We are over the moon to take first palce at the North of England Championships today, at the Gala Theatre in Durham, adjudicated by Michael Fowles and John Roberts.
- Spennymoor Town (Fiona Casewell)*
- Tewit Silver (Martin Hall)*
- Trimdon Concert Brass (David Kinross)
- Burneside Brass (Dave Higson)
- Lanchester (Tom Yates)
- Marske (Nigel Barnes)
- Penrith Town (Chris Torn)
- Craghead Colliery (Alan Fernie)
* Qualify for National Final
Best Cornet: Soprano (Spennymoor Town)
Best Euphonium: Spennymoor Town
Youngest Player: Spennymoor Town
This means we are on our way to the National Brass Band Finals of Great Britain.
Good opening sounds from Spennymoor, confidently setting sail. March is a bit steady but rhythmically secure. There are nice touches of dynamic contrast – well led this. The ragtime has a bit of style to it - and they dance along nicely. Pacific Paradise shows nice lines and solid solo lines. They’re working hard to give some shape and flow to the music, and finding some of the quieter dynamics in the process. Not without a few mishaps on the way, but the young principal cornet players delivers his lines with ease! On the homeward leg now – a bit pedestrian in pace but all is well under control. The waltz bowls along nicely and we can hear some really tidy ensemble. Back to our opening theme now – almost home. A good show from Spennymoor with solid solo lines and a good reading from the MD. Well done.
Anne Crookston, British Bandsman
What a difference a year makes. Spennymoor make a lovely sound and are well within the frame with a cracking little reading. Congrats to Fiona Casewell on her area debut conducting.