20 Nov 2017
The Senior Band is celebrating yet another fine performance and result after gaining 2nd place at the Leicestershire Brass Band Association contest. The result completes a stellar year on the contest field for the band with wins at the Shirebrook and Wychavon Entertainments contests, a third place at Bolsover, fourth place at the Area Contest and ninth in a huge and high-quality Butlin’s section, back in January.
Playing from a tricky number one draw, and therefore setting the standard of the fifteen-strong section, their performance of Philip Sparke’s ‘A London Overture’ immediately caught the ear of the adjudicator and audience.
Throughout his preparation for the contest, musical director Simon Gresswell set to pull all of the music out of Sparke’s busy score, clearly succeeding as adjudicator Chris Wormald commented ‘all nuances are in place’ on the second line of his remarks before summing up the performance by saying ‘overall, a hugely impressive performance, a fine band, an excellent MD and a very good performance of a great Sparke piece’.
The result marks a fine day for the Organisation, as just prior to the Senior Band taking to the stage for their performance, the Concert Band were awarded first place in the unregistered section.
After the contest, band chairman Ian Hayto commented:
‘This has been a truly remarkable year for the band. The turnaround from twelve months ago is incredible, but it has been done in a completely organic and sustainable way. We knew that a result in such a large and high-quality field was going to be a big ask from the dreaded number one draw, but we knuckled down and put a real marker in place. I have to give special credit to Simon, not just for this result, but for the whole year. His musical knowledge, determination and persistence in getting the band to play as he wants is great to see, and the results really do speak for themselves. Congratulations to the winners Kidlington, who actually followed us on. Clearly the standard was set and done in the first two performances!’
The band now move into the busy Christmas period, whilst also preparing the piece for the Butlin’s contest in early January. Their two main Christmas Concerts are in Hinckley on the 15th December and our traditional Enderby Concert on the 19th. With the band in such good form they will be ‘must see’ concerts.
Full result - courtesy of LBBA.org.uk
Adjudicator – Chris Wormald
Best Instrumentalist – Euphonium, Langley
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