British Open Brass Band Championship
92nd Spring Festival ~ Senior Cup
Blackpool Winter Gardens
12th May 2012


Martin Ellerby

Conducted by Huw Thomas
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Adjudicator:David Read

I could take more top Cornets to open.  I enjoy the general flow of the music to C.

C - Nice sound and well shaped a pity there are some insecure moments.

D - The ensemble becomes loose as we progress in your attempt to bring out the various subjects.

H - Neat but again there are some loose moments.  J - Good dynamics in opening bars.

Safely played by soloists the music flows well and I hear the various subjects if sometimes a little loose.

K - 3 Bars not accurate and ensemble is loose.  M - Excellent start to solo and then uncertainty.

N - Spirited playing throughout.  P - All musically shaped a pity about the uncertaintly at times.

R - Again a lovely start only to be spoiled by a mispitch.

This performance itself has been an enigma - beautiful playing for a few bars spoiled frequently by lapses in pitching.

Adjudicator:Paul Andrews

Bright opening, a little lower brass heavy together with Percussion.  

A - Has life and vitality but not always balanced.  C - Soloist line lacks ebb and flow at times.  

D - Not together rhythmically, problems getting details through D and up to G is full of energy and dynamics a little loud.  J - Flugel needs to control the vibrato a little and this section lacks in musicality.

K - There is a lot of dynamic detail being brought through this section.  

L - Rhythmic and articulate here well done!  M - Notionally not always correct Euphonium.

N - Melodic line gets passed across the section well and this is one of your best passages to date.

Some good Bass sounds.  P - Some good soloistic moments, some poor tuning occurs from time to time.

This is shaped very well MD but didn't always flow.  Errors have cost you dear today.

R - Some good moments.  S - All works here.  T - Fine.

U - Really nice sound and well balanced.  Big finish to end.

A performance that left me wanting more!  A well crafted performance by the MD whose Band only turned up occassionally today.

Thank you.

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