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Northern Counties Open Contest 2014 Report/Results
Bon Accord Silver see off local rivals to be crowned Northern Counties champions.


BON ACCORD SILVER BAND held off the challenge of local rivals Granite City Brass to take victory in a closely-fought Northern Counties Open Contest on Saturday.

Thirteen bands took to the stage in Kinross, keeping the audience entertained with a real variety of programmes and some fine playing throughout the day.

The champions, under the baton of Stephen Malcolm, opened their "well judged" programme with a exhilarating rendition of Peter Graham's ‘Phoenix', next featuring Mark Boyd as trombone soloist in the evocative Adrian Drover arrangement of ‘My Funny Valentine' - drawing praise from adjudicator Anne Crookston as "so accomplished and musically phrased" and "sensitively accompanied" by the band. Howard Snell's exuberant treatment of Darius Milhaud's ‘Scaramouche Brasileira' was to follow, offering a showcase for the band's percussion section who went on to claim the trophy for Best Percussion for the second consecutive year. An electrifying performance of the Greek dance ‘Zeibekikos' from Philip Wilby's Euphonium Concerto (complete with plate-smashing!) was enough to convince the adjudicator to award the day's Best Soloist prize to Richard Kidd, before the set concluded with a rousing ‘MacArthur Park'. To add to the smiles on the trip back to Aberdeen, the band also took home the Best NCBBA Band and Best First Section trophies, while soprano player Mark James completed the impressive haul of silverware by scooping the Best Soprano award.

In their previous meeting at this year's Scottish First Section Championships, Granite City Brass had led home an Aberdonian 1-2, with Bon Accord having to settle for the runners-up spot. However, on this occasion the tables were turned, and although conductor Bruce Wallace's "well thought-through" set saw them collect the Most Entertaining Programme prize, it was to be their only consolation on the day. They first drew praise from the adjudicator for their "excellent" control during two unconducted openers - the classic Samuel B. Wood march ‘The West Riding' and slow euphonium solo ‘Reverend Archie Beaton' played by Lewis Catto. With conductor now back at the helm there followed the dynamic 4th movement of Martin Ellerby's ‘Evocations' and the Trevor Sharpe trombone trio ‘Blades of Toledo' featuring Kenny Hamilton, Pauline Carroll and Martin Neale. Howard Snell's popular arrangement of ‘The Appian Way' from Respighi's ‘Pines of Rome' provided a dramatic conclusion to what Anne Crookston described in her adjudication as a "great show" offering "great variety".

Rounding off the podium positions and taking the Best Non-NCBBA Band trophy back to Ayrshire were Alan Cameron and Newmilns & Galston, with the adjudicator saying that only a few blips, clips and minor intonation issues had eventually separated the top three placings. The band opened with Howard Snell's lively arrangement of Tchaikowsky's Cossack Dance from the opera ‘Mazeppa', before Principal Cornet Douglas Cameron starred in the moving Adagio from Rachmaninoff's Second Symphony, arranged for soloist by Ray Farr. Philip Sparke's ‘Mountain Song' and the day's second rendition of ‘Phoenix' rounded off their performance.

Fresh from their recent Europeans experience, the ever-improving Tullis Russell Mills under Paul Drury led home the pack in fourth place, just pipping a spirited Shotts St Patrick's to the Best Second Section award. Mark Good's Renfrew Burgh produced an encouraging performance to see off higher section opposition en route to the Third Section prize, while Buckhaven & Methil finished off the day's awards as Best Fourth Section band.
Full Results:

1) Bon Accord Silver (Stephen Malcolm) Draw 2 - 94pts
2) Granite City Brass (Bruce Wallace) Draw 13 - 93
3) Newmilns & Galston (Alan Cameron) Draw 6 - 92
4) Tullis Russell Mills (Paul Drury) Draw 5 - 90
5) Shotts St Patrick's (Michael Marzella) Draw 10 - 89
6) Renfrew Burgh (Mark Good) Draw 11 - 88
7) City of Discovery (Scott Findlater) Draw 3 - 87
8) Perthshire Brass (George D. Annan) Draw 4 - 86
9) Tullis Russell Intermediate (Steven Craig) Draw 8 - 85
10) Buckhaven & Methil (David Neil) Draw 9 - 83
11) Bon Accord B (Robert Fraser) Draw 7 - 82
12) Newland Concert (Paul McKelvie MBE) Draw 1 - 81
13) Highland Brass (Mark Bell) Draw 12 - 80
Kingdom B w/d

Best 1st section - Bon Accord Silver
Best 2nd section - Tullis Russell
Best 3rd section - Renfrew Burgh
Best 4th section - Buckhaven & Methil

Best NCBBA Member Band - Bon Accord Silver
Best Non-NCBBA Band - Newmilns & Galston

Most Entertaining Programme - Granite City Brass
Best Percussion - Bon Accord Silver
Best Soprano - Mark James, Bon Accord Silver
Best Soloist - Richard Kidd, Bon Accord Silver
Winning Conductor - Stephen Malcolm, Bon Accord Silver

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The Northern Counties Brass Band Association holds its annual Open Entertainment Contest this Saturday 24th May at Loch Leven Community Campus in Kinross, Perthshire.

