The band made the long haul journey to Evesham to participate in the Wychavon Festival of Brass entertainment contest alongside 15 other bands in the championship section from all across the country. It was decided to take the audience on a celtic journey for 20 minutes with a selection from Cry of the Celts by Ronan Hardiman mixed in with Bill Geldard’s arrangement for solo trombone of Londonderry Air (played by the band’s very own Thomas Ireland), ‘Activate’ by Matthew Hall & Shostakovitch’s Folk Festival. Results timecame & we were delighted to win the “most entertaining band” award & encouraged to learn that we
had been placed 5th overall.
Musical Director Andrew Porter added “I always say that the perfromance is critical, how does it engage with a fee paying audience? Get them clapping and keep them clapping was a lesson I learnt once and I guess it paid off. However the awards and the thrill from the Wychavon performance would not have been possible without the collective buy in to the programme and ideas within and the application in all rehearsals by the members of the band. At times yesterday we did things on stage that were scintillating, it was thrilling to be part of and I am so proud of the band”
The band can now concentrate on its preparations for its Christmas concert at St Paul’s Camberly on the 16th December, along with a number of contests in the early part of next year.