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2013 Regional Finals Results

The West of England Regional Final of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain took place at the Riviera Centre in Torquay over the weekend of the 9th/10th March 2013, with the qualifiers representing our region at the National Finals later in the year.

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Championship Section

Date: Sunday 10th March 2013.
Stage: The Forum
Test Piece: Harmony Music (Philip Sparke)
Adjudicators: Brett Baker & David Thornton
Qualification: The top two bands qualify for the National Finals

'Harmony Music' was composed for the 1987 National Finals of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain held in the Royal Albert Hall in London.

The music opens quietly with long sustained unison crescendos leading to a series of cornet fanfares. Out of this develops a chorale tune building up from the lower half of the band to an immense climax. After a brief hint of faster tempi to come, the euphonium steals the limelight with a high and virtuoso cadenza leading to the main molto vivace. This is a fast and furious gallop which ultimately subsides into a slow central section of various cadenzas, a tribute to the French composer Maurice Ravel with a reference to his emotional 'Pavane pour une infant defunte' (Pavenne for a Dead Princess).The opening of the work is repeated and leads back to shortened recapitulation of the Vivace. The finale is fast and furious and brings the work to an exciting close.

Philip Sparke is one of the most prominent of the modern composers for the brass repetoire. His works not only include contest pieces but also many lighter and nevertheless brilliantly crafted programme music. This is one of Philip's major works, which we are delighted to feature as the Championship Regional test piece.

POS

BAND

CONDUCTOR

PLAYED

1

Flowers

Paul Holland

6

2

Woodfalls

Dr. Robert Childs

1

3

Aldbourne

David Johnson

3

4

Cambourne Town

Steve Sykes

9

5

Mount Charles

Simon Dobson

11

6

Bournemouth Concert Brass

Major David Barringer

7

7

Lydbrook

Jonathan Corry

10

8

St. Dennis

Darren Hawken

5

9

Sherborne Town

Paul Cosh

8

10

Brunel Brass

John Winterflood

4

11

Chalford

Steve Tubb

2

First Section

Date: Saturday 9th March 2013.
Stage: The Forum
Test Piece: Brass Triumphant (Gareth Wood)
Adjudicators: Lt Col Nick Grace OBE RM & David Thornton
Qualification: The top two bands qualify for the National Finals

Gareth Wood wrote this 'fun piece' as he described it, for the 125th Anniversary of the Cory Band in 2009. A four movement work, the first movement is a celebratory fanfare with a strong trombone melody providing a common thread throughout the work.

The second movement reflects the early days struggle and endeavours of the band and again features trombones in a strident theme. Movement three is a beautiful slow melody - mist in the Afan Forest - with the euphonium paying homage to the great Welsh folk tunes. The lighthearted and up-tempo final movement is a sure test for the technical abilities of the bands. It is in fact a heavily disguised development of a very Welsh hymn tune, 'O Jesu Mawr' (O, Great Jesus).

Gareth Wood was born in Cilfynydd in Mid-Glamorgan. Gareth studied composition and double bass at the Royal College of Music. He joined the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1972 and has played with many of the world's leading conductors. His work 'Tombstone Arizona' was played at the Royal Albert Hall at the National Festival of 1975 and his fantasy on Welsh songs is played annually at the Welsh Proms.

POS

BAND

CONDUCTOR

PLAYED

1

Filton Concert Brass

Tom Davoren

9

2

Lanner & District Silver

Stuart Chappell

6

3

Verwood Concert Brass

Kevin Smith

7

4

St. Austell Town

Richard Evans

4

5

Helston Town

John Hitchens

2

6

Michelmersh Silver

Melvin White

1

7

Hyde

Helen Kinder

13

8

Yeovil Town

Ian McElligott

5

9

Forest of Dean Brass

Chris Howley

3

10

Shrewton Silver

Michael Dunford

10

11

Lympstone South West Telecoms

Charles Fleming

8

12

Otterbourne Brass

Gareth Pritchard

11

13

Poole Borough

David Evans

12

Second Section

Date: Saturday 9th March 2013.
Stage: The Forum
Test Piece: The Plantagenets (Edward Gregson)
Adjudicators: Lt Col Nick Grace OBE RM & David Thornton
Qualification: The top two bands qualify for the National Finals

The House of Plantagenet produced a dynasty of English Kings during the Middle Ages - during the 12th to 14th centuries. The era was typified as a fairly violent time with the various factions, the Roman Catholic Church, the English Kings, the French and others in serious conflict. The age however has left us with some major buildings, Westminster Abbey, York Minster and many of the Welsh Castles. Famously, the Plantagenets also established the English language as the accepted and official language in England.

This work by Edward Gregson was his first major test piece for brass, being written for the 1973 National Championships. This descriptive music depicts the times of warring turbulence in britain. Much of the music is based on military style fanfare motifs. It is an enjoyable and listenable work which will challenge bands and conductors alike.

Edward Gregson is one of the most respected composers both in Britain and internationally, having composed orchestral, chamber, instrumental and choral music.

