On Sunday 28th January the band competed at the Brass at the Guild Contest held at the Preston Guild Hall. We chose to play the demanding 'Odyssey' by Kevin Norbury, which is the set work for the North West Area Championships contest held in Blackpool in a few weeks time.
The band were placed fourth by adjudicator Paul Andrews, out of a strong field of seven championship section bands. The best euphonium prize was awarded to our solo euphonium player Giacomo Marcocig. Giacomo is from Italy and is currently studying his masters degree at the RNCM in Manchester. It was Giacomo's very first contest with the band, having only moved to the UK in September.
Adjudicator: Paul Andrews
1. City of Bradford (Lee Skipsey)
2. Thoresby Colliery (Ian McElligott)
3. Milnrow (Christopher Binns)
4. Longridge (Mark Peacock)
5. Hammonds Saltaire (Morgan Griffiths)
6. Hatfield (Stan Lippeatt)
7. Newstead Brass (Jim Davies)
British Open Spring Festival Qualification: City of Bradford
Best Soloist: David Karran (principal cornet) — City of Bradford
Best Basses: City of Bradford
Best Euphonium: Giacomo Marcocig (Longridge)
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Thank you to everyone who supported the band in 2017, especially all of our generous corporate, business and personal patrons. It was another successful year for the band, and we are already looking forward to upcoming events this year.
At our Christmas concert, two important awards were presented:
The Bill Bigley award is presented every year at this concert, and is voted for by the members of the band. For the second year running this was deservedly awarded to Janet Clegg. Janet is a member of the committee and also works hard with the junior band, as well as organising the music library!
A special award was presented to Andrew Fordham by the Longridge Council. Andrew has completed 40 years’ service with the band, and has marched on every Remembrance parade, not missing a single one in 40 years. A fantastic achievement, and commitment.
On Saturday 15th July the band staged its popular proms concert at the Longridge Civic Hall. The concert was once again a sell out, and featured many soloists, presentations, and our fantastic Junior band who performed in the first half. Soprano soloist Louise Coupe expertly led our finale pieces and the programme included the traditional pieces Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia.
The first presentation was the Mike Cotter award, which is presented annually by the MD. This year Mark Peacock presented the award to our solo horn player John Dickinson. John switched from cornet to tenor horn over twelve months ago, and has impressed everyone with his playing in concerts and contests this year.
Sadly this was the last concert for two popular members. James Kenny, our Eb bass player. James has a new job in Plymouth starting in September. Our percussionist Matthew Littlehales, is also leaving the band to study at University.
We welcomed three new players to the band at this concert. Holly Clark joins us on principal cornet from the Horwich RMI Band. Holly wowed the audience with her performance of Carlos Cardel’s Tango, performed without any sheet music. The band also welcomed Peter MacGlashan who joins on third cornet from Old Hall Brass, and Rob Thomson on Eb Bass. The band are now taking a short break for Summer, but will resume rehearsals soon to prepare our programme for the Bolsover Entertainment competition on the 1st of October.
The band once again competed at the Whit Friday March contests on Friday 9th June. This year we chose to play the march Ravenswood, and we visited seven villages in the Saddleworth area. To our surprise, our cornet player Peter Littlehales also featured on the front cover of Denshaw’s programme. See below for results and a few pictures from the evening.
Delph 24/ 81
Denshaw 17/ 59
Greenfield 9/ 69
Lees 10/ 42
Lydgate 17/ 74
Scouthead 13/ 69
Uppermill 10/ 51
Our next concert is our popular Patrons’ Request Concert on Saturday 18th March at Longridge Civic Hall.
We’ve already had some excellent suggestions, but if you are a patron, and would like to request a piece of music then please use the form on the contact page here. If possible, include some reasons why you want the piece performed. Our musical director, Mark Peacock will select the final programme.
If you are short of ideas, have a look at brassband.co.uk where you can search for thousands of pieces available for brass band. We will need all requests as soon as possible in order to obtain the sheet music and rehearse them for the concert.
Although not mentioned on the poster, there is free entry as usual to all of our current patrons, just turn up on the night!
If you are not currently a patron, and are interested in supporting the band please see our ‘become a patron’ page.
The band competed in the North West Area Contest held at the Blackpool Winter Gardens on Sunday 26th February. This was our first time in the Championship section at this contest for a number of years. This is arguably one of the toughest contests, against some of the finest bands in the North West. When it came to the results, we were placed 9th. Our congratulations go to Foden's, Milnrow and the Fairey band who will represent the North West at the National Finals in London later in the year. Full results below:
Test Piece: Pageantry (Herbert Howells)
Adjudicators: David Lancaster and Dr Roger Webster
1. Foden's (Prof Nicholas Childs)*
2. Milnrow (Mark Bentham)*
3. Fairey (Garry Cutt)**
4. Co-operative Funeralcare North West (Jeff Sparkes)
5. Ashton-Under-Lyne (Philip Chalk)
6. Wingates (Paul Andrews)
7. Leyland (Thomas Wyss)
8. Vernon Building Society Poynton (Stig Maersk)
9. Longridge (Mark Peacock)
10. Diggle (Steven Walsh)
11. Roberts Bakery (Simon Stonehouse)
12. Blackburn & Darwen (Neil Samuel)
*Foden's and Milnrow qualify for National Finals
We are now busy preparing music for our Patrons' request concert which is held at the Longridge Civic Hall on Saturday 18th March. Tickets are £9, available on the door. There is also free entry to all of our current Patrons. Mark has now finalised the programme, and we are looking forward to what promises to be a great evening.
On Sunday 29th January, we competed at the Brass at the Guild Contest, which is held in the Preston Guild Hall. This was not only our first contest of the year, but our first contest after our promotion into the Championship section. We were awarded fourth place overall by adjudicator Michael Fowles, against a strong field of bands from the North West and Yorkshire. Full results below.
Test Pieces: Pageantry (Howells) or Butlins own-choice
Adjudicator: Michael Fowles
1. Hatfield (Stan Lippeatt)
2. Milnrow (Matthew Brown)
3. Wingates (Paul Andrews)
4. Longridge (Mark Peacock)
5. City of Bradford (Lee Skipsey)
6. Hepworth (Leigh Baker)
7. Thoresby Colliery (Ian McElligott)
8. Blidworth Welfare (Martin Heartfield)
9. Easington Colliery (Ian Robinson)
Best Soloist: Iain Culross (cornet) — Milnrow
Best Euphonium: Simon Willis (Hatfield)
Best Basses: Hatfield
Winning Conductor: Stan Lippeatt