British Open Brass Band Championship
89th Spring Festival ~ Senior Cup
Blackpool Winter Gardens
9th May 2009

Herbert Howells

Conducted by Alan Morrison
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Adjudicator:Frank Renton

1. King's Herald

Good attempt to get the detail right - spoiled rather in bar 7.  It then progresses well.

5.+5 - If you are going to do this the cymbal clash in 5.+6 needs to be more dramatic.

Good to the end but last bar not quite right - the two notes need to be more equal.

2. Cortege.

Good Soloists - Not always as even and majestic as a Cortege might be.

Not always rhythmically exact.  Good finish - Well done everyone.

3. Jousts.

Solo Cornet good style but mis-pitches rather detract from the effect.

This all continues quite well and then is some good playing.

13.+5 "Courage Mon Brave" (3/4 bar) - Well done.

Good finish with a sense of sfp

Some really good moments to overall performance marred though by some moments of carlessness - But nice music making.

Thank you

Frank Renton
9 May 2009.

Adjudicator:Dr Roger Webster

1. King's Herald

Solid start - with the odd over keen player 'soloing' in bar 6 (not a problem!)

Very good into 7.

Some very good playing - note lengths not always 100%

2. Cortege.

Very well balanced and played to start

Horn and Cornet - Such good style and sound

Do not let vib detract for either music or pitch.

Good Soprano!

Beautiful to close.

3. Jousts.

Opens well - more air (for me) would make this safer and more stylistically accurate.

11. Take care with phrase ends.

Nice to hear 13.+5 correct (1st of the day!)

Good dynamics.

Very good (and neat) to close.

Many thanks,

Dr Roger B Webster
9 May 2009.

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