Weston went bold as brass at the weekend

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By Carol_Deacon | Monday, May 20, 2013, 15:00

Brass bands from all over the country played in a weekend competition at Weston.

The Winter Gardens was packed on Sunday to hear the silver sounds from a wide repertoire.

In the joint championship/first section, Sandhurst Silver conducted by Ian McElligott took the Town Mayor's Cup and the £200 first prize thanks to a fine performance of Tallis Variations.

It proved good enough to just pip Leicestershire Co-operative's well delivered rendition of Royal Parks, with rising star Harry Lear, aged just 13, claiming the Bill Buzza Memorial Award as the best solo cornet.

Third place went to Lympstone SW Telecoms with their performance of Journey Into Freedom.

There was real West of England battle in the second section, where Cornish challengers St Keverne directed by Gareth Churcher claimed the Bailey Trophy and £150 first prize with a reprise of the recent area set work, The Plantagenets.

Paul Villers was presented with the Fred Trego Memorial Trophy as best euphonium after catching the ear of adjudicator David Thornton.

AW Parker (Drybrook) entered into the seaside musical spirit with a well delivered performance of Oceans to come runner-up, with Cheltenham qualifiers Pendennis Brass Falmouth ending third on Trittico.

Welsh challengers Pontypool Brass rounded off a busy contest weekend by crossing the Severn Bridge to claim victory in the third section under the baton of horn star Owen Farr.

They put behind them the disappointment of coming out of the prizes at the Ebbw Vale contest 24 hours earlier by giving a commanding reprise of Land Of The Long White Cloud to claim the Sun Life Stanshawe Award and the £100 first prize.

Thomas Coaches Mid Rhondda also reprised their Ebbw Vale own choice selection of Kaleidoscope to come runner-up for the second time in two days with their experienced bass section taking the W Hurst Memorial Trophy for their fine individual efforts. 

Bratton Silver was third playing Chorale And Toccata.

The fourth section contest played out to recent area form with South Molton under the direction of Gil Taylor claiming the Weston Super Mare Trophy and £100 first prize thanks to their well delivered reprise of A Devon Fantasy.

Corsham Borough's solid rendition of A Salford Sinfonietta saw them snatch second place from Tiverton's Four Cities Symphony, with the band's principal cornet Tina Pillivant taking the best instrumentalist award.

The prizes were presented by Council of West of England Brass Band Associations secretary-elect Susan Oldfield and North Somerset Council chairman Alan McMurray.

Thanks to the glorious weather and slick organisation from John Woods and Brian Elliott of SWBBA and stewarding support from members of Weston Brass, the hall was packed with listeners throughout the day.

Full results

Championship Section/First Section: 

Adjudicator: David Thornton

1. Sandhurst Silver (Ian McElligott) - 195

2. Leicestershire Co-operative (Graham Jacklin) - 194

3. Lympstone SW Telecoms (Charles Fleming) -192

4. Llwydcoed - 191

5. Hyde - 190

6. Verwood Concert Brass - 189

7. Forest of Dean - 188

8. Lewis Merthyr - 187

Best cornet player: Harry Lear (Leicestershire Co-operative)

Second Section:

Adjudicator: David Thornton

1. St Keverne (Gareth Churcher) - 192

2. AW Parker (Drybrook) (Josh Ruck) - 191

3. Pendennis Brass Falmouth (Steve Thomas) - 188

4. Bream Silver - 186

5. City Of Bristol - 185

6. Soundhouse Brass - 184

Blaenavon Town (disqualified)

Best euphonium: Paul Villers (St Keverne)

Third Section:

Adjudicator: Chris Wormald

1. Pontypool Brass (Owen Farr) - 188 

2. Thomas Coaches Mid Rhondda (A F Gibbs) - 187

3. Bratton Silver (Simon Carr) - 185

4. Newport Borough - 184

5. Ynyshir - 183

6. Pillowell Silver - 181

Best Bass Section: Thomas Coaches Mid Rhondda 

Fourth Section:

Adjudicator: Chris Wormald

1. South Molton (Gil Taylor) - 176

2. Corsham (Colin Hogg) - 174 

3. Tiverton Town (David Boorer) - 173

4. Malvern Hills District Brass - 172

5. Totnes - 171

Best soloist: Tina Pillivant (cornet) -Tiverton Town

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