Regional Championships Success – Promotion and a place at the National Finals
Milton Keynes Brass were awarded third prize in a large field of 18 bands in the second section, at the contest on Sunday, March 18. MK Brass Band Playing a new piece called Ex Terra Lucem, by Jonathan Bates, the band gave a great performance featuring solos for Matt Ball (cornet) and George Bruce (euphonium). As a result, the band have now been promoted to the first section and will play at the National Finals in Cheltenham in September.
MD, Jonathan Mott, said: “The band has worked very hard and maintained consistently good results over the last 12 months resulting in an appearance at the national finals and promotion. 12 months ago we had a plan to achieve this and it’s nice to see this coming to fruition.”
Great result at Butlins.
We made our way to Skegness for the weekend to take part in The Butlins Mineworkers National Open Brass Band Festival on 13th January. The second section test piece was Variations for Brass Band by Ralph Vaughan Williams, a significant challenge for bands in this section. With limited preparation time after the Christmas break, the band work hard, putting in a lot of extra work to be ready for the contest. A short rehearsal on Friday evening at the Skegness Silver Band’s rehearsal room helped us to experience the piece in a very different acoustic.
Saturday morning and time for the draw. Being drawn second meant a quick rehearsal and then off to register. The band played well, starting the piece particularly well and continuing with some great playing from all sections of the band. Nicely played solos from Matt Ball and George Bruce and a good solid foundation from the basses.
Now for the long wait for the results. Having worked very hard on this piece we were hoping for a good result and were extremely pleased when we were awarded second place, beating a number of bands that that had beaten us in recent contests. There were some good comments from the adjudicators praising many aspects of our performance:
‘You captured the varying moods well. Bravo!’ (Alan Morrison). ‘This was a very fine performance with some very fine players.’ (Paul Andrews).
A great start to our year of contesting.
Our Next MK Brass Appearances…
Sunday 11th November 10:30am – Remembrance Parade – Newport Pagnell High Street
Saturday 17th November 3:55pm – INTU Central Milton Keynes – Christmas Lights Switch on
Sunday 18th November – Leicestershire Brass Band Association Contest.
We return to Loughborough for our last contest of the year.
Friday 30th November 6:15pm – Newton Blossomville Christmas Lights Switch on
Saturday 1st December 2:45pm – Lights of Love for Willen Hospice
At the Ridgeway Centre, Featherstone Drive, Wolverton Mill.
Saturday 1st December 6:30pm – Summerhayes, Great Linford Christmas Lights Switch on
A spectacular community light show for Christmas.
Saturday 8th December 4:30pm – Carols in Milton keynes Village
Community carols in Milton Keynes Village Hall, Willen Road.
Saturday 8th December7:30pm – Christmas Concert, United Reformed Church. Newport Pagnell
Sunday 9th December 4:00pm – Carols Two Mile Ash
Saturday 15th December 9:00am- 12:00 – Carols at Waitrose, Oakgrove
Saturday 15th December 7:00pm – Christmas Concert Hanslope Church
Come and join us for our annual Christmas concert in this wonderful church.
Sunday 16th December 6:00pm – Carols at Trinity Methodist Church , Leighton Buzzard
Tuesday 18th December 6:45pm – Loughton Manor First School Nativity Concert
At The Church of Christ The Cornerstone, Central Milton Keynes