June 20, 2006

Whit Friday Adjudications

Here are some of the adjudicators comments, as far as I can tell through the illegible scrawl that is adjudicators' handwriting:

Dobcross:–
Loose to open in ensemble semiquavers! Solo cornet also loose on semiquavers! Tuning good in lower band. Cornets as a section not well in tune! Dynamics very good. Sop plays well. 2nd time. Why rush the simple quavers of bar 4! Basic control! Good to close – but again, rush on the simple parts
(all exclamation marks are as Mr Kevin Wadsworth wrote it)

Grotton:–
Good opening with good sounds, nice cornet, misses in nervous sections and playing at times is untidy. Dynamics are rather safe, bass solo good sounds, but short note values, upper band well done.
Trio, nice euphs, some neat playing from cornets, final section not always secure, missed notes and intonation suffers in upper band. DC, better generally this time, but (squiggle) misses in (p) section (ff) section tempo is pushy, bass solo gets untidy but a precise finale. Thank you

Lees:–
Tuning worries and ensemble not as tight as it could be. Soloist b i'm afraid – you sound happiest at H. Bass solo rushing? Nice middle band tune at trio and background work is good. Soprano enjoys last strain – listen to the rest of the band" it all sounds a touch panic stricken – more time is needed to play with a bit more consideration! Thank you!

Uppermill:–
A rather nervous start. A pity about the glitches that were heard. Tempo tended to fluctuate. Basses could be stronger in trio– nice euphonium here. Balance could be better especially before DC. A sensible choice of march for this band.
(That was from Uncle Goff btw)

Lydgate went with a more standardised system and we got marked :–
Performance – Fair
Sections: Cornets – attention required
Horns – fair
Bari/Euph – fair
Troms – fair
Basses – fair
Use of dynamics/musicianship – fair/attention required
Intonation – fair/attention required
Start was together but intonation was not good. As you progress the cornets sound laboured in semiquaver sections. Bass solo passage quite good.

I'll put them up on the board in the MC foyer, and also post any more up here.


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  1. soprano did enjoy the last strain… maybe too much

    not really sure what he means though :–s

    21 Jun 2006, 00:36

  2. Matt Shields

    In the Lees comments…

    Is the "b" in "Soloist b i'm afraid" a flat sign rather than a b?

    21 Jun 2006, 00:37

  3. It could mean any number of things if it's referring to my solos… "Bad", "Bollocks" or "Bloody awful" spring to mind. It was the first one though and I hadn't played it as a solo before that day. Ah well… I guess we knew we weren't going to do very well, but it's still a tad gutting to be told "you were crap", "you were crap" over and over again.

    21 Jun 2006, 00:54

  4. Just thought I'd add… I still maintain the Lydgate adjudication was harsh. I have a video of that, and apart from the beginning of the trio where the Euph seemed to be playing in a different key to the horn (no offence to anyone meant there, I'll show you the video if you want), I didn't think we were that bad there.

    21 Jun 2006, 00:56

  5. What the hell? An adjudicator listening to the basses???

    21 Jun 2006, 08:54

  6. "nice euphs"

    "nice middle band"

    "nice euphonium"

    there was only one of me and i was pissed!!!! gettin!!!!!

    21 Jun 2006, 10:41


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