Allan Withington)
12. Elland Silver (Daniel Brooks)
13. Unite the Union (John Roberts)


Sunday 4, 16:50:08

Championship Section:

5. Black Dyke (Prof. Nicholas Childs)

My word that shoved a size 9 Queensbury boot right on the throats of their rivals.

You sensed the air of focused determination as soon as the MD strode onto the stage—and he didn’t let it go until the last note rang out either. There were strands of his musical DNA reaching out to each and every one of his players.

The interpretative blueprint he showcased in Blackpool came with a colour palette of brilliance here in all shades and textures; fantastic clarity and detail, despite some tempos that almost changed by the bar.

It hit Mach 2 Concorde speed in ‘flying’ mode but then had a touching languid simplicity in the lyrical section. The final quarter was tour-de-force stuff — stunning ensemble work and then a triumphant climax that was x-rated in its intensity.

Black Dyke and their MD back at their very best there. Those potential title winning boot marks will take some shifting.

To come:

6. Hepworth (Leigh Baker)
7. Rothwell Temperance (David Roberts)
8. Brighouse & Rastrick (Prof. David King)
9. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery (Ian Porthouse)
10. Hammonds Saltaire (Morgan Griffiths)
11. Grimethorpe Colliery (Allan Withington)
12. Elland Silver (Daniel Brooks)
13. Unite the Union (John Roberts)

Top 3:

1. Black Dyke
2. City of Bradford
3. Yorkshire Imps


Sunday 4, 16:35:48

Championship Section:

4. Yorkshire Imperial Urquhart Travel (Russell Gray)

If there was a prize for the most insightful interpretation of the contest then you would be hard pressed to find a conductor to beat Russell Gray.

Once again he paced and phrased this like Lester Piggott used to do in winning the Derby — despite being on a 40-1 outsider that couldn't quite fully delivery on his intentions.

Some lovely touches around the stands (even the cornet solo splicing was tasteful), but there was also some broad brush-stroke ensemble work evident that lacked the nuts and bolts of contest detail and contrast: It just lost a touch of focus despite the MD searching for the musical nuance.

The final section just got fruity dynamically, losing warmth, but it closed a fine interpretation of a troublingly bitty score in some style.

To come:

5. Black Dyke (Prof. Nicholas Childs)
6. Hepworth (Leigh Baker)
7. Rothwell Temperance (David Roberts)
8. Brighouse & Rastrick (Prof. David King)
9. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery (Ian Porthouse)
10. Hammonds Saltaire (Morgan Griffiths)
11. Grimethorpe Colliery (Allan Withington)
12. Elland Silver (Daniel Brooks)
13. Unite the Union (John Roberts)

Top 3:

1. City of Bradford
2. Yorkshire Imps
3. Hatfield


Sunday 4, 16:13:43

Championship Section

3. Hatfield (Stan Lippeatt)

The ground work put in by Hatfield a few weeks ago for the Brass at the Guild contest paid dividends here as the basic foundation structures had depth and solidity (Stan Lippeatt's score is the size of an old architect's blueprint).

It was the top dressing where the quality wasn't as stable though — despite the MD allowing the music time to find a comfortable flow at both ends of the metronome rev counter. Bravo to the solo cornet and euph in particular in the lyrical interlude — almost vocal in style and phrasing.

It got untidy and a little tired in the final section however — driven but slightly frenetic, but there was enough juice in the tank for a boldly portrayed ending of triumph to capture a respectful show of appreciation from the audience.

To come:

4. Yorkshire Imperial Urquhart Travel (Russell Gray)
5. Black Dyke (Prof. Nicholas Childs)
6. Hepworth (Leigh Baker)
7. Rothwell Temperance (David Roberts)
8. Brighouse & Rastrick (Prof. David King)
9. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery (Ian Porthouse)
10. Hammonds Saltaire (Morgan Griffiths)
11. Grimethorpe Colliery (Allan Withington)
12. Elland Silver (Daniel Brooks)
13. Unite the Union (John Roberts)


Sunday 4, 15:54:07

Championship Section:

2. Marsden Silver (Mark Peacock)

A noticeably different stylistic approach from promoted Marsden—although not short of confidence either with Mark Peacock seemingly driven by a Duracell battery or two.

There was an artisan sense of practicality about this from the word go — intelligently so from the MD in terms of tempo and dynamics — comfortable on both counts. The little errors had a damaging edge to them at times and it just lost a touch of clarity in places.

Bravo to the solo cornet—an old hand at this sort of thing and the confidence did flood back for the ride for home taken at a fair crack of the whip. Just a touch ripe to close, but that was a ballsy show from Marsden—much appreciated by the audience.

To come:

3. Hatfield (Stan Lippeatt)
4. Yorkshire Imperial Urquhart Travel (Russell Gray)
5. Black Dyke (Prof. Nicholas Childs)
6. Hepworth (Leigh Baker)
7. Rothwell Temperance (David Roberts)
8. Brighouse & Rastrick (Prof. David King)
9. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery (Ian Porthouse)
10. Hammonds Saltaire (Morgan Griffiths)
11. Grimethorpe Colliery (Allan Withington)
12. Elland Silver (Daniel Brooks)
13. Unite the Union (John Roberts)


Sunday 4, 15:37:46

Championship Section:

1. City of Bradford (Lee Skipsey)

You cannot help but admire the sheer hutzpah of Lee Skipsey—striding onto the stage with the charisma dial turned up to 11 and exuding an infectious confidence that may need some people close by in the audience having to phone the NHS help line for an antidote.

It’s a completely different level of performance to what we heard from them in Preston a few weeks ago—although still a touch quirky and idiosyncratic (sop seems to have welded his lead pipe in place too!). Little gremlins appeared to take a bit of gloss off but what a warm band sound and the pacing of the music was so well done in the lyrical section.