POS

BAND

CONDUCTOR

PLAYED

1

Swindon Pegasus

Graeme Lewis

13

2

Pendennis Brass Falmouth

Steve Thomas

2

3

Bugle Silver

Jeremy Willcock

8

4

St. Keverne

Gareth Churcher

3

5

St. Pinnock

Chris Spreadbury

5

6

A. W. Parker (Drybrook)

Josh Ruck

9

7

City of Bristol Brass

Ceri Thomas

12

8

Sidmouth Town

Adrian Harvey

1

9

Weston Brass

Tony Osbourne

14

10

Bream Silver

Bryn James

7

11

Ocean Brass

Jonathan Lush-Camps

16

12

Soundhouse Brass

David Shead

15

13

Downton

Roland Wright

10

14

Cinderford

Kevin White

6

15

Bath Spa

Dave Walker

11

16

Phoenix Brass (Crewkerne)

David Hatton

4

Third Section

Date: Sunday 10th March 2013. Commence - 10:00
Stage: The Forum
Test Piece: Hollywood (Goff Richards)
Adjudicators: Lt Col Nick Grace OBE RM & Stephen Roberts
Qualification: The top two bands qualify for the National Finals

One of the most prolific composers and also an arranger of brass and big band music in modern times in Britain, Goff Richards sadly passed away in 2011. Goff was a proud Cornishman who, after an academic training, lectured in Arranging at Salford College. He composed many pieces for orchestra and choral groups, including the Huddersfield Choral Society and the King's Singers, alongside his works for brass bands, both light and serious, including 'The Aeronauts' and the recently used 'Cross Patonce'.

The edition of 'Hollywood' used for the Third Section was last used for the Regional Championships in 1996. The work captures many of the styles of 'tinsel town' film music that played an important part of the development of the film industry: from an opening typical of the Paramount movies to the slapstick comedy of Laurel and Hardy, to the wonderful lush swing and swirl of the melodies of the 'big romantic' films, the rhythmical exciting music of the Westerns and finishing with atmospheric modern action movie music of more recent years.

'Hollywood' is a brilliantly crafted work which will challenge bands and entertain audiences from beginning to end.

POS

BAND

CONDUCTOR

PLAYED

1

Wotton-under-Edge & District

Ian Dickinson

14

2

Bodmin Town

Gary Lannie

7

3

Denmead Brass

Linda Cole

4

4

Andover Town

Steve Large

9

5

Heyl Town

Jeremy Meddows-Taylor

10

6

New Forest Brass

Ian Luxford

15

7

Midsomer Norton & Radstock Silver

Joanne Sykes

3

8

Gillingham Imperial Silver

Paul Williams

12

9

St. Stythians

James Burns

11

10

Test Valley Brass

Keith Thomasson

5

11

Bratton Silver

Simon Carr

2

12

Bristol East & Kingswood

Martin Rogers

8

13

Launceston Town

Dave Shead

6

14

Hatherleigh Silver

Robin Wonnacott

13

15

Pillowell Silver

Ian Whitburn

1

Fourth Section

Date: Saturday 9th March 2013. Commence - 12 noon
Stage: The Arena
Test Piece: Devon Fantasy (Eric Ball)
Adjudicators: Brett Baker & Stephen Roberts
Qualification: The top three bands qualify for the National Finals

Section Four bands have the opportunity to play one of the works of a master of composition in this wonderful work of Eric Ball's - 'Devon Fantasy'.

Eric Ball was born in Bristol in 1903 to a Salvation Army family. A largely self-taught pianist and composer he always felt that his work was old fashioned. It has nevertheless stood the test of time and is as regularly performed now as it was some fifty years ago!

Ball was also a well-known and accomplished conductor, having conducted many of Britain's top bands with great success, the British Open contest three times with the great Manchester C.W.S. Band and in 1946 he conducted Brighouse and Rastrick to victory at the National Championships.

'Devon Fantasy' is a delightful four movement work, each movement depicting aspects of life in that beautiful conty with 'Moorland Song' conjuring up visions of the vast rolling and wild countryside of Dartmoor. 'The Fair', the second movement, describes the lively hustle and bustle of the village fair and one can hear the strains of 'Widdicombe Fair', the village from perhaps which Ball took his inspiration. A complete change of scene and style are to be found in the beautiful 'Quiet Village', portraying a picture of peace and tranquility in a village nestling in the rolling Devon Hills. The work ends with the 'Seafarers', reminding us of the county's long association with life at sea from pirates and merchantmen to warships and the modern day oil tankers.

POS

BAND

CONDUCTOR

PLAYED

1

Camborne Junior Contesting

Alan Pope

19

2

Wilton & District

Colin Herbert

18

3

Swindon Brass

Francis Cowley

12

4

South Molton Town

Gil Taylor

14

5

Corsham

Colin Hogg

6

6

Gosport Solent Brass

Steve Dunster

17

7

Chalford Academy

Steve Tubb

10

8

Weymouth Concert Brass

Adam Glynn

1

9

Spinnaker Brass

Mike Pennicote-Henrie

21

10

Nailsworth Silver

Paul McLaughlin

16

11

Shanklin Town Brass

Malcolm Lewis

4

12

Tiverton Town

David Boorer

7

13

Saltash Town

Marcus Leeverson Alleyne

11

14

Wincanton Silver

David Bertie

2

15

Okehampton Excelsior Silver

Richard Beardon

9

16

Torbay Brass

Lorna Wrycraft

5

17

Wellington Silver

Gordon Francis

15

18

Totnes

Mike Faro

20

19

Pendeen Silver

Darren Jenkin

13

20

Verwood B

Barry Harkcom

8

21

Lydney Town

Kevin Ford

21