The Nationals 2021 — 4barsrest

Highlights from the Nationwide Brass Band Championships of Nice Britain
That includes: Foden’s; Black Dyke; Kingdom Brass; Hebden Bridge; Tewit Silver; Nailsworth Silver
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The Nationwide Championship Finals returned in 2021 diminished in aggressive and viewers numbers following its Covid-19 hiatus.

Nonetheless, as comprehensible as that was, due to the onerous work of Kapitol Promotions Ltd they weren’t diminished in stature, regardless of the plain challenges confronted in internet hosting them at Cheltenham and the Royal Albert Corridor.


Nicely organised, bands took their lengthy awaited steps again to the contesting atmosphere infused with a mixture of pleasure and realism. Massively to their credit score in addition they produced contests filled with pleasure and an excessive amount of excellent enjoying.

The winners have been absolutely deserving of their accolades.


In Cheltenham, Kingdom Brass led by Ian Porthosue claimed the First Part in commanding method on ‘Connotations’ – a piece that reminded you that point won’t ever diminish iconic high quality, while Hebden Bridge directed by Christopher Binns took the Second Part honours with a confidence that introduced ‘Lions of Legends’ thrillingly to life. 

Tewit Silver and Martin Corridor was a category aside within the Third Part as they delivered ‘Kaleidoscope’ with nearly flawless precision and mature musicality. The best possible although got here from Nailsworth Silver. Their ‘Elgar Portrait’ was a delight – MD Andri Adachi and her band portray a musical canvas wealthy in vibrant character.


On the Albert Corridor Foden’s produced a memorable efficiency of Bruce Broughton’s cinematic set-work – one imbued by the very heroic virtues that took man to the moon and again once more in 1969.

Heroic virtues

On the Albert Corridor Foden’s produced a memorable efficiency of Bruce Broughton’s cinematic set-work – one imbued by the very heroic virtues that took man to the moon and again once more in 1969. It was triumphant enjoying, rousing in its compelling scope underneath the course of MD Russell Grey.

The quick pre-results live performance supplied the time filling lollipops we’ve got come to count on on the occasion (though Black Dyke did premiere the considerate ‘Above and Past’ in honour of the massively revered conductor Peter Kitson) – however it was the performances from the rivals themselves that was essentially the most pertinent reminder of what we had been lacking for 18 months or extra.

Iwan Fox 


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Play checklist:

1. A Fantasy of Pleasure (Fredrick Schjelderup)

Black Dyke Band – carried out by Prof Nicholas Childs

2. Connotations (Edward Gregson)

Kingdom Brass – carried out by Ian Porthouse

3. An Elgar Portrait (Dan Worth)

Nailsworth Silver – carried out by Anri Adachi

4. Bugler’s Vacation (Leroy Anderson)

That includes: Richard Marshall, John Hammond, Tim Hammond, Luke Barker, Nayan Shah and Liz Rogers

Black Dyke Band – carried out by Prof Nicholas Childs

5. Kaleidoscope (Philip Sparke)

Tewit Silver – carried out by Martin Corridor

6. Lions of Legends (Thierry Deleruyelle)

Hebden Bridge Band – carried out by Christopher Binns

7. Above and Past (Paul Lovatt-Cooper)

Black Dyke Band – carried out by Prof Nicholas Childs

8. Heroes (Bruce Broughton)

Foden’s Band – carried out by Russell Grey

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