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2018 Scottish Championships
As it happened

All the action from the 2018 Scottish Championships — As it happened.

Scotland

Sunday 11, 18:18:24

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Winners- Whitburn MD. Prof Nicholas Childs

Result:

Championship Section:

Test Piece: Odyssey (Kevin Norbury)
Adjudicators: Paul Holland & Dr Michael Ball

1. Whitburn (Prof Nicholas Childs) — 94**
2. Co-operative Funeralcare (Russell Gray) — 93*
3. Kirkintilloch Kelvin (Charles Keenan) — 90
4. Bo'ness and Carriden (Lee Skipsey) — 89
5. Bon Accord Silver (Stephen Malcolm) — 88
6. Newtongrange Silver (Andrew Duncan) — 87
7. Dalmellington (Richard Evans) — 85
8. Bathgate (Anne Crookston) — 83
9. Tullis Russell Mills (Tony George) — 82

*Top two Qualify for National Final at Royal Albert Hall
** Whitburn qualifies to represent Scotland at the European Championships in Montreux in 2019

Cornet: Whitburn
Trombone: Whitburn
Flugel: Co-operative Funeralcare
Bass Section: Co-operative Funeralcare
Bass: EEb bass, Dalmellington
Baritone: Co-operative Funeralcare
Percussion Section: Whitburn


Scotland

Sunday 11, 17:16:29

Championship Section:

Malcolm Wood's round up and prediction:

A contest that was short and sweet — and at times a little short in top quality Championship Section playing.

The supremacy came with the first two bands in Whitburn and Co-op Funeralcare, and it's hard to see past those two old foes going once more to Kensington in the autumn, with the defending champion getting the European spot in Montreux next year.

Behind them? A real good scrap to be honest for the places i the top-six.

4BR Prediction:

1. Whitburn
2. Co-operative Funeralcare
3. Bon Accord
4. Newtongrange Silver

Dark Horse: Dalmellington


Scotland

Sunday 11, 17:12:07

Championship Section:

9. Bo'ness & Carriden (Lee Skipsey)

The concluding Odyssey in the Scottish Championship comes from Bo'ness & Carriden under the talented Lee Skipsey. The MD sticks to his guns on his interpretation with City of Bradford last weekend. Individual in style at times, it doesn't half leave you breathless.

We love the warmth of the ensemble sound, so tasteful and not forced. The lyrical section works well. Ok, not everything sings along bang on the button, but lots to appreciate here.

The typical energy within this MD's take once more appeared as we headed for home. What a triumphant end that was — bold as brass with bells on!!!


Scotland

Sunday 11, 16:52:39

Championship Section:

8. Tullis Russell Mills (Tony George)

One of those accounts that definitely fits into the curious category. It had a great deal of thought with its approach, especially with the tempo markings, but it never really came off.

The error count took the edge off the musical picture which was a real pity, because the piece was within their grasp. The MD paid attention to the composer's musical intent, but as hard as he tried, it just did not have the security needed.

At times the errors left you frustrated as the quality was there. The close was bold and triumphant, but overall, It just didn't come to the fore today.

To come

9. Bo'ness & Carriden (Lee Skipsey)


Scotland

Sunday 11, 16:34:51

Championship Section:

7. Bon Accord Silver (Stephen Malcolm)

A real roller coaster of a musical ride this from Bon Accord. The quality was there, but it just needed greater consistency and smoother musical lines to really make an impression.

The opening was a clear statement of intent, but not all of the detail is audible. The tempos were pushed at times. In the central section, there were the odd moment in the solo lines, but each of them dug in to produce.

The run for home is a touch uneven, although exciting. The quality of the playing is there, but it just doesn't really cement into place as well as it might do and tiredness does creep in.

To come

8. Tullis Russell Mills (Tony George)
9. Bo'ness & Carriden (Lee Skipsey)


Scotland

Sunday 11, 16:13:42

Championship Section:

6. Kirkintilloch Kelvin (Charles Keenan)

A measured account where the MD's intuitive thoughtfulness brought a lot to be admired to the musical table.

Charles Keenan knew what he could ask of his players and what he couldn't, and therefore the account played to the strengths of the ensemble.

It meant the clarity and quality came through — just not as much as it could have done perhaps, but there was a lot of fine playing. The middle section was tastefully delivered with lovely solo contributions.

Even the instruments angled towards the box in the closing section had touches of restraint about them, such was the MD's desire to bring the best out of his ensemble.

It did tire though, but it rounded off an account of enormous credit.

To come

7. Bon Accord Silver (Stephen Malcolm)
8. Tullis Russell Mills (Tony George)


Scotland

Sunday 11, 15:56:18

Championship Section:

5. Newtongrange Silver (Andrew Duncan)

A really full blooded account this that engaged from the outset, despite being not totally convinced by the end that it came off.