RESULTS
NCBBA Open Contest Full Results
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Adjudicator: Anne Crookston

1) Bon Accord Silver - 94pts
2) Granite City Brass - 93
3) Newmilns & Galston - 92
4) Tullis Russell Mills - 90
5) Shotts St Patrick's - 89
6) Renfrew Burgh - 88
7) City of Discovery - 87
8) Perthshire Brass - 86
9) Tullis Russell Intermediate - 85
10) Buckhaven & Methil - 83
11) Bon Accord B - 82
12) Newland Concert - 81
13) Highland Brass - 80
Kingdom B w/d

Best 1st section - Bon Accord Silver
Best 2nd section - Tullis Russell
Best 3rd section - Renfrew Burgh
Best 4th section - Buckhaven & Methil

Best NCBBA Member Band - Bon Accord Silver
Best Non-NCBBA Band - Newmilns & Galstone

Most Entertaining Programme - Granite City Brass
Best Percussion - Bon Accord Silver
Best Soprano - Mark James, Bon Accord Silver
Best Soloist - Richard Kidd, Bon Accord Silver
Winning Conductor - Steven Malcolm, Bon Accord Silver

 

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Doors open to the public at 9.30, with the first band taking to the stage at 10 o’clock and results scheduled for approximately 16.45.

Although only reintroduced to the Scottish contesting calendar in 2013, this year’s event has attracted a good mix of entries, with a total of fourteen bands lined up for adjudicator Annie Crookston to separate, travelling from as far afield as Inverness and Ayrshire.

Competing bands are as follows:

Bon Accord Silver Band
Bon Accord Silver ‘B’ Band
Buckhaven & Methil Miners’ Brass Band
City of Discovery Brass Band
Granite City Brass
Highland Brass
Kingdom Brass ‘B’ Band
Newland Concert Brass
Newmilns & Galston Brass Band
Perthshire Brass
Renfrew Burgh Band
Shotts St Patrick’s Brass Band
Tullis Russell Mills Band
Tullis Russell Intermediate BandBon Accord Silver 'B' Band Bon Accord Silver Band
Bon Accord Silver 'B' Band
Buckhaven & Methil Miners' Brass Band
City of Discovery Brass Band
Granite City Brass
Highland Brass
Kingdom Brass 'B' Band
Newlands Concert Brass
Newmilns & Galston Brass Band
Perthshire Brass
Renfrew Burgh Band
Shotts St Patrick's Brass Band
Tullis Russell Mills Band
Tullis Russell Intermediate Band Bon Accord Silver Band
Bon Accord Silver 'B' Band
Buckhaven & Methil Miners' Brass Band
City of Discovery Brass Band
Granite City Brass
Highland Brass
Kingdom Brass 'B' Band
Newlands Concert Brass
Newmilns & Galston Brass Band
Perthshire Brass
Renfrew Burgh Band
Shotts St Patrick's Brass Band
Tullis Russell Mills Band
Tullis Russell Intermediate Band

With each band providing a compèred 20 minute entertainment programme, a varied and interesting day of brass band music should be in store. Spectator entry by programme is priced at £5/£3 on the door and all are very welcome to attend.

 

Following the success of last year's event, the 2014 NCBBA Open Brass Band Contest will take place on SATURDAY 24th May at Loch Leven Community Campus, Kinross, Perthshire.

The contest will be run with a 20-minute Entertainment Programme format and entries are welcomed from bands of all levels. Non contesting bands are welcome to attend on an adjudication-only basis at a reduced entry fee.

Please contact our President, Damian Martin, at brass_monkey@tiscali.co.uk or our secretary, Robin Wardhaugh, at robin.wardhaugh@btinternet.com for further details or an entry form.

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RESULTS of the 2013 NCBBA Solos and Ensembles Contest, held at Carnoustie High School on Sunday 3rd November 2013. Adjudicator Bruce Fraser:


Junior Solos (12 years and under)

Draw - Name - Placing/Award


1. Aiden Robertson 3rd/Gold
2. Gavin Lee Silver
3. Iona McFarlane Silver
4. Molly Crompton Silver
5. Finlay McGhee 1st/Gold
6. Holly Bennett 2nd/Gold
7. Lucy Mineard Silver


Intermediate Solos (16 years and under)

Draw - Name - Placing/Award


1. Angus Geekie Gold
2. Aileen Goss Silver
3. Chris Vannart Silver
4. Jordan Robertson 1st/Gold
5. Jacqueline Stark 3rd/Gold
6. Chris Flynn 2nd/Gold
7. Collette Coleman Silver
8. Bailey Brennan Silver


