Adjudicator:Michael Ball

Dynamics in the opening could have been a little more restrained with advantage and a little tension experienced at 1, though the playing grew in conviction at 2~3 and the build to 4 was effective.

Overall the playing had energy & commitment and gestures were generally well characterised if tonal shading could have been more subtle with a wider resource of colour ~ a number of less tidy passages detracting from overall promising playing.  Aim for greater breadth & expansiveness of approach to achieve real poise in fast tempo passages.

Some tension evident in the solo quartet and the solo sequence at 17~19 though the approach was always committed.

The Trombone solo at 20 could have enjoyed a more sustained sense of time though melodically charecterised overall.

Some quite effective playing in the Cornet/Euphonium duet with awareness of style.

The little scherzo at 22 tied together quite well though could dance on lighter feet.  Flugel/Trombone at 25 needed a little extra security.

The odd untidiness, but the hymn sequence at 26+ was generally effectively handled.

The final subito tempo vivo will benefit from more consistent precision in quaver detail.  Nevertheless, a number of promising aspects to the overall performance.

Michael Ball


Adjudicator:Geoffrey Whitham

Euphonium high G is sharp.  Fair amount of blips in the opening section.

3: Is more secure.  9/10 bars after 3 more clarity needed.

6: Is quite good, 8 is fairly clean

15: Euphonium good duo. Trio/Quartet OK.

16: Some looseness & intonation,  Rep & Horn OK.  Ensemble needs to be more sostenuto

19: Flugel OK.  20: Trombone could be more dynamic

21: Cornet and Euphonium play well together

22: Is clean.    25+ Still the blips abound

26: Nice shaping & phrasing.   29: Loose pick up Cornets

31:  Soprano & Baritone good but notes dropping off in chords

33:  Well done but still blips. 

You build to a good climax at 37 and ending is OK

The performance had a lot to commend but too many bruised notes did mar the overall performance.

Geoffrey Whitham



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6. PolySteel, Philip Harper, 1
7. Mount Charles, Nigel Weeks, 11
8. Ransome, Major Peter Parkes, 10
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15. BT, Mike Fowles, 2
16. Cwmaman Institute Silver (Tower Colliery), Jonathan Corry, 12
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18. Besses o' th' Barn, John Hinckley, 16
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British Open Brass Band Championship
86th Spring Festival ~ Grand Shield
Blackpool Winter Gardens
13th May 2006

Whitsun Wakes
Michael Ball

Conducted by David Roberts
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