Robust and heavy at times, it needed to be a little lighter dynamically, but there was no doubting the ensemble could play the piece.

The solo lines brought so much quality to the fore and it was so well styled. The conclusion, though a bit of a puzzle as it didn't hold back was a touch raucous and heavy at times.

To come

6. Kirkintilloch Kelvin (Charles Keenan)
7. Bon Accord Silver (Stephen Malcolm)


Scotland

Sunday 11, 15:38:40

Championship Section:

4. Dalmellington (Richard Evans)

A typical Richard Evans performance this. Bristling with endeavour and energy that maintains the pulse and structure with forensic detail to bring so much character from the score.

The dynamic contrasts are well handled and clarity shines through. The central section is luscious (great cornet) and whilst the closing section isn't without the odd moment, there's no hanging around.

It concluded an account of real musical intent, that perhaps didn't have the stamp of authority of the top two for us, but puts itself into a podium slot at the moment.

To come

5. Newtongrange Silver (Andrew Duncan)
6. Kirkintilloch Kelvin (Charles Keenan)


Scotland

Sunday 11, 15:18:55

Championship Section:

3. Bathgate (Anne Crookston)

What a lovely interpretation from Anne Crookston; so well structured and styled. The Scot left nothing to chance and never asked her band to do anything they could not do.

Astute thought got inside the music to bring out excellent detail and character. Not everything gelled into place as it will have done in rehearsal, but it left an impression that was anything but forgettable.

Soloists were in good form with just the odd moment of unease, whilst there was a measured focus to the closing section that had so much to admire.

Nearly 15 years or more away from the top section in Scotland, but a performance to be proud of today.

To come

4. Dalmellington (Richard Evans)
5. Newtongrange Silver (Andrew Duncan)


Scotland

Sunday 11, 14:57:35

Championship Section:

2. Co-operative Funeralcare (Russell Gray)

An account styled as per Yorkshire Imperial in Huddersfield a week ago that was a real joy to listen to and played with so much belief and detail. Full and vibrant with great detail and an energy that burned brightly throughout.

Excitement came in spades: sharp and snappy with occasional edginess (nothing major though). Full marks to the soloists on display who really played their part.

The closing was exciting and didn't hold back. No messing about here, that's for sure.

Two fine opening performances and you wonder if the remaining seven can break them apart?

To come

3. Bathgate (Anne Crookston)
4. Dalmellington (Richard Evans)


Scotland

Sunday 11, 14:39:32

Championship Section:

1. Whitburn (Prof Nicholas Childs)

Moulded in the interpretations of Foden's and Black Dyke, Prof Nicholas Childs takes the audience and judges on a journey from darkness to light that was full of clarity, detail with the final destination never in doubt.

The lyrical section was sublime; top notch solo and ensemble work and a cracking Celtic inspired close.

Totally musically ruthless from the first note until the last, and a marker that will take some beating today.

To come

2. Co-operative Funeralcare (Russell Gray)
3. Bathgate (Anne Crookston)


Scotland

Sunday 11, 14:19:09

Draw:

Championship Section:

Test Piece: 'Odyssey' — Kevin Norbury

Adjudicators: Paul Holland & Dr Michael Ball
Draw: 12.30pm
Commences: at conclusion of Section 4b

1. Whitburn (Prof Nicholas Childs)
2. Co-operative Funeralcare (Russell Gray)
3. Bathgate (Anne Crookston)
4. Dalmellington (Richard Evans)
5. Newtongrange Silver (Andrew Duncan)
6. Kirkintilloch Kelvin (Charles Keenan)
7. Bon Accord Silver (Stephen Malcolm)
8. Tullis Russell Mills (Tony George)
9. Bo'ness and Carriden (Lee Skipsey)


Scotland

Sunday 11, 14:17:40

Results:

Fourth Section:

Test Piece: 'World Tour' — Rodney Newton
Adjudicators: Mark Wilkinson & Michael Alcorn

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1st. Place — Highland Brass

1. Highland Brass (Mark Bell) — 95*
2. WhItburn Heartlands (Ian Fleming) — 94*
3, Penicuik Silver (Stuart Black) — 93
4. Barrhead Burgh (David Henderson) — 92
5. Stranraer Brass (Angela Miller) — 91
6. Bon Accord Silver 'B' (Jennifer Cook) — 90
7. Dundee Instrumental (Robert McDonald) — 89
8. Kilmarnock Concert (Scott Walker) — 88
9. Callander Brass (Ian Milligan) — 87
10. Newland Concert (Paul McKelvie OBE) — 86
11. Queensferry Community Brass (James Anderson) — 85
12. Hawick Saxhorn (David Robb) — 84
13. Forfar Instrumental (Terrence Jackson) — 82

