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Contest Results: Aldbourne crowned South West Champions

Published in Contest on 2013-11-04 by Empty Chairs

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The 67th Annual Championships of the South West Brass Band Association were held at the Riviera International Conference Centre, Torquay on Saturday 2nd November 2013 where 26 bands competed in 6 sections, with the Aldbourne Band, conducted by David Johnson, taking the title of SWBBA Championship Band 2013 by winning a most competitive Open Section.

Once again Torquay proved to be a popular venue, which reflected in the high overall standard of music making and everybody enjoying the competitive but friendly atmosphere for which these Championships are noted. The Adjudicators, Jim Davies and Derek Renshaw, said “they had enjoyed an excellent day of quality music making, and performances in all sections of overall high standard, - a very well organised event at an excellent venue”.

A warm welcome was given to Kenneth Downie, composer of the Second section test-piece “Three Part Invention”. The trophies were presented by the Association’s Life Associate Member, Sue Richards, and guest Kenneth Downie.


Training Section

Test-Piece: Own choice of any music

  1. Gold Award - Saltash Training (Simon Manley)
  2. Gold Award - Launceston Training (Ann Brown)

Special Award for Best Instrumentalist - Percussion with Saltash Juniors

Youth Section

Test-Piece: Own Choice

  1. Gold Award - Mount Charles Youth (Jane Whitehead) (Malvern Suite/Philip Sparke)
  2. Silver Award - Soundhouse Youth Academy (Emma Heard) (Petit Suite de Ballet/EricBall)

Special Award for Best Instrumentalist - Solo Cornet with Mount Charles Youth

Fourth Section

Test-Piece - "Partita” by Edward Gregson

  1. Porthleven Town (Tom Bassett)
  2. South Molton Town (Gil Taylor)
  3. Pendeen Silver (David Hamilton)
  4. Tiverton Town (David Boorer)
  5. Okehampton Excelsior Silver (Richard Beardon)
  6. Totnes (Alan Wilmott)

Special Award for Best Set of Basses - Porthleven Town

Withdrawn: Saltash Town

Third Section

Test-Piece - Entertainments” by Gilbert Vinter

  1. Heyl Town (Shaun Marsden)
  2. Launceston Town (Jeremy Taylor)
  3. St Stythians (James Burns)

Special Award for Best Horn Section - Heyl Town

Second Section

Test-Piece - "Three Part Invention” by Kenneth Downie

  1. Sidmouth Town (Adrian Harvey)
  2. City of Bristol Brass (Kevin Robbins)
  3. Weston Brass (Tony Osborne)

Special Award for Best Instrumentalist - Flugel Horn with Sidmouth Town

Withdrawn    Downton

Open Section

Test-Piece "Own Choice”

  1. Aldbourne (David Johnson) (The Year of the Dragon/Philip Sparke)
  2. Camborne Town (Kevin Mackenzie) (On Alderley Edge/Peter Graham)
  3. Lanner & District Silver (Stuart Chappell) (Terra Australis/Martin Ellerby)
  4. Verwood Concert Brass (Kevin Smith) (Connotations/Edward Gregson)
  5. St Dennis (Darren Hawken) (English Heritage/George Lloyd)
  6. Michelmersh Silver (Melvin White) (Dances and Areas/Edward Gregson))
  7. Helston Town (Derek Johnston) (Kingdom of Dragons/Philip Harper)
  8. Shrewton Silver (Michael Dunford) (Kingdom of Dragons/Philip Harper)
  9. Lympstone South West Telecoms (Charles Fleming) (Prisms/Peter Graham)
  10. Hyde (Helen Kinder) (Pageantry/Herbert Howells)

Highest Placed First Section Band - Lanner & District Silver

Special Award for Best Cornet Player - Aldbourne

Withdrawn     Otterbourne Brass      Poole Borough

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