Youth Solos (21 years and under)


1. Mark James Gold


Junior Ensembles


Draw - Name - Placing/Award


1. Carnoustie 'A' 1st/Gold
2. Carnoustie 'B' 2nd/Silver


Intermediate Ensembles


Draw - Name - Placing/Award


1. Carnoustie 'B' 2nd/Gold
2. Carnoustie 'A' 1st/Gold
3. Forfar Instrumental 3rd/Silver


NCBBA Open Slow Melody Contest


Draw - Name - Points


1. Mark James 86
2. Chris Flynn 87
3. Paul James 84
4. Sarah Saum 85
5. Jordan Robertson 88


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Northern Counties Brass Band Association covers bands from Perthshire in the south, up to Lerwick Town Band in Shetland. The association runs an annual Solos and Ensemble contest as well as an Open Brass Band contest - the old ‘Aberdeen' Contest.

With the development programme currently in place within SBBA, workshops have been hosted in Moray, Perthshire and Aberdeenshire in recent years, with plans to host further events in Aberdeen City and Dundee.

The Committee currently consists of:


Damian Martin - President brass_monkey@tiscali.co.uk
Ann Murray - Treasurer annmurray37@hotmail.co.uk
Robin Waudhaugh - Secretary robin.wardhaugh@btinternet.com

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Northern Counties Brass Band Contest - Results 2013

 

In what was a close run 2013 Northern Counties contest, adjudicator Bryan Allen plumped for Kirkintilloch Kelvin's varied programme featuring Gordon Kyle in the arrangement of 'Live and Let Die' . Directed by Charles Kennan, they retained the Champion's trophy which is becoming very familiar with the journey back to Glasgow. They narrowly pipped Aberdeen based band Bon-Accord Silver, led by Stephen Malcolm, who featured principal trombonist Mark Boyd in 'Bolivar' - a performance that would see Mark take home the Best Soloist prize.

Third place went to Tullis Russell Mills Band under the direction of Paul Drury. The Fife based band finished their entertaining set with a "vocal" and rousing rendition of "They come from the East"

There were section prizes for Kingdom 'B' Band, taking home the best third section band, and Tullis Russell Intermediate Band who won the best fourth section band.

The Northern Counties Open Contest will hopefully be making a permanent return to the contesting schedule, with a date for 2014 already being considered.

Northern Counties Brass Band Contest - Results 2013

Adjudicator Bryan Allen

1. Kirkintilloch Kelvin Band Charles Keenan 90 pts
2. Bon-Accord Silver Band Stephen Malcolm 89 pts
3. Tullis Russell Mills Band Paul Drury 86 pts
4. Kingdom 'B' Band Ken Blackwood 85 pts
=5. Broxburn & Livingston Band Charlie Farren 84 pts
=5. Irvine & Dreghorn Band John boax 84 pts
7. Brass Sounds Inverclyde David Hutcheson 83 pts
8. Tullis Russell Intermediate Band Steven Craig 82 pts
=9. Tayport Instrumental Band Frank Culross 80 pts
=9. Dunfermline Town Band Scott Findlater 80 pts

Best Soloist: Mark Boyd - Trombone Bon-Accord Silver Band
Best Soprano: Gordon Kyle Kirkintilloch Kelvin Band
Most Entertaining Programme: Kirkintilloch Kelvin Band
Best Percussion: Bon-Accord Silver Band

Best NCBBA Member Band: Bon-Accord Silver Band
Best Non-NCBBA Band: Kirkintilloch Kelvin Band
Winning Conductor: Charles Keenan Kirkintilloch Kelvin Band
Best First Section Band: Bon-Accord Silver Band
Best Second Section Band: Tullis Russell Mills Band
Best Third Section Band: Kingdom Brass ‘B' Band
Best Fourth Section Band: Tullis Russell Intermediate Band

 

 

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The NCBBA Open Brass Band Contest will take place on SUNDAY 26th May at Loch Leven Community Campus, Kinross, Perthshire
The contest will be run with an Entertainment Programme format.
Details from Richard Kidd    Richard_kidd56@hotmail.com

Northern Counties Brass Band Association covers bands from Perthshire in the south, up to Lerwick Town Band in Shetland. The association runs an annual Solos and Ensemble contest as well as an Open Brass Band contest - the old ‘Aberdeen' Contest.

With the development programme currently in place within SBBA, workshops have been hosted in Moray, Perthshire and Aberdeenshire in recent years, with plans to host further events in Aberdeen City and Arbroath.
The Committee currently consists of:
Richard Kidd - President richard_kidd56@hotmail.com
Damian Martin - Vice-President brass_monkey@tiscali.co.uk
Ann Murray - Secretary/Treasurer annmurray37@hotmail.co.uk

 

 

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