*Top two Qualify for National Final at Cheltenham

Best Instrumentalist: Flugel, Queensferry Community Brass
Youngest Bb Bass: Owen Campbell (13) Dundee Instrumental


Scotland

Sunday 11, 14:15:37

4b Section:

Two non competing bands

Sunday 11th March
Adjudicator: John Boax
Draw: Pre drawn
Commences: at the conclusion of Fourth Section

1. Granite City Community Brass (Alex Dawson)
2. Coalburn Intermediate (David Fehilly)

One of the joys of Scotland is their encouraging nature to bands. Section 4b is designed for bands to come and play short programmes in the presence of an adjudicator in the open to give them a taster of competitive action and persuade them to make the step up to the Fourth Section.

John Boax judges this one with the results announced along with the Fourth Section.


Scotland

Sunday 11, 13:09:31

Fourth Section:

Malcolm Wood's Fourth Section round-up and prediction:

What great fun this morning has been, with 13 totally committed bands. Yes, the standard has varied and we have had some ensembles short of bodies on stage, but the amount of endeavour to succeed has been top draw.

Rodney Newton's 'World Tour' has put smiles on the faces of the players and conductors and given them something to not just to enjoy but get their teeth into.

Nip and tuck at the top end with little more than a sweet wrapper between them to see who heads for the Final, but no real clear favourite. Some excellent shows that all had fragilities but its down to what Michael Alcorn and Mark Wilkinson think now.

The formal result will be announced at the conclusion of Section 4b at 1.45pm approx

4BR Prediction:

1. Barrhead Burgh
2. Kilmarnock
3. Highland Brass

Dark Horse: Whitburn Heartlands


Scotland

Sunday 11, 12:52:26

Fourth Section:

More fun on the Scottish World Tour

Well now, it has been more of the same up in Perth. Not flawless accounts, but all delivered with passion and self belief, nurtured by MD's who encourage all the way through.

Stranraer Brass bristled with energy whilst Bon Accord B demonstrated what a fine bunch of musicians they are.

To come

13. Penicuik Silver (Stuart Black)


Scotland

Sunday 11, 12:14:12

Fourth Section:

Fleming's second appearance of three

Having conducted yesterday, Ian Fleming, just like Paul McKelvie OBE ,has been back on stage with the young fledglings of Whitburn. He will be on stage later with the Whitburn senior band, rounding off a busy weekend for himself.

Got to give to him and his band though. Snazzy stuff full of great colours and clarity, and very tidily laid out.

Prior to them, Highland engaged right from the off, and whilst not everything gelled, it kept you interested throughout.

Three to go, but debatable whether we've heard the winners yet?

To come

11. Stranraer Brass (Angela Miller)
12. Bon Accord Silver 'B' (Jennifer Cook)


Scotland

Sunday 11, 11:39:12

Fourth Section:

The numbers game

One of the real joys about the Fourth Section (and not just here) is the number of bands who will go on stage without a full compliment of players but still give it their absolute best. They are here because it is their hobby, passion so, so what?

Great attitude and great to witness the foundations to build on for the future.

Loads more fun on stage with two super-duper shows from Hawick Saxhorn and Barrhead Burgh that will give the two judges, Michael Alcorn and Mark Wilkinson something to ponder.


Scotland

Sunday 11, 11:06:39

Fourth Section:

Mr Lovatt-Cooper Senior is in on the act

Lots more musical fun up in Perth with Forfar and Callender Brass both enjoying their musical World Tours to varying degrees.

On stage with Callender Brass was Paul Lovatt Cooper's dad, Harry, having a great time on fourth man down. He's taken a break from being on the trade stand in the foyer. Make sure you see him though for some music before you leave today.

Callender has thrown itself into the equation for qualification at this stage.

Very even though this contest, that's sorting the bands out.

To come

7. Hawick Saxhorn (David Robb)
8. Barrhead Burgh (David Henderson)


Scotland

Sunday 11, 10:32:45

Fourth Section:

A highlight of the weekend so far

Two more little music gems from Queensferry and Kilmarnock Brass who were both tested but came through with flying colours.

We have had a highlight of the weekend (so far though) with the wee young lad on timpani who could just about see everyone else after being perched on his seat.

His energy, desire was just fabulous. Who he is or how old we have no idea, so if you do know, please get in touch. Brill.

To come

5. Forfar Instrumental (Terrence Jackson)
6. Callander Brass (Ian Milligan)


Scotland

Sunday 11, 10:05:21

Fourth Section:

Measured duo to open

We have had two measured and well thought out accounts from Dundee Instrumental and Newland Concert. Both of them had a great deal of fun on stage and if something went wrong, they just got on with it.