When it needed the energy it was Red Bull stuff and it all came to a pretty triumphant end. The groupies cheered loudest of course but there was a genuine appreciation too from even the flintiest of flint hearted rivals. A good marker that.

To come...

2. Marsden Silver (Mark Peacock)
3. Hatfield (Stan Lippeatt)
4. Yorkshire Imperial Urquhart Travel (Russell Gray)
5. Black Dyke (Prof. Nicholas Childs)
6. Hepworth (Leigh Baker)
7. Rothwell Temperance (David Roberts)
8. Brighouse & Rastrick (Prof. David King)
9. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery (Ian Porthouse)
10. Hammonds Saltaire (Morgan Griffiths)
11. Grimethorpe Colliery (Allan Withington)
12. Elland Silver (Daniel Brooks)


Sunday 4, 15:22:53

Championship Section:

All the waiting is over...

Its the big one. Lots of reputations on the line here today. Can Black Dyke return to the type of title winning form that so marked their victory here last year before the wheels came off?

Will a pre-qualified Brighouse be inspired under David King and can Grimethorpe roll back the years to get back to the Albert Hall?

Will Rothwell get a bit of luck at last or will Carlton Main triumph again? And what about another surprise result like last year?

It's now or never then...


Sunday 4, 15:08:51

Draw:

Championship Section:

Adjudicators: Robert Childs and Arsene Duc

1. City of Bradford (Lee Skipsey)
2. Marsden Silver (Mark Peacock)
3. Hatfield (Stan Lippeatt)
4. Yorkshire Imperial Urquhart Travel (Russell Gray)
5. Black Dyke (Prof. Nicholas Childs)
6. Hepworth (Leigh Baker)
7. Rothwell Temperance (David Roberts)
8. Brighouse & Rastrick (Prof. David King)
9. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery (Ian Porthouse)
10. Hammonds Saltaire (Morgan Griffiths)
11. Grimethorpe Colliery (Allan Withington)
12. Elland Silver (Daniel Brooks)
13. Unite the Union (John Roberts)


Sunday 4, 14:36:04

Championship Section:

Having a break

There is a break now until the Championship Section starts at around 3.15pm.

The draw will be posted on 4BR when the judges are in the box.


Sunday 4, 14:16:15

Result:

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First Section:

Adjudicators: John Doyle and Alan Morrison

1. Strata Brass (Jonathan Bates)*
2. Skelmanthorpe (Martin Heartfield)*
3. Stannington (Derek Renshaw)
4. Knottingley Silver (Kevin Belcher)
5. Wakefield Metropolitan (Richard Larder)
6. Drighlington (Tommy Tynan)
7. Lindley (Robert Westacott)
8. Hebden Bridge (David Hamilton)
9. Hade Edge (Jonathan Beatty)
10. Old Silkstone (Owen Wedgwood)
11. Skelmanthorpe Prospect (Philip Garlick)
12. Chapeltown Silver (Sam Fisher)

*Qualify for National Final

Best Euphonium: Elizabeth Wood (Knottingley Silver)
Best Soprano: Skelmanthorpe
Best Soloist: Horn (Strata Brass)
Youngest Player: Max Creese (aged 10) — Hebden Bridge



Sunday 4, 14:00:46

First Section:

Malcolm Wood's round up and prediction

A contest of two distinct halves in terms of qualification potential ' but there was something from all the bands that kept you engaged and interested.

Bravo to the MDs ' some very different musical approaches on show, but all persuasive in their own way on what has once again shown itself to be a stern test of potential Championship Section aspirations.

A very tough one to call ' and it may be consistency rather than occasionally excellence that wins through.

Malcolm Wood's prediction:

1. Lindley
2. Stannington
3. Knottingley
4. Drighlington
5. Skelmanthorpe
6. Hade Edge


Sunday 4, 13:55:52

First Section:

Rising stars show ample future promise

A pair of rising conducting stars keen to make their competitive mark round off the contest.

It’s been interesting to hear what Jonathan Bates brings out of another composer’s score — and you have to say he did a fine job. It was a well thought out reading — nothing over done or over emphasised — just free flowing musicality. A pity about the high unforced errors and a few wobbly moments.

Tommy Tynan and Drighlington closed the contest off with such a confident approach—led by the MD who conducted without a score. He knew his stuff from playing with the triumphant Oldham (Lees) last week—and it was an interpretation that followed the same structural path.

Lots of clarity and detail if a little inconsistent in execution—it was a very engaging approach from start to finish. May make a mark you never know.


Sunday 4, 13:23:08

The north/south divide expressed in biscuits and tea...

Not all eyes are on Yorkshire around the banding country at the moment as those preparing for the tests ahead at Bedworth, Perth, Torquay, Swansea, Durham and Stevenage head to their bandrooms for long rehearsals...

It seems there may be a noticeable difference in the shopping habits of bands south of the Watford gap though when it comes to tea time nibbles — not a single Lidl own brand item here at Regent Brass.

Twinings tea, McVitie’s Hobnobs, lactose free milk and Bourbon cream biscuits. Even the hot chocolate comes from Sainsbury.

Posh banding that...



Sunday 4, 13:19:10

First Section:

Experience counts...

Phil Garlick is an experienced campaigner and he brought all of that to bear with Skelmanthorpe Prospect with a carefully considered approach that was compact and coherent and never took unnecessary risks. It meant it lacked distinctive contrast in tempi and dynamics, but there was a confidence about the solo and ensemble playing. Did its job that — nothing more nothing less.

David Hamilton uses his noggin expertly too with Hebden Bridge — ensuring that the performance was tailored to expectations and strengths.

