4BR has been informed that places are still available for bands wishing to compete at the popular Brass at the Guild Hall contest to be held at Preston Guild Hall on Sunday 2nd February.
For the second year running, competitors may select from a choice of either the 2014 Regional Championship test piece or the 2014 Butlins Mineworkers Championship set work.
Podium finishers will claim a slice of the generous £4000 prize pot in the five nationally graded sections.
The adjudicators for the event are Brett Baker, John Doyle, Stan Lippeatt and Andrew Warriner.
Organisers Lancashire Contests have also announced that a ‘British Open Youth at the Guild Festival Contest’ will take place in the Charter Theatre on the same date.
The spokesperson added: "The prestigious British Open brass band title has been secured with kind permission of Karyn & Martin Mortimer, to whom Lancashire Contests are very grateful."
The format of the youth competition is a 20 minute own choice programme of entertaining music, plus a short set piece ‘Colne’ by the exciting young composer Adam Taylor, the score and parts of which have been given to the bands by the organisers.
To help with competitors needs, the organisers will have a pre-drawn order of play and open adjudication with written adjudication reports.
Band members should be aged 19 or under, but bands can use four over age players preferably with previous association with the band to keep within the spirit of the event. The number of players is not restricted.
Closing date for all entries
The closing date for all entries is Saturday 11th January.
A spokesperson told 4BR: "The aim of the accommodating rules of Lancashire Contests is to provide bands with the opportunity to evaluate their progress in preparation for the regional event.
Championship Section bands will be able to choose between either ‘Energy’ by Robert Simpson or ‘St Magnus’ by Kenneth Downie, whilst First Section contenders can balance their chances between ‘Vitae Aeternum’ by Paul Lovatt — Cooper, or ‘Cry of the Mountain’ by Howard Lorriman.
Second Section challengers can choose between ‘Kenilworth’ by Arthur Bliss or ‘Chaucer's Tunes’ by Michael Ball, whilst in the Third Section it will be between ‘Music for a Festival’ by Philip Sparke or ‘Partita for Band — Postcards from Home’ by Philip Wilby.
Fourth Section bands can choose between ‘Three Saints’ by Goff Richards or ‘Three Spanish Impressions’ by Alan Fernie.
Prizes on offer
There will be a generous prize fund on offer with £300, £200 and £100 to the podium finishers as well as certificates of participation, a separate ‘Best Set Work’ award and with the ‘Best Soloist’ able to undertake five free lessons with the highly respected brass band conductor and tutor Paul Andrews.
The winning youth band will also be asked to play their winning programme at the conclusion of the Championship Section in the Guild Hall.
The aim of the accommodating rules of Lancashire Contests is to provide bands with the opportunity to evaluate their progress in preparation for the regional eventorganisers
For all further information on both contests, please contact:
39 Broxton Avenue
Telephone: 01942 703217
Mobile: 07930 562768
Schedules and entry forms can be down loaded from: lancashirecontests.com