The challenge came with the Pacific Paradise though.

To come

3. Queensferry Community Brass (James Anderson)
4. Kilmarnock Concert (Scott Walker)


Scotland

Sunday 11, 09:29:14

Fourth Section:

Off we go...

Thirteen bands to impress judges Michael Alcorn and Mark Wilkinson, with the latter in the box for the third time this weekend.

Good luck all.


Scotland

Sunday 11, 09:15:27

Draw:

Fourth Section:

Test Piece: 'World Tour' — Rodney Newton
Adjudicators: Mark Wilkinson & Michael Alcorn
Draw: Pre-drawn
Commences: 9.30am

1. Dundee Instrumental (Robert McDonald)
2. Newland Concert (Paul McKelvie OBE)
3. Queensferry Community Brass (James Anderson)
4. Kilmarnock Concert (Scott Walker)
5. Forfar Instrumental (Terrence Jackson)
6. Callander Brass (Ian Milligan
7. Hawick Saxhorn (David Robb)
8. Barrhead Burgh (David Henderson)
9. Highland Brass (Mark Bell)
10. WhItburn Heartlands (Ian Fleming)
11. Stranraer Brass (Angela Miller)
12. Bon Accord Silver 'B' (Jennifer Cook)
13. Penicuik Silver (Stuart Black)


Scotland

Sunday 11, 08:42:25

Morning from Perth

A World Tour and European qualification

Good morning from Perth where the early morning risers are bands folk heading to the hall and florists working hard delivering flowers to Mothers everywhere.

Yesterday was a great day with three contests and it wouldn't be band contests without the odd talking point.

Today we have thirteen bands in the Fourth Section this morning vying for Cheltenham. Then its two bands delivering a mini concert before the elite of Championship Section rounds things off with the winner going on to represent the country in Montreux in the spring of 2019.

Fourth Section draw posted once judges gone in box after 9.15am. See you later.


Scotland

Saturday 10, 20:37:35

That is it for today

See you tomorrow

Well that is it from Bedworth, Perth and Torquay for today. We'll be back from 9.00 tomorrow when the Fourth Section starts in Torquay and 9.30 in Perth, with later start in Bedworth.

The most important thing about tomorrow? Yes it's contest day, but it's Mothers Day in the UK and a day to show mums how much they are loved.

Good night all


Scotland

Saturday 10, 20:34:41

Results:

First Section:

Test Piece: 'Brass Metamorphosis' — James Curnow
Adjudicators: Michael Ball & Mark Wilkinson

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Winners — Johnstone (Martyn Ramsay)

1. Johnstone (Martyn Ramsay) — 92*
2. Dunaskin Doon (Chris Bradley) — 91*
3. Newmilns & Galston (Alan Cameron) — 90
4. Kingdom Brass (Ian Porthouse) — 89
5. Unison Kinneil (Raymond Tennant) — 85
6. Granite City Brass (Bruce Wallace) — 86
7. Arbroath Instrumental (Michael Robertson) — 85
8. Dalkeith & Monktonhall (James Chamberlain) — 82
9. Lochgelly (Paul McKelvie OBE) — 80
10. Coalburn Silver (Gareth Bowman) — 78

*Top two Qualify for National Final at Cheltenham

Best Horn: Johnstone Band
Best Instrumentalist: Fiona Waddington (euphonium) — Dunaskin Doon


Scotland

Saturday 10, 19:50:46

First Section:

Malcolm Wood's First Section round up and prediction:

Brass Metamorphosis has been a test today. Frustrating in many ways as opposed to disappointing, as bands at this level are on the cusp of the top section so it leaves you scratching your head a bit.

The piece has proved deceptively hard, testing the skills of the ensemble and the conductor in the middle. Have they been led into thinking it is easier than at first glance? It's been a real test today, so you could argue that it has done.

More questions than answers perhaps but very few bands got close to the standard heard at the top end in both Yorkshire and Lancashire over the past two weekends.

Kingdom Brass under Ian Porthouse were a class apart today and thereafter it's a real fight for the other podium places, with one band drowning their sorrows late into the night.

4BR Prediction:

1. Kingdom Brass
2. Unison Kinneil
3. Dunaskin Doon
4. Johnstone Silver

Dark Horse: Lochgelly


Scotland

Saturday 10, 19:10:06

First Section:

Porthouse delivers with Kingdom

Finally, we've heard a performance in Perth that would definitely have made its mark in Blackpool and Huddersfield over the past two weeks.

Kingdom Brass under Ian Porthouse delivered an account that just oozed musicality and allowed the ensemble and soloists to play with freedom and belief.

