Mon 20 Jan 2014
Great Start To New Contesting Season

The band played brilliantly this weekend at the Butlin's Mineworkers Brass Band Championships.

Playing off a number 4 draw, the band had played by 11am, and had put in an excellent performance of Paul Lovatt-Cooper's Vitae Aeternum in the 1st Section competition. The audience listening certainly felt the band played well as they erupted at the end of the piece with even the banding press commenting on how well received it was by the audience. 4BarsRest reported the band as delivering a 'Heart on Sleeve' account of the set piece, with effective playing on display and lots of controlled dynamics.

The performance must have stuck in the minds of the two adjudicators, Frank Renton & Derek Southcott, as after all twenty two bands had played in the 1st section (over 5 hours after Poynton band had played), they still awarded the band with the 2nd Prize worth £1000.

Many thanks to Neil Samuel for his hard work preparing and rehearsing the band for this contest. Many of the band came off stage with the opinion that it was the best performance the band had given in many years, and in the wise words of Alan Lawton after we played "I wouldn't want to be in the band following that performance!"

Now to start looking towards the North-West Regional Championships where another good result could see us back into the Championship section for 2015, and hopefully at the National Finals later on this year.

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