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:
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)
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
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!
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.
June 11, 2006
Whit Friday Results 2006
Writing about web page http://www.whitfriday.brassbands.saddleworth.org/winrs.htm
Don't have the time at the moment to do analysis I'm afraid. If someone else wants to, you can find the previous years stats at http://www.davidsait.co.uk/wf2005.htm
N.B. Leeds appeared to only play in 3 contests. Like us, they were at Delph. They came 54th.
If you have photographs from the day, please leave a comment telling us where they are. I know both Bruce and Ben have them on their Facebook profiles.
May 25, 2006
PhotosAs promised, the assorted random photos taken yesterday are in the gallery marked 'publicity shots' on the left.
Apologies for all dodgy camera work (inability to focus etc)
May 03, 2006
8th April 2006
Writing about web page http://www.8april2006.co.ukOn the 8th April 2006 David Bolton and Ali Key were married at St Mary's Church, Lapworth.
To my knowledge, this is the first wedding where both the Bride and the Groom were at one point members of Brasssoc.
The photo below is taken in the churchyard and shows the happy couple together with Brasssoc members past and present (and Stu Griffiths).
March 16, 2006
Excellent basses as always I see…..
Writing about web page http://www.4barsrest.com/articles/2006/art558a.asp
4barsrest have just published their Midlands Area review. I quote:
The surprise of the day though rested with the students from University of Warwick's Brass Society. We were simply aghast at finding out how low they'd been placed, having written comments such as "good bold opening phrase", "nicely controlled tempo which keeps moving well" and "lovely solid bass foundation that makes the band's sound so much better", 12th place seemed very harsh indeed. In fact looking through the notes again, it's hard to see a critical remark made on the day other than "a shade inconsistent".
March 13, 2006
Real Ale Festival Photos
Writing about web page http://realale.warwickcompsoc.co.uk/gallery/2005-2006/festival/dirindex.htmlPhotos from all three nights of the Warwick Real Ale Festival are now up on their website. See the link above.
March 12, 2006
Areas PhotosAs usual I managed to take quite a few photos in Burton yesterday and I've uploaded some of them on to my blog for your viewing pleasure!
Coventry Beer Festival
Follow-up to Coventry Beer Festival from BrassSoc's Blog
This is an open invitation to all Brasssoc members and friends to join us at the Coventry Beer Festival, from 6pm on Friday 24th March.
As the No.12 bus doesn't get that close to the Butts Arena, I suggest we all meet outside the Royal Bengal (how's that for a landmark!) at 5:45pm to walk down together.
The festival usually does food (pies, etc.) and after the bar closes we will seek out curry, no doubt.
March 09, 2006
Midlands Regional Predictions
Writing about web page http://www.4barsrest.com/articles/2006/art551a.asp4barsrest.com have their predctions up for the 3rd section Midlands area. Be sure to check out our writeup and also their predictions at the bottom of the page.