The MD brought detail to the fore that we had not heard so far during this contest. A class apart and one that would have given the bands in Lancashire and Yorkshire a run for its money.

Granite City may have pout themselves in the mix a hard working account that just ran out of steam.

To come

9. Dunaskin Doon (Chris Bradley)
10. Newmilns & Galston (Alan Cameron)


Scotland

Saturday 10, 18:33:30

First Section:

Who fancies Cheltenham?

We are approaching the final four bands but are we any further forward in finding a winner?

It's still up for grabs with the latest readings showing character and confidence, but needing more impetus to deliver a potential Cheltenham trip.

Dalkeith was full of determination and spirit and could find its way into a top-six finishing order.

Meanwhile Unison Kinneil was solid and pulled back on the dynamics at times to let the music come through. It may not be too far away.
and a real contender.

One thing is for sure, if a band can grab hold of this piece by the scruff, they'll be in with a great shout of the final.

To come

7. Kingdom Brass (Ian Porthouse)
8. Granite City Brass (Bruce Wallace)


Scotland

Saturday 10, 18:00:04

First Section:

Deceptive?

Two more bands who have been challenged today on a piece that perhaps is a much tougher nut to crack than at first glance.

Coalburn Silver was one of those accounts that offered potential from the off but wasn't quite able to maintain it throughout.

Johnstone Silver has got the closest to it so far for us, with a vibrantly colourful performance that brought clarity and detail to the fore.

Out in front for us and then who knows, but a performance that is beatable despite being a solid benchmark.

To come

5. Dalkeith & Monktonhall (James Chamberlain)
6. Unison Kinneil (Raymond Tennant)


Scotland

Saturday 10, 17:19:49

First Section:

Challenged from the off

Well now, the first two bands here in Scotland have been challenged.

Arbroath Instrumental took its time to find its feet but when they did the quality playing came through — but it was a challenge. Lochgelly was a contender who had adrenaline flowing through the musical veins. Less would have been more at times.

One of the things that strikes us from the first two accounts has been the choice of tempi — much slower than written. What will the judges think?

To come

3. Coalburn Silver (Gareth Bowman)
4. Johnstone (Martyn Ramsay)


Scotland

Saturday 10, 16:48:59

First Section:

The battle of Metamorphosis

So, the final section of the day has started in Perth. Ten bands doing battle on James Curnow's work. Mark Wilkinson back in box with Dr Michael Ball.


Scotland

Saturday 10, 16:34:00

Draw:

First Section:

Test Piece: Brass Metamorphosis — James Curnow
Adjudicators: Dr Michael Ball and Mark Wilkinson

1. Arbroath Instrumental (Michael Robertson)
2. Lochgelly (Paul McKelvie OBE)
3. Coalburn Silver (Gareth Bowman)
4. Johnstone (Martyn Ramsay)
5. Dalkeith & Monktonhall (James Chamberlain)
6. Unison Kinneil (Raymond Tennant)
7. Kingdom Brass (Ian Porthouse)
8. Granite City Brass (Bruce Wallace)
9. Dunaskin Doon (Chris Bradley)
10. Newmilns & Galston (Alan Cameron)


Scotland

Saturday 10, 16:33:19

Results:

Third Section:

Test Piece: 'Napoleon on the Alps' — Philip Harper
Adjudicators: Paul Holland & Michael Alcorn

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Winners — Newmains & District (Michael Marzella)

1. Newmains & District (Michael Marzella) — 97*
2. Selkirk Silver (Stuart Black) — 95*
3. Perthshire Brass (George D. Annan) — 94
4. Langholm Town (Chris Shanks) — 93
5. Brass Sounds Inverclyde (Chris Mansfield) — 91
6. Dysart Colliery (Kenneth Letham) — 90
7. Buckhaven & Methil Miners (David Neil) — 89
8. Dunfermline Town (Andy Shaw) — 88
9. MacTaggart Scott Loanhead (Craig Savage) — 87
10. Peebles Burgh (Peter Holmes) -86
*Top two Qualify for National Final at Cheltenham

Instrumentalist: Anna Linzi (cornet) Newmains & District


Scotland

Saturday 10, 16:05:53

Third Section:

Malcolm Wood's round up and prediction:

Philip Harper's 'Napoleon on the Alps' has proved to be an enjoyable listen, but a real examination at this level. Bands who've already competed and found it challenging and those still to do so, can take solace in the fact that the Scots have been tested just as much as those south of the border.

Going to be nip and tuck at top end though we think.

4BR Prediction:

1. Newmains & District
2. Brass Sounds Inverclyde
3. Perthshire Brass

Dark Horse: Langholm Town


Scotland

Saturday 10, 15:59:25

Third Section:

Tasteful blood and guts to close

My word, two outfits who really took no prisoners to close the contest. Buckhaven & Methil Miners was as tasteful as was as purposeful, and whilst not a winner for us may well be in contention for the top-six.

Brass Sounds Inverclyde also really went for the full bloodied approach, but it just didn't quite come off today. Nothing left on stage there though.


Scotland

Saturday 10, 15:27:07

Third Section:

Really going for it

One of the things that has really come across so far today is how much the bands have loved playing this piece. Even if it has stretched them, its given something to get their teeth into.

Dunfermline Town and Peebles are cases in point. Both tested, but both giving committed accounts as though their lives depended upon it. Two renditions though where 'less is more' could have been beneficial.

To come

9. Buckhaven & Methil Miners (David Neil)
10. Brass Sounds Inverclyde (Chris Mansfield)


Scotland

Saturday 10, 14:49:46

Third Section:

Bold, bold stuff

You would certainly want some of these players watching your back if you went to battle. Fully committed and not afraid of a bloody nose, we are hearing accounts where 'no surrender' is definitely the watch word.

The passion and desire from Langholm Town was matched by their good playing. National Champion, Newmains & District went for the 'less is more' option and included a great cornet player. A very impressive performance indeed and with four left, gives the judges plenty of food for thought.


Scotland

Saturday 10, 14:21:42

Third Section:

Napoleon starts to put bands to sword

This is a work that has certainly sorted the bands out so far in Blackpool and Huddersfield. Philip Harper lays things out very clearly and its been interesting to hear how bands have approached it.

Peebles gave it their all. It was a tough ask but full marks for the committed, robust account.

MacTaggart Scott Loanhead was another who found the work had its challenges, but they really dug deep at times. A little forced in execution, but it may make a mark in the box.

To come

5. Langholm Town (Chris Shanks)
6. Newmains & District (Michael Marzella)


Scotland

Saturday 10, 13:59:12

Third Section:

Two good ones to start

We have heard two excellent accounts to get us going in Perth. Dysart Colliery set things off with a fine, committed reading that had lots to appreciate.

Similarly, Selkirk Silver had lots of passion and pride and delivered a very committed performance.

This piece has sorted them out good and proper over the past two weekends, and we suspect it will be the same here.

To come

3. Peebles Burgh (Peter Holmes)
4. MacTaggart Scott Loanhead (Craig Savage)


Scotland

Saturday 10, 13:39:22

Third Section:

Time for Napoleon

So after the enjoyable Second Section, ten bands are now vying for honours in the Third Section

Paul Holland and Michael Alcorn judging in the box.


Scotland

Saturday 10, 13:17:40

Draw

Third Section:

Saturday 10th March
Test Piece: 'Napoleon on the Alps' — Philip Harper
Adjudicators: Paul Holland & Michael Alcorn
Pre-Drawn
Commences: at the conclusion of Second Section

1. Dysart Colliery (Kenneth Letham)
2. Selkirk Silver (Stuart Black)
3. Peebles Burgh (Peter Holmes)
4. MacTaggart Scott Loanhead (Craig Savage)
5. Langholm Town (Chris Shanks)
6. Newmains & District (Michael Marzella)
7. Dunfermline Town (Andy Shaw)
8. Perthshire Brass (George D. Annan)
9. Buckhaven & Methil Miners (David Neil)
10. Brass Sounds Inverclyde (Chris Mansfield)


Scotland

Saturday 10, 13:16:02

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Results:

Second Section:

Test Piece: Ex Terra Lucem (Jonathan Bates)
Adjudicators: Mark Wilkinson & Anne Crookston

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1. Campbeltown Brass (Paul Kiernan)* — 94*
2. Annan Town (Paul Drury) — 93*
3. Broxburn & Livingston (John Boax) — 92
4. St. David's Brass (Iain Fleming) — 91
5. St. Ronan's Silver (Alan Fernie) — 90
6. Jedforest Instrumental (Phil Rosier) — 89
7. Clackmannan District (Paul McKelvie OBE) — 87
8. Shotts St. Patrick's (Ray Mundy) — 86
9. Croy Silver (Kenneth Blackwood) — 85
10. Renfrew Burgh (Mark Good) — 83
11. Irvine & Dreghorn (Scott Kerr) — 82

*Qualify for National Final at Cheltenham

Instrumentalist: Stuart Dickson (cornet) St Davids's Brass


Scotland

Saturday 10, 12:43:29

Second Section:

Malcolm Wood's round up and prediction

What an excellent contest we've enjoyed here in Perth. We have had some very impressive accounts today and suspect it's a close call right at the top end and not just for the two final slots.

We could be miles out here but:

4BR Prediction:

1. Campbeltown
2. Broxburn & Livingston
3. Annan Town
4. St David's Brass

Dark Horse: Clackmannan


Scotland

Saturday 10, 12:22:06

Second Section:

Squeaky bum time

So ten gone with bands coming off stage thinking, 'Have we done enough or not?' Irvine & Dreghorn who went to Cheltenham in the Third Section last year really went for it and the colourful reading almost came off.

A typically energetic reading from Alan Fernie with St Ronan's that was so well laid out as an interpretation, but had a few foibles within that could cost today. Hats off to the lovely sounding cornet player.


Scotland

Saturday 10, 11:49:19

Second Section:

Have we heard the winners yet?

The judges Anne Crookston and Mark Wilkinson will have their potential prize winning running order in place with three bands to go.

In truth, it's very close here with the bands having made a really good fist on a piece that isn't beyond them, but certainly tests their mettle.

St David's bristled with energy and musical impetus to possibly put themselves into serious contention.

Annan's MD took to the stage without a score to lead them through an invigorating account with some excellent percussion and solo contributions.

To come

9. Irvine & Dreghorn (Scott Kerr)
10. St. Ronan's Silver (Alan Fernie)


Scotland

Saturday 10, 11:13:54

Second Section:

More tasty offerings as we head past half way

The youngsters of Campbeltown came off stage buzzing after a really great account. The contributions of the cornet, flugel, sop, euph and percussion were top draw; nothing left on stage and when the odd glitch happened, they just got on with it.

The piece was so well laid out from the MD. Could it resonate in the box?

Renfrew under Mark Good was another who offered a fine reading with lots of musical credibility and insight. This will be a fascinating one to call.

To come

7. St. David's Brass (John A. Dickson)
8. Annan Town (Paul Drury)


Scotland

Saturday 10, 10:38:54

Second Section:

Four gone and a very enjoyable contest

Bands are lapping up the chance to play this piece in Perth and Broxburn & Livingston under SBBA's John Boax relished every second . It wasn't flawless by any means, but the clarity and detail that came through was impressive. There were fine contributions on cornet and flugel which really caught the ear.

Shott's St Patrick was lighter in ensemble sound and dynamics. Whilst not everything came off, it certainly wasn't short of character or commitment either.

To come

5. Campbeltown Brass (Paul Kiernan)
6. Renfrew Burgh (Mark Good)


Scotland

Saturday 10, 10:11:19

Second Section:

Two crackers to start

What a cracking start to the contest with two fine contrasting accounts from Croy Silver and Jedforest.

Croy hit the ground running with some cracking flugel and percussion work (they've all had three Shreaded Wheat for breakfast or probably porridge up here). Great colours and tidy ensemble shone through.

Jedforest held back on the dynamics at times from an ensemble perspective, but there was so much to appreciate in the way it was laid out and styled.

To come

3. Broxburn & Livingston (John Boax)
4. Shotts St. Patrick's (Ray Mundy)


Scotland

Saturday 10, 09:35:43

Second Section:

Off we go in Perth

So here we go then with eleven bands in the Second Section. The piece has been a superb choice on its first two outings. Let's see what the Scots can make of it?

Mark Wilkinson and Anne Crookston will make the all important decisions this morning.

Good Luck all.


Scotland

Saturday 10, 09:17:07

Draw:

Second Section:

Test Piece: Ex Terra Lucem — Jonathan Bates
Adjudicators: Mark Wilkinson & Anne Crookston
Pre Drawn
Commences: 9.30am

1. Croy Silver (Kenneth Blackwood)
2. Jedforest Instrumental (Phil Rosier)
3. Broxburn & Livingston (John Boax)
4. Shotts St. Patrick's (Ray Mundy)
5. Campbeltown Brass (Paul Kiernan)
6. Renfrew Burgh (Mark Good)
7. St. David's Brass (John A. Dickson)
8. Annan Town (Paul Drury)
9. Irvine & Dreghorn (Scott Kerr)
10. St. Ronan's Silver (Alan Fernie)
11. Clackmannan District (Paul McKelvie OBE)


Scotland

Saturday 10, 07:56:00

Welcome to Perth

It's early on Saturday morning....

Good morning from a damp and cool Perth where the Scottish Championships take place this weekend.

It's always a joy to come North of the border to be welcomed by Carrie Boax and her hard working team of SBBA — thanks for sorting out us out with power cable folks — its appreciated.

As always a cracking weekend is in store and you can be guaranteed they'll be shouting from the rooftops that they have a current National Champion, Newmains and District.

There'll be a few plugs for the NYBBS 40th year which this Easter has a concert here in Perth with Cory on 4th April, so make sure you get your tickets.

Lots to look forward to then and not forgetting the Scottish representative for Montreaux will be known tomorrow evening.

We start here with Section Two at 9.30am and will publish the draw once the judges go in the box.


Scotland

Thursday 8, 11:40:00

Competing bands:

Championship Section:

Test Piece: Odyssey (Kevin Norbury)
Sunday 11th March
Adjudicators: Paul Holland & Dr Michael Ball
Draw: 12.30pm
Commences: conclusion of Section 4b — 2.00pm approx

Bathgate (Anne Crookston)
Bon Accord Silver (Stephen Malcolm)
Bo'ness & Carriden (Lee Skipsey)
Co-operative Funeralcare (Russell Gray)
Dalmellington (Richard Evans)
Kirkintilloch Kelvin (Charles Keenan)
Newtongrange Silver (Andrew Duncan)
Tullis Russell Mills (Tony George)
Whitburn (Prof Nicholas Childs)

First Section:

Saturday 10th March
Test Piece: Brass Metamorphosis (James Curnow)
Adjudicators: Michael Ball & Mark Wilkinson
Draw: 2.45pm
Commences: conclusion of Third Section — 4.15pm approx

Arbroath Instrumental (Michael Robertson)
Coalburn Silver (Gareth Bowman)
Dalkeith & Monktonhall (James Chamberlain)
Dunaskin Doon (Chris Bradley)
Granite City Brass (Bruce Wallace)
Johnstone (Martyn Ramsay)
Kingdom Brass (Ian Porthouse)
Lochgelly (Paul McKelvie OBE)
Newmilns & Galston (Alan Cameron)
Unison Kinneil (Raymond Tennant)

Second Section:

Saturday 3rd March
Test Piece: Ex Terra Lucem (Jonathan Bates)
Adjudicators: Mark Wilkinson & Anne Crookston
Pre-Drawn:
Commences: 9.30am

Annan Town (Paul Drury)
Broxburn & Livingston (John Boax)
Campbeltown Brass (Paul Kiernan)
Croy Silver (Kenneth Blackwood)
Clackmannan District (Paul McKelvie OBE)
Jedforest Instrumental (Phil Rosier)
Renfrew Burgh (Mark Good)
Shotts St. Patrick's (Ray Mundy)
St. Ronan's Silver (Alan Fernie)
Irvine & Dreghorn (Scott Kerr)
St. David's Brass (John A. Dickson)

Third Section:

Saturday 10th March
Test Piece: Napoleon on the Alps (Philip Harper)
Adjudicators: Paul Holland & Michael Alcorn
Pre-Drawn:
Commences: conclusion of Second Section — 1.00pm approx

Brass Sounds Inverclyde (Chris Mansfield)
Buckhaven & Methil Miners (David Neil)
Dunfermline Town (Andy Shaw)
Dysart Colliery (Kenneth Letham)
Langholm Town (Chris Shanks)
MacTaggart Scott Loanhead (Craig Savage)
Newmains & District (Michael Marzella)
Peebles Burgh (Peter Holmes)
Perthshire Brass (George D. Annan)
Selkirk Silver (Stuart Black)

Fourth Section:

Sunday 11th March
Test Piece: World Tour (Rodney Newton)
Adjudicators: Mark Wilkinson & Michael Alcorn
Pre-Drawn:
Commences: 9.30am

Barrhead Burgh (David Henderson)
Bon Accord Silver 'B' (Jennifer Cook)
Callander Brass (Ian Milligan)
Dundee Instrumental (Robert McDonald)
Forfar Instrumental (Terrence Jackson)
Hawick Saxhorn (David Robb)
Highland Brass (Mark Bell)
Kilmarnock Concert (Scott Walker)
Newland Concert (Paul McKelvie OBE)
Penicuik Silver (Stuart Black)
Queensferry Community Brass (James Anderson)
Stranraer Brass (Angela Miller)
Whitburn Heartlands (Ian Fleming)

4b Section:

Sunday 11th March
Adjudicator: John Boax
Draw: Pre drawn
Commences: conclusion of Fourth Section — 12.45pm approx

Granite City Community Brass (Alex Dawson)
Coalburn Intermediate (David Fehilly)



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Monday 17 December • Enderby Church. Corner of Leicester Lane/Blaby Road. Enderby. Leicestershire LE19 4AR


Foden's Band - Little Lever High School

Tuesday 18 December • Little Lever High School ,Church Street, Little Lever, Bolton, BL3 1BT


The Wigston Band - The Wigston Band Christmas Concert

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Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Greenwich Brass Band

Thursday 20 December • St Alfege Church. 3 Greenwich Church Street SE10 9BJ


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.


Stan Lippeatt

BA, LRSM
Conductor, adjudicator, tutor