West of England Bandsmen's Festival 2013 - Review of Bugle Contest
Published in Contest on 2013-06-17 by Empty Chairs
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The sun shone as twenty two Bands marched and played at this open air Competition in the heart of Cornwall. For the 89th time the Bands marched through the village of Bugle to the Contest Field, whilst being judged for their Deportment on the way. The seven Sections of the Festival were judged by Philip Harper, who composed two of the Test Pieces and is Conductor of The Cory Band, who are graded as the top Brass Band in the World.
A large audience crowded the field to hear the Bands, who were praised by Philip Harper and by the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Colonel Edward Bolitho OBE, who attended to present The Royal Trophy, on behalf of the Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, whose Great Uncle, the then Prince of Wales, had given this unique Trophy to the Festival 100 years ago in 1913.
In presenting the Trophy to the St Austell Band, winners of the Championship Section, Colonel Bolitho passed on the best wishes of His Royal Highness to the Band and a special Certificate, signed by His Royal Highness to mark their achievement.
He also presented the Bolitho Challenge Shield, given to the Festival in 1922 by his Family, to the St Pinnock Band, prize winners in the First Section.
Among the many young musicians taking part, as members of the St Austell Youth Band, were Ieuan and Lamorna Richards, whose Great Great Grandfather, F J P Richards, was the founding Secretary of the Festival in 1912.