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Sound of success for Midsomer Norton and Radstock Silver Band

Jubilant members of Midsomer Norton and Radstock Silver Band celebrate their success

Midsomer Norton and Radstock Silver Band have achieved another milestone in the bands history by qualifying for the Third Section finals of the National Brass Band championships of Great Britain.

With eighteen bands competing in the third section, the band’s rendition of the test piece ‘A Cambrian Suite’ by composer Michael Ball earned positive comments from the two adjudicators and third place at the West of England Brass Band regional qualifier held at the Riviera Centre in Torquay on the 12th March 2016. Qualification for the national finals will see the band competing against other third section bands from across Great Britain at Cheltenham in September. Having achieved a credible fifth place at the third section regional qualifier in 2015, the Musical Director, Joanne Sykes and the band members were overjoyed with this years result.

Since winning the fourth section regional qualifier in 2012, the band has been making excellent progress under the baton of their current musical director and with contest results improving year on year, this years success is a testament to the hard work that Joanne has put in with the band.

Looking forward, the band has a strong commitment to training and developing up and coming brass players and it was encouraging to see two members of the training band making their contesting debuts with the senior band line up at Torquay.

The Midsomer Norton and Radstock Silver Band is a local, friendly and ambitious band and would welcome established brass players or anyone wishing to learn a brass instrument. The band practices on Tuesday and Friday nights at the Trinity Church Hall in Radstock starting at 7.30pm.




Launceston Solo and Quartet Contest 2015

Launceston Solo and Quartet Contest 2015

Launceston is here again and the Brass Academy is eager to come back with medals and trophies. Everyone has been practicing hard!


Class 1
1st: Aidan
3rd: Lizzy

Class 2
2nd: Arthur

Class 4
1st: Thomas

Class 6
1st: Aidan
3rd: Lizzy

Class 7
2nd: Tabby & Finlay
3rd: Edmund & Arthur

Class 8
2nd: Finlay, Tabby, Edmund & Arthur
3rd: Aidan, