Live coverage of Butlin’s Open Brass Band Festival 2022 – 4barsrest


  • Saturday 8, 13:28:53

    Championship section:

    1. Desford (Michael Fowles)

    What a great opening. Precise, determined and with a weight of musical presence. The smallest of the slides on the flugel but the trombone solo that follows is masterful and the cones fit together well. What follows is martially majestic… pompous in the best sense of the word and with detail, clarity and bravery. Every now and then there’s a touch of magic from Kevin Crockford on the soprano… like a layer of frosting on a Christmas cake.

    Jim Fieldhouse’s sublime play on euphonium and the procession is deliciously dark and somber in its hues. Flugel excels and again those little touches of the soprano… so delicate.

    The transition to the final variation bristles with energy and the sudden increase in octane pulls us towards the end. What an end… ..a sound like an organ and so majestic in its musical conception.

    It has been a wonderful opening account from Desford, so detailed and filled with insight and musical mastery.

  • Saturday 8, 13:21:35

    Who is the “Peaky Blinder”?

  • Saturday 8, 13:12:17

    To design:

    Second part :

    Reds: Saturday
    Test piece of your choice
    Referee: Brett Baker
    Start: After the third section

    1. Shirland Welfare Band (Lynden Cooper)
    2. Bedford Town Band (Craig Patterson)
    3. Tewit Silver (Salle Martin)
    4. Stamford Brass (Julian Bright)
    5. CWA Brass (Gary Proctor)
    6. Tendring Brass (Anthony Saunders)
    7. City of Coventry Brass (David Nicholson)
    8. Waterbeach Brass (Andrew Kershaw)
    9. Harborough Band (Brad Turnbull)

    Took of:
    City of Helston (Kevin Johns)
    Ifton Mine (Steve Pugh-Jones)


  • Saturday 8, 13:06:44

    To design:

    Championship section:

    Central stage: Saturday
    Essay Piece: Paganini Variations (Philip Wilby)
    Referees: Stephen Roberts and Steve Sykes;

    1. Desford Coal Mine (Michael Fowles)
    2. Haverhill Silver (Paul Filby)
    3. Skelmanthorpe (Martin Heartfield)
    4. Redbridge Brass (Chris Bearman)
    5. Flowers (Paul Holland)
    6.GUS Group (Chris Jeans

  • Saturday 8, 13:04:36

    Third section:

    5. Dinnington Coal Mine (Jonathan Beatty)

    As with the other contenders today, we have another very well chosen piece that shows the strengths of a very well drilled band to a refined effect.

    Phil Harper’s “King of the Seven Heavens” is full of filmic excitement and lyrical interludes, full of color and contrast – all of which were displayed in full by the band – and in particular a few cute soloists. The middle leadership also had control and purpose, so everything hit its peak just at the right time.

    A great show from a group in a confident form.

  • Saturday 8, 12:33:36

    Third section:

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    3. Raunds Temperance (Jonathon Pippen)

    An evocative taste of Raunds’ Swiss Alps with a crisp take on Philip Sparke’s’ Kaleidoscope ‘- full of shock like a Tobelrone bar with its razor-sharp precision to structure and a tasty bite of musicality to boot.

    Well-chosen tempos are supported by dynamic variance and some great little solo features, including cornet solo, sop, and euph. Much to appreciate, even when the intonation becomes a little disjointed and capricious because the musicality is richly represented. The build to the end was done so well – calibrated in tempo and dynamics to complete a classy show.

    4. Welfare of Maltby Miners (Terry Clifford)

    We’ve got some great music choices here – and for something completely different, we get all the pizzazz and color of gorgeous “Hollywood!” By Goff Richard. – which jumps off the stage like the backing track to a Saturday morning image film. It’s such a smart writing – just pitched perfectly in style.

    The MD and his players really get into the spirit – from bags of excitement and driving pastiche Hermann to John Williams, from westerns to blockbuster music and even a bit of old Buster Keaton slapstick. Super perc provides the essential basis and the band and soloists play their part too – until the last encore.

    A great track and an excellent choice, played with passion and brilliance, despite the odd clip here and there. Maybe not an Oscar winner today but so much to enjoy.


  • Saturday 8, 12:02:16

    Third section:

    1. Hoover Bolton (Andrew Lofthouse)

    It’s a good start to the proceedings with Andrew Lofthouse getting lots of bold color and confident playing from his conductors on Philip Sparke’s “Music for a Festival”. It’s such a well-crafted piece – allowing each of the sections to shine – and they do, with polished solo lines added to it.

    They drove the fuse with the dynamics in just the right places – and the “Superman” tribute was awesome – a real flyer. A good choice, really well done.

    2. Whitworth Vale and Healey (Alan Widdop)

    The MD used all of his experience here and picked a track from Gareth Churcher’s “Episodes for Brass” that he knows his band can play well and to which he can add that extra shine of polish.

    Everything is going well – the great soloists and solid ensemble lines are a hallmark from start to finish. There was a new craze for the game supported by excellent attention to detail – especially dynamics.

  • Saturday 8, 12:02:12

    Third section:

    1. Hoover Bolton (Andrew Lofthouse)

    It’s a good start to the proceedings with Andrew Lofthouse getting lots of bold color and confident playing from his conductors on Philip Sparke’s “Music for a Festival”. It’s such a well-crafted piece – allowing each of the sections to shine – and they do too, with polished solo lines on top of that.

    They also mounted the bit with the dynamics in the right places – and the “Superman” tribute was awesome – a real flyer. A good choice, really well done.

    2. Whitworth Vale and Healey (Alan Widdop)

    The MD used all of his experience here and picked a track from Gareth Churcher’s “Episodes for Brass” that he knows his band can play well and to which he can add that extra shine of polish.

    Everything is going well – the great soloists and solid ensemble lines are a hallmark from start to finish. There was a new craze for the game supported by excellent attention to detail – especially dynamics.

  • Saturday 8, 11:32:20

    First section:

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    5. Staffordshire Group (Craig Williams)

    George Lloyd’s “Diversions on a Bass Theme” has a nice opening and there are some surprising variations in the dynamics giving the music both life and excitement.

    Just brief moments where he loses focus and the tempo wobbles slightly here and there, but there is a real commitment to it and an inner energy that runs through the weird fragility of the whole.

    The build up to the conclusion is handled well and there is a haunting evocation of the main bass and lower band theme that leads to the final hushed build to the final majestic statement.

    It was great to hear the music of George Lloyd this morning and it’s a performance that conveys both a powerful sound and a daring approach.

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  • Saturday 8, 11:18:41

    To design:

    Third section:

    Reds: Saturday
    Test piece of your choice
    Referee: Jim Davies
    Start: After the fourth section

    1. Hoover Bolton (Andrew Lofthouse)
    2. Whitworth Vale and Healey (Alan Widdop)
    3. Raunds Temperance (Jonathon Pippen)
    4. Well-being of Maltby’s miner (Terry Clifford)
    5. Dinnington Coal Mine Band (Jonathon Beatty)

    Retired: Towcester Studio (Peter Wain)


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