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Local Brass to Preview Preparations in Contest Countdown

Three leading local brass bands will feature music from different eras as they take to the stage this Sunday, February 17th, as they preview their preparations for the Midlands Regional Brass Band Championships taking place in March in a ‘Contest Countdown’ event at Kirkby in Ashfield’s Festival Hall starting at 7.15 pm.

Local Brass to Preview Preparations in Contest Countdown

Each participating brass band will play a selection of music including a performance of their selected work for the regional championships.

Long Eaton Silver Prize Band will perform first with the brass band transcription of First Suite in E Flat by Gustav Holst, originally written in 1909 but not performed until 1920.

Shirland Welfare Brass Band (Butlins Mineworkers national champions) will follow with a selection including Rise of the Phoenix written in 2007 for the Clifton & Lightcliffe band by Darrol Barry, a popular brass band composer and arranger who sadly died in 2018.

Respected adjudicator Jim Davies will give his feedback on the performances before taking the baton to lead Newstead Brass in Symphony of Marches, composed by brass luminary Gilbert Vinter and initially used for the 1964 regional championships.

Doors open at 7.00pm and all are welcome. Admission is by donation (suggested minimum £2) and refreshments will be available.

A Newstead band spokesman explained, “Brass band competitions are part of the life-blood of brass banding providing impetus for new compositions and driving bands to higher standards of performance. This event allows everyone the chance to get a glimpse of that as well as helping the bands with their preparations by playing the piece in front of an audience and adjudicator. Each band will also give an insight into how they are preparing the pieces and / or play a short programme of music from their wider repertoire.”

Local Brass to Preview Preparations in Contest Countdown