Newstead Brass Press On Towards Corby

February 20, 2022
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February 20, 2022 Mike Allcock

Newstead Brass Carols 2021 PhotoNewstead Brass is preparing for their first ‘Midland area’ contest back in the Championship section after securing promotion by winning the 2020 first section title.

Continuing use of Bedworth Civic Hall as a Covid Vaccination Centre means the championships move to the Core at Corby, split over two weekends with the First and Second sections on 26th February, Third and Championship sections on 27th February and the Fourth section on 6th March 2022.

All Championship section bands are playing the set work ‘Contest Music’ by Wilfrid Heaton, a piece considered too difficult when it was first written in 1973 and not used in UK competition until 1982.  

Newstead’s preparations have been helped with feedback gained from performances at a ‘test piece preview’ night organised by the Shirebrook band on  February 11th and the North East Midlands Brass Band Association (NEMBBA) Contest on February 13th where the band gained third place and the award for best Soprano Cornet. 

The return to the contest stage comes after a Christmas season in which the band performed at ‘Christmas Proms’ at Woodborough, alongside the Ackworth Choir in Wakefield Cathedral and with the Mansfield Male Voice Choir in Mansfield. This latter appearance was made with less than a week’s notice after the band originally engaged had to withdraw, in the words of the choir ‘saving Christmas’.  Ensembles from the band also supported Christmas light switch ons, Carol services, Christmas markets and other events.

After the area contest, the band look forward to the spring and summer concert season which will include a number of appearances linked to the Queens’ Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

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