At times it was a little inconsistent by the MD always encouraged the music to flow and the players to express themselves—led by a super horn. Had something left for a fine finish to round off a hard shift well led.

Top 3:

Lindley
Stannington
Knottingley


Sunday 4, 12:55:52

First Section:

No clear favourites then it seems...



Sunday 4, 12:42:40

First Section:

Different takes on the question of change..

A well directed take on the metamorphosis theme by Sam Fisher and Chapeltown Silver — neatly constructed especially in terms of pace, even if it could perhaps have had a little more dynamic contrast.

Just lost a little confidence in places but the MD cajoled his troops so well — and they responded too — led by a stylish principal cornet to close with a bold sense of controlled purpose.

Meanwhile, Old Silkstone (Dr. Owen Wedgwood) certainly showed that you can interpret change in completely different ways, with the more lyrical aspects brought to the fore. Not as secure as rivals perhaps in terms of execution, but an engaging performance (a fine flugel a lovely focal point) that kept your interest right to the close.

Top 3:

1. Lindley
2. Stannington
3. Knottingley


Sunday 4, 12:15:36

First Section:

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The ultimate metamorphosis...

For those of you who really want to find out what the ultimate stage metamorphosis is like, then why not read 'Die Verwandlung' by Franz Kafka — published just over 100 years ago.

Forget the five note cell by Curnow and just imagine waking up on Sunday morning after a hard days work as a travelling salesman to find you have been transformed into a giant insect.

Unlike the conclusion to this contest which will see a happy ending for at least two competing bands, the protagonist in the story ends up dead.

Cheery chap old Kafka...


Sunday 4, 12:05:58

First Section:

Malcolm Wood's halfway thoughts and opinions

It’s been an enjoyable contest on what is obviously a stern test for the competing bands here today—much like Blackpool in fact.

You may want to bet a pound on hearing the word ‘consistency’ being made a few times come the results. It could be the key to success. Nobody has sealed their place at Cheltenham yet that’s for certain.

Top 3:

1. Lindley
2. Stannington
3. Knottingley Silver


Sunday 4, 12:02:14

First Section:

Contrasts bring first half to a close

Another brace of contrasting takes on the musical metamorphosis process of gaining a qualification place for Cheltenham.

Skelmanthorpe (Martin Heartfield) dug deep into their reserves for their take — with confident soloists (what a fine sop player) and a marked sense of development about the music. Not everything came off though — and a question about the pacing in places which certainly made for excitement but perhaps at the cost of clarity.

Meanwhile, Wakefield Metropolitan (Richard Larder) brings the first half to a close with a rather more cautious approach—but nonetheless still one of merit. Had its moments of obvious unease, but there was a real spirit about the playing and so much endeavour too in both the main solo lines and ensemble.

Not quite at the top end but a solid effort.


Sunday 4, 11:30:25

Never mind Willy Wonka...

These are the type of Golden tickets people have been wanting to get their hands on...



Sunday 4, 11:22:39

First Section:

Good shows on display

Stannington became the latest band to produce a fine, well measured account of the Curnow work.

The variations linked neatly together and there were plenty of good solo contributions. There was a seam of confidence running through this from start to finish.

Full marks also go to the young guns of Hade Edge who battled hard on a work that tested them. They never gave in at all, and it was great to see one of banding's longest serving soprano players, Brian Taylor, still loving every second of performing on stage — even in his 70s.

Top 3:

1. Lindley
2. Stannington
3. Knottingley Silver


Sunday 4, 10:46:40

First Section:

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Up periscope....

We've had two very interesting accounts of 'Brass Metamorphosis' in Huddersfield this morning.

Knottingley drew first and delivered a purposeful reading where some of the variations linked together better than others. They give it their best shot off the number 1 draw there — perhaps knowing the odds may be against them?

Lindley's MD Rob Westacott sought a very considered reading that brought the character and music out of the score. It wasn't perfect by any means, but there was much in the detail and the approach to appreciate.

Special mention to the band's nipper of a percussionist (above) who looked like he was watching the MD through a old fashioned World War 1 periscope — but it was a wooden bell tree stand! Bravo though — what a cracking player!

Early runners:

1. Lindley
2. Knottingley Silver


Sunday 4, 10:04:21

First Section:

Off we go....

So here goes then, grab your programmes, visit the trade stands and enjoy yourselves.
Good luck all.


Sunday 4, 09:47:46

First Section:

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Hopefully a quick pace over the high hurdles...

Lots to look forward to today here in Huddersfield — although we do hope the First Section contest won't run over time as it did in Blackpool.

Twelve well match bands here all trying to get to Cheltenham on a test piece that certainly has enough Gold Cup standard high hurdles for both soloists and ensemble to overcome.

Should make for an interesting contest for both listeners and judges alike then...

We are under starters orders with the action starting at 10.00am.


Sunday 4, 09:42:17

Draw:

First Section:

Sunday 4th March
Adjudicators: John Doyle and Alan Morrison
Commences: 10.00am

1. Knottingley Silver (Kevin Belcher)
2. Lindley (Robert Westacott)
3. Stannington (Derek Renshaw)
4. Hade Edge (Jonathan Beatty)
5. Skelmanthorpe (Martin Heartfield)
6. Wakefield Metropolitan (Richard Larder)
7. Chapeltown Silver (Sam Fisher)
8. Old Silkstone (Owen Wedgwood)
9. Skelmanthorpe Prospect (Philip Garlick)
10. Hebden Bridge (David Hamilton)
11. Strata (Jonathan Bates)
12. Drighlington (Tommy Tynan)


Sunday 4, 09:05:51

Morning from Huddersfield

All set for a great day

Good morning from a cold, foggy Huddersfield where the only signs of life outdoors are the council workers, cleaning the roads.

The First Section bands will have been up bright and early though. The draw took place at 8am and we start at 10am. We will post the draw once the judges go in the box around 9.45am.

Till then, it's time for a cup of Yorkshire Tea and a bit of breakfast. See you in a bit...


Saturday 3, 20:40:11

That's it for today...

That's all from Huddersfield Town Hall for today — and its been a great day of competitive action in all three sections.

Congratulations to the winners and the qualifiers who will represent Yorkshire with pride — and will be serious contenders for further honours — and a huge thank you and congratulations to Peggy Tomlinson and her team who have run a great event today despite all those worries with the weather.

All that and it all starts again tomorrow morning...


Saturday 3, 20:24:12

Result:

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Second Section:

Adjudicators: John Doyle and Arsene Duc

1. Crofton Silver (Dean Jones)*
2. South Yorkshire Police (Jack Capstaff)*
3. Horbury Victoria (Duncan Beckley)
4. Slaithwaite (Ryan Watkins)
5. Worsbrough Brass (John Hopkinson)
6. Meltham & Meltham Mills (Tim Sidwell)
7. Clifton & Lightcliffe (John Clay)
8. BD1 Brass (Lee Skipsey)
9. Kippax (Ian Knapton)

*Qualify for National Final

Best Soloist: Euphonium (Crofton Silver)
Youngest Player: Harry Molsen (aged 11) — Worsbrough Brass


Saturday 3, 20:00:22

Second Section:

Malcolm Wood's final thoughts and prediction

First of all, congratulations to the composer, Jonathan Bates who has been here today listening to what has been a very fine test at this level. Well done to the Music Panel for picking it too! Don't be surprised if it's heard elsewhere in the contesting world soon.

Lots of bands have fully engaged the spirit of the piece, and the quality at the top end was a real joy.

If we hear any performances of that level in the remaining six contests over the next couple of weekends, we can consider ourselves fortunate.

Only two bands go to Cheltenham and it could be any two of three or even four — with strong arguments for each.

4BR Prediction:

1. Crofton Silver
2. BD1 Brass
3. Slaithwaite
4. Horbury Victoria
5. South Yorkshire Police
6. Meltham & Meltham Mills

And what does the composer think?



Saturday 3, 19:45:23

Second Section:

Final band of a great day

Kippax Band with none other than the great Alan Morrison in the cornet ranks is bringing the contest and day one at Huddersfield to a close. Can they give us a final flourish to get to Cheltenham?

Not quite, but a fine effort.


Saturday 3, 19:42:30

Second Section

You never know....

We have heard some fine playing today and looking at the order at the end could make for interesting reading.

Worsbrough Brass got the spirit and style of the piece, but it just needed a little more clarity and impact to make an impression on us and perhaps in the box — but you never know....

Horbury Victoria was typical Duncan Beckley: passionate, committed and a stickler for detail. It was one of those accounts that impressed you with all the basics in the right place. As contest performances go — you cant ask for much more than that.

Our top three remains the same though...

Top 3:

1. Crofton Silver
2. BD1 Brass
3. Slaithwaite


Saturday 3, 19:26:40

Second Section

The Bates opinion



Saturday 3, 19:08:36

Second Section:

Just like watching David King...

Six down and what fun it was watching Ryan Watkins conduct Slaithwaite. Ryan is principal trombone at Brighouse & Rastrick and every note and gesture on show has been like being in the same band room as David King.

No show pony exhibition either as it paid great musical results: Slaithwaite really delivered the goods with lots of detail. The Celtic mood was expertly captured with some nice cornet work in the central section and an excellent close. One of those accounts that gets you pondering — a potential winner or just a qualifier?

South Yorkshire Police also rose to the challenge of the piece; delivering the musical spirit of each movement but perhaps not quite bang on the button today.

Top 3:

1. Crofton Silver
2. BD1 Brass
3. Slaithwaite


Saturday 3, 18:41:14

Second Section:

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When light was restored...

There was a real old ding dong argument about 'Ex Terra Lucem' in 2013 when the St Helen's Council was forced to restore the latin motto to its rightful place — woven as one person called it, into the DNA of the town on its official crest of arms...

What did the Romans do for us eh?

http://www.sthelensstar.co.uk/news/10363386.Ex_Terra_Lucem_restored_as_motto_of_St_Helens/


Saturday 3, 18:32:03

Second Section:

Bates' work keeps bringing out the quality

After two excellent opening accounts, we have had another that was an absolute joy to listen to from the first note until the last.

Third Section National Champion, BD1 Brass showed no fear with a rendition full of clarity and detail.

Lee Skipsey's structural approach was different with cornets and trombones stood, with the impact being very persuasive and almost startling at times. What the judges think of it remains to be seen, but there was no doubting the quality playing.

Clifton & Lightcliffe also delivered a performance with lots to appreciate, but it didn't quite have that extra layer of high polish sheen that the top two have had for us so far. An enjoyable take though..

Top 3:

1. Crofton Silver
2. BD1 Brass
3. Meltham & Meltham Mills


Saturday 3, 18:32:03

Second Section:

The opinion of the composer...




Saturday 3, 17:58:59

Second Section:

What a start

Well we've had a fabulous start to the Second Section here in Huddersfield.

Crofton's powerful account was razor sharp in execution with a cracking opening 'The Brigantes', that was drama packed, Celtic style. This was followed by a lovely interlude with a fine cornet lead that paid ample homage to Eric Ball and Arthur Bliss — all rounded off with the imposing title track 'From the Ground, Light...' to close.

It was the detail and clarity that stood out though and it was seriously impressive.

Meltham & Meltham Mills on the other end was a little more conservative in its approach but had lots to appreciate with its accuracy and precision — but it just felt a little two dimensional in comparison. Decent show though.

Crofton has given us a fine early marker.


Saturday 3, 17:21:09

Second Section

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Which two bands will have that musical lightbulb moment on 'Ex Terra Lucem' with the judges today...?

We will find out when it kicks off at around 5.30pm


Saturday 3, 17:15:47

Draw:

Second Section:

Saturday 3rd March
Adjudicators: John Doyle and Arsene Duc
Draw: 3.45pm
Commences: 5.30pm (approx)

1. Crofton Silver (Dean Jones)
2. Meltham & Meltham Mills (Tim Sidwell)
3. BD1 Brass (Lee Skipsey)
4. Clifton & Lightcliffe (John Clay)
5. Slaithwaite (Ryan Watkins)
6. South Yorkshire Police (Jack Capstaff)
7. Worsbrough Brass (John Hopkinson)
8. Horbury Victoria (Duncan Beckley)
9. Kippax (Ian Knapton)


Saturday 3, 17:00:37

Result:

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Third Section:

Adjudicators: Anne Crookston

1. Barnsley Brass (William Rushworth)*
2. Dronfield Genquip (Damian Wileman)*
3. Emley (Garry Hallas)
4. Rockingham (Adam Whittle)
5. Lofthouse 2000 (Andrew Whitaker)
6. Huddersfield & Ripponden (Adam Bell)
7. Wetherby Silver (Derek Wharley)
8. Dinnington Colliery (Lindon Bolt)
9. Barnsley Metropolitan (Alex Francis)
10. Oughtibridge (Gavin Somerset)
11. Dodworth Colliery M.W. (Eliot J Darwin)
12. Clifton & Lightcliffe 'B' (David Crisp)

* Qualify for National Final

Best Soloist: Solo cornet (Barnsley Brass)
Youngest Player: Skye Stokes (aged 8) — Oughtibridge


Saturday 3, 16:39:32

Third Section:

Malcolm Wood's round up and final prediction

Well now, just like Blackpool last weekend, the Third Section has proved to be a really enjoyable contest.

Philip Harper's 'Napoleon on the Alps' has certainly seen bands deliver some impressive accounts where they have brought the character as well as the detail out of the score.

Anne Crookston will know what she wants, but this may still have caused her some considerable thought for the qualification places.

Very close with nothing between two or three bands today

4BR Prediction:

1. Dronfield
2. Lofthouse 2000
3. Rockingham
4. Emley
5. Dinnington
6. Dodworth


Saturday 3, 16:33:57

Third Section:

Committed duo close contest ...

The contest has just concluded with two readings where nothing was left on stage.

Barnsley Brass were led by the passionate Billy Rushworth with a power-charged reading that perhaps didn't really come off. Dronfield with former Black Dyke bass player Damien Wileman were also totally committed, purposeful and going all out to bring character of the music to the fore.

Both will need a lie down after that, but you never know. It's going to be very close at the top and they may have put themselves right into contention.


Saturday 3, 16:00:43

Third Section:

A couple of contenders?

Now then as we push towards the contesting finishing line, a couple of accounts that could give judge Anne Crookston a bit of food for thought.

Lofthouse 2000 brought out the Napoleonic character and colour with fine detail from their rendition — and it could be all about personal preference in the box, nothing more. Different.

Rockingham set themselves up in an arched format, and produced a rendition that certainly ensured nothing wasn't left on stage. MD Adam Whittle certainly led his troops into battle by leading from the front and the different sound palette projected into the box could well pay dividends.

Very little in it as we head to the last two accounts.

Top 3:

1. Lofthouse 2000
2. Rockingham
3. Emley


Saturday 3, 15:21:56

Third Section:

Harper's opus remains a challenge

The second half of the contest has recommenced with two intriguing interpretations; both of which had a lot to admire in terms of the quality of the playing and approach. Clifton & Lightcliffe's also benefited from fine cornet work from John Clay. The late David Horsfield, who played with the band at this contest would have given his nod of approval for such a fine cornet voice.

Wetherby & District pushed themselves at times, but it tired a little at the end. Neither of the two bands though for us have pushed themselves into the top 3, so we remain with:

Top 3:

1. Emley
2. Dinnington
3. Dodworth


Saturday 3, 14:43:23

Third Section:

Halfway thoughts

It's been a really enjoy Napoleonic battle at the half way point with lots of bands bringing musical colour and character to Philip Harper's exciting work. As always putting it all together is as tricky as a battle plan for Waterloo and some have fared better than others with their approaches.

It's close at the top but we still think Emley has the edge...

Top 3:

1. Emley
2. Dinnington
3. Dodworth


Saturday 3, 14:39:12

Third Section:

Napoleon has its challenges...

Philip Harper's enjoyable work has just had two more contrasting readings — but its also proved that there are more than just the obvious traps in the score.

Oughtibridge certainly had a lot to commend with a 'less is more' account that needed a bit more dynamic contrast at times to perhaps tickle the fancy.

In contrast, Adam Bell certainly led Huddersfield & Ripponden on the charge with real musical purpose. The piece stretched them at times, but by heck, it didn't pull any punches.


Saturday 3, 14:11:26

Third Section:

Beware Lancashire, Yorkshire are on the march

Philip Harper's cinematic work is really helping the bands paint some vivid musical images here in Huddersfield. The bold, confident approaches sounded as though Yorkshire folk were on the march with Napoleon himself against some Lancastrian counterparts.

Dinnington's performance was vivid in colour, bright, purposeful and workmanlike, whilst Emley was a bold performance with loads of passion and desire and a great bit of cornet work.

Emley may have just nipped in the lead here with that fine one.

Top 3:

1. Emley
2. Dinnington
3. Barnsley Met


Saturday 3, 13:40:59

Third Section:

Purposeful openers...

We have two purposeful and bold renditions of Philip Harper's 'Napoleon on the Alps' which have certainly made an impression so far, bringing out the character of the work.

It could be too early to speak but the vibrant renditions from Dodworth and Barnsley Metropolitan bodes well for a competitive contest.

1. Dodworth
2. Barnsley Metropolitan


Saturday 3, 13:22:39

Third Section:

Hopefully the bands won't bite off too much today...



Saturday 3, 12:58:16

Draw:

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Third Section:

Saturday 3rd March
Adjudicators: Anne Crookston
Commences: 1.00pm (approx)

1. Barnsley Metropolitan (Alex Francis)
2. Dodworth Colliery M.W. (Eliot J Darwin)
3. Dinnington Colliery (Lindon Bolt)
4. Emley (Garry Hallas)
5. Oughtibridge (Gavin Somerset)
6. Huddersfield & Ripponden (Adam Bell)
7. Clifton & Lightcliffe 'B' (David Crisp)
8. Wetherby Silver (Derek Wharley)
9. Lofthouse 2000 (Andrew Whitaker)
10. Rockingham (Adam Whittle)
11. Barnsley Brass (William Rushworth)
12. Dronfield Genquip (Damian Wileman)


Saturday 3, 12:34:50

Result:

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Gawthorpe players warming up before they played
Copyright: Lorne Campbell

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Youngest player: Sam Thompson

Fourth Section:

Adjudicators: David Lancaster and Stan Lippeatt

1. Gawthorpe Brass '85' (John Edwards)*
2. Garforth (John Thompson)*
3. Armthorpe Elmfield (Haydn Griffiths MBE)
4. Loxley Silver (Lee Dunkley)
5. Maltby Miners (Terry Clifford)
6. Deepcar (Cathryn Rogers)
7. Linthwaite (Paul Kershaw)
8. Friendly Band (Sowerby Bridge) (Neil Robinson)
9. Thurcroft Welfare (Matthew Wright)
10. Tingley (John Belton)
11. Golcar (Peter Strawson)

* Qualify for National Final

Best Soloist: flugel (Gawthorpe Brass 85)
Best Percussion: Gawthorpe Brass 85
Youngest Player: Sam Thompson (aged 7) — Garforth


Saturday 3, 12:30:41

Fourth Section:

Malcolm Wood's round-up and final prediction...

The bands have certainly enjoyed their World Tour this morning, even if they’ve had to add a diversion or two to get here themselves. Bravo to all of them and to the MDs in particular for trying to bring out the character of the music.

The contest was very entertaining and engaging, if a little variable in quality at times, and that third movement may prove the key in deciding who gets the nod from the judges to go to Cheltenham.

4BR Prediction:

1. Deepcar
2. Gawthorpe 85
3. Maltby Miners
4. Garforth Brass
5. Loxley
6. Armthorpe


Saturday 3, 12:26:22

Fourth Section:

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Last band as first today — and another spirited performance

An entertaining but varied contest in terms of overall quality is ended by Thurcroft Welfare (Matthew Wright). Another band just a few short on numbers, but certainly not on endeavour, enthusiasm and commitment — especially on a wickedly pacy 'Punchinello'!

Just those occasional moments of unease (they have not been alone in that today) but there was a real spirit about this especially in the last movement to round off a hard working performance well led by the MD.


Saturday 3, 12:16:17

Fourth Section:

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A brace making a strong case for Cheltenham...?

There was a real touch of pomp and purpose about Deepcar (Cathryn Rogers) from the world go here and a sense of considered, but committed musicality that shone through in each of the movements.

Really well directed that and the two lads on tuba deserve an extra pint of something tasty in the bar for their efforts too. By the time Waltzing Matilda came along the band could have been wearing Akubra hats with corks on: Splendid stuff and right in the mix.

Lots to enjoy also from the thoughtful approach by Terry Clifford with Maltby Miners (above): steady and purposeful before showing a real touch of pizzazz with the ragtime and a lovely languid third section.

The final section was confident and had the stamina of an Aussie fast bowler. One for the judges to think about that.


Saturday 3, 12:02:53

Fourth Section:

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Tubas in need of deserved refreshment...

All bands at this level need a bit of extra help it seems — and it has been noticeable that many of the contenders have taken to the stage with more than a couple of empty seats.

There are some interesting views from different sources to how this can be overcome, but for the moment bravo to the bands for their commitment — with a special mention to the tuba teams in particular.

After finishing off in OZ they will be in need of a few cans of the amber nectar then...


Saturday 3, 11:40:24

Yorkshire Area

How's that for a musical picture to sum up the last few days...

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Thanks to Gordon Eddison


Saturday 3, 11:38:20

Fourth Section:

Plenty of spirit despite the lack of numbers...

The great Haydn Griffiths MBE takes the helm with Armthorpe Elmfield and despite the lack of numbers (21 players plus percussion) they give it a real go aided by confident soloists. Just a few little moments of obvious unease (they haven't been alone in that today) but once more the MD sought out the style in the music.

It's the same approach by Friendly Band (Sowerby Bridge) under Neil Robinson (Yorkshire folk must enjoy their two weeks annual holiday abroad).

It's a touch more forceful in places (despite a few missing in the ranks) but it was not lacking in confidence and it was well thought out. A real swagger to the finale (is the MD an Aussie?) to round off a performance full of brio if just occasionally a touch scruffy.

Top 3:

1. Gawthorpe
2. Garforth
3. Loxley


Saturday 3, 11:14:50

We're on our way...

Rockingham band are en route to Huddersfield...



Saturday 3, 11:03:03

Fourth Section:

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Halfway point opinion and prediction...

A slow burner of a contest this but one that is warming up nicely. You can't knock the commitment and the desire to bring the character and style of the music to the fore and despite the occasional moments of obvious unease there has been much to enjoy.

Still plenty to play for here you suspect to see who gets to Cheltenham...

Halfway Top 3:

1. Gawthorpe
2. Garforth
3. Loxley


Saturday 3, 10:59:29

Fourth Section:

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A brace of strong contenders...

More thoroughly engaging music making from both Garforth (John Thompson) and Gawthorpe Brass '85 (John Edwards) ' both bands displaying a real touch of stylish verve and brio to their playing.

Yorkshire folk can be a bit flinty when it comes to emotion, but you could almost hear the hearts melt when they saw the size of Garforth's brilliant little nipper on percussion and there were more than a few nods of approval as the MD captured the stylistic character of each of the movements. The odd little scratch or two, but a good one that.

Gawthorpe also deliver so well ' again led by the measured approach of the MD and confident approach of the players. Each of the movements had stylistic character that wasn't tarnished by the little slips and they closed with a touch of Aussie swagger that wouldn't have been out of place if it had been whistled by Crocodile Dundee. The leader for us.


Saturday 3, 10:52:20

Fourth Section:

Note the little guy on percussion...



Saturday 3, 10:38:40

Fourth Section:

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The great Scott Joplin...

Did you know that the great Scott Joplin was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1976 nearly 60 years after his death in 1917?

As with far too many jazz/ragtime greats his life was nowhere as great as his music (just think of Bix Beiderbecke) and despite earning fame and initial fortune from his famous ‘Maple Leaf Rag’ in 1899 he all too frequently endured financial hardship.

By the time he died he was suffering from dementia as a result of syphilis and was admitted to a mental institution—dying at the age of just 48.

His music almost disappeared without trace (his first opera ‘The Guest of Honor’ certainly did) but thanks to people such as the musician Joshua Rifkin he enjoyed a huge renaissance—helped by the film ‘The Sting’ that included a number of his compositions.

Rodney Newton was obviously a fan too...


Saturday 3, 10:26:14

Fourth Section:

Contenders aiming to get the right style for qualification substance...

Forget the local weather conditions of the last 48 hours or so—the bands here have been inspired by the trips to warmer climes (although Chicago can be a bit chilly at times).

It’s been really enjoyable stuff for the 120 or so listeners in the hall — with the MDs all trying to bring the character out of the music — from the sense of anticipation and pacy ‘Punchinello’ march in the opening, through the jaunty swagger of the ragtime and languid relaxation of the Pacific paradise (which is a tester, as was shown in Blackpool last weekend)

Any Aussie working in the bar will have been humming along to the finale section too.

Well done to Tingley with MD John Belton using all his experience to bring the style of the music to the fore—and to main soloists (esp percussion). Just got a little tired, but lots to enjoy.

Golcar (Peter Strawson) also picked up on the different styles required despite the odd moments of unease. The MD concentrated on getting the basic right here with plenty to build on for the future (fine solo euph), even if today was just a touch too variable.

Top 3:

1. Loxley
2. Linthwaite
3. Tingley


Saturday 3, 10:12:22

Fourth Section:

World Tour pioneers...

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This was the Besses o' th' Barn of 1907 — in a picture taken just a few months after they returned form their first epic world tour. John Henry Iles is the chap in the upturned hat with the great Alex Owen to his left.

They don't make band's like this anymore...


Saturday 3, 09:50:30

Fourth Section:

Bright and warm start on the Yorkshire world tours...

It's been a bright and warmly played start here for the hardy Yorkshire folk who have made it to Huddersfield to enjoy the Fourth Section action.

Bravo to them and also to the opening two bands in Linthwaite (Paul Kershaw) and Loxley (Lee Dunkley) both of who brought a real sense of spirit and adventure to their well led renditions.

Special mention to Linthwaite who were down on numbers (16 players) but who played with endeavour and balance (despite the few missing parts), while Loxley delivered a performance that had style and character, especially in the rag time section.

Two bands who certainly enjoyed their World Tour trips despite travelling light.


Saturday 3, 09:17:43

Fourth Section:

Off we go...

We are about to start with the Fourth Section. Good luck all and enjoy yourselves.


Saturday 3, 09:08:48

Draw:

Fourth Section:

Adjudicators: David Lancaster and Stan Lippeatt
Commences: 9.15am

1. Linthwaite (Paul Kershaw)
2. Loxley Silver (Lee Dunkley)
3. Tingley (John Belton)
4. Golcar (Peter Strawson)
5. Garforth (John Thompson)
6. Gawthorpe Brass '85' (John Edwards)
7. Armthorpe Elmfield (Haydn Griffiths MBE)
8. Friendly Band (Sowerby Bridge) (Neil Robinson)
9. Deepcar (Cathryn Rogers)
10. Maltby Miners (Terry Clifford)
11. Thurcroft Welfare (Matthew Wright)


Saturday 3, 09:01:10

Fourth Section

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A warm welcome on a chilly day...

It may still be a bit chilly outside, but inside Huddersfield Town Hall we have already enjoyed a warm welcome from the contest organisers and are ready to enjoy a cracking Fourth Section contest on Rodney Newton's 'World Tour'.

It's the third movement 'Pacific Paradise' that should warm the cockles as its inspired by a stop off in Hawaii made by the famous 1906 Besses o' th' Barn Band. Forget the thermos flask full of Bovril and sit back and enjoy the thought of a pina colada instead.

Wonder if they serve them in the Delius bar...


Saturday 3, 08:01:40

Morning from Huddersfield

Good morning from a cold (although it’s warmed up a touch from the temperatures of recent days) Huddersfield.

The army of helpers on the Yorkshire Regional Committee are here as are the Fourth Section judges David Lancaster and Stan Lippeatt. The draw is taking place right now and we will post it shortly before the start.

If there are any tweaks, changes as the weekend goes on, we will advise.


Saturday 3, 06:57:21

Yorkshire Championships

Fantastic effort...

Its been a fantastic effort by the Yorkshire Regional Championship organisers and the bands themselves to ensure that the event takes place this weekend in Huddersfield.

Peggy Tomlinson and her team deserve medals, as do the competitors for battling against the elements especially over the last 48 hours or so to get to rehearsals and to make it here.

And although not everyone can qualify for London or Cheltenham, everyone on this occasion is a winner...


Saturday 3, 06:51:31

Runners & Riders

Championship Section:

Sunday 4th March
Adjudicators: Robert Childs and Arsene Duc
Draw: 1.15pm
Commences: 3.15pm

1. Black Dyke (Prof. Nicholas Childs)
2. Brighouse & Rastrick (Prof. David King)
3. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery (Ian Porthouse)
4. City of Bradford (Lee Skipsey)
5. Elland Silver (Daniel Brooks)
6. Grimethorpe Colliery (Allan Withington)
7. Hammonds Saltaire (Morgan Griffiths)
8. Hatfield (Stan Lippeatt)
9. Hepworth (Leigh Baker)
10. Marsden Silver (Mark Peacock)
11. Rothwell Temperance (David Roberts)
12. Unite the Union (John Roberts)
13. Yorkshire Imperial Urquhart Travel (Russell Gray)

First Section:

Sunday 4th March
Adjudicators: John Doyle and Alan Morrison
Draw: 8.00am
Commences: 10.00am

1. Chapeltown Silver (Sam Fisher)
2. Drighlington (Tommy Tynan)
3. Hade Edge (Jonathan Beatty)
4. Hebden Bridge (David Hamilton)
5. Knottingley Silver (Kevin Belcher)
6. Lindley (Robert Westacott)
7. Old Silkstone (Owen Wedgwood)
8. Skelmanthorpe (Martin Heartfield)
9. Skelmanthorpe Prospect (Philip Garlick)
10. Stannington (Derek Renshaw)
11. Strata (Jonathan Bates)
12. Wakefield Metropolitan (Richard Larder)

Second Section:

Saturday 3rd March
Adjudicators: John Doyle and Arsene Duc
Draw: 3.45pm
Commences: 5.30pm (approx)

1. BD1 Brass (Lee Skipsey)
2. Clifton & Lightcliffe (John Clay)
3. Crofton Silver (Dean Jones)
4. Horbury Victoria (Duncan Beckley)
5. Kippax (Ian Knapton)
6. Meltham & Meltham Mills (Tim Sidwell)
7. Slaithwaite (Ryan Watkins)
8. South Yorkshire Police (Jack Capstaff)
9. Worsbrough Brass (John Hopkinson)

Third Section:

Saturday 3rd March
Adjudicators: Anne Crookston and Howard J Evans
Draw: 11.15am
Commences: 1.00pm (approx)

1. Barnsley Brass (William Rushworth)
2. Barnsley Metropolitan (Alex Francis)
3. Clifton & Lightcliffe 'B' (David Crisp)
4. Dinnington Colliery (Lindon Bolt)
5. Dodworth Colliery M.W. (Eliot J Darwin)
6. Dronfield Genquip (Damian Wileman)
7. Emley (Garry Hallas)
8. Huddersfield & Ripponden (Adam Bell)
9. Lofthouse 2000 (Andrew Whitaker)
10. Oughtibridge (Gavin Somerset)
11. Rockingham (Adam Whittle)
12. Wetherby Silver (Derek Wharley)

Fourth Section:

Saturday 3rd March
Adjudicators: David Lancaster and Stan Lippeatt
Draw: 7.45am
Commences: 9.15am

1. Armthorpe Elmfield (Haydn Griffiths MBE)
2. Deepcar (Cathryn Rogers)
3. Friendly Band (Sowerby Bridge) (Neil Robinson)
4. Garforth (John Thompson)
5. Gawthorpe Brass '85' (John Edwards)
6. Golcar (Peter Strawson)
7. Linthwaite (Paul Kershaw)
8. Loxley Silver (Lee Dunkley)
9. Maltby Miners (Terry Clifford)
10. Thurcroft Welfare (Matthew Wright)
11. Tingley (John Belton)


Saturday 3, 02:43:49

Made it...

Despite the weather, Malcolm Wood has made it to Huddersfield for the second round of the Regional Championships, although the 4BR Editor remains snow bound 1100 feet up in the valleys of south Wales.

Running over two days, the action starts on Saturday at 9.15am with Section Four, followed by Sections Three and Two.

Sunday sees the First Section bands take to the stage followed by the Championship Section.



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The Wigston Band -

Thursday 20 December • St Thomas Church, South Wigston LE18 4TA


Haslingden & Helmshore Brass Band

December 18 • Haslingden & Helmshore, North West 1st Section Brass Band. . MD Mr. Simon Cowen (Principal Trombone with RLPO) . Require 2 front row Cornet players & Percussionist to complete the band. . A very sensible mix of engagements with rehearsals every Tuesday 8pm


Meltham and Meltham Mills Brass Band

December 18 • We have a vacancy for a Soprano and BBb Bass to complete the line up for the areas. Nice Schilke Sop sat waiting for the right person! The band currently competes in the 2nd Section and has a full program of concerts and contests.


The Corsham Band

December 18 • The band are currently looking for an experienced Back Row Cornet Player to join our friendly and enthusiastic team. Second or Third Cornet position available.


Neil Samuel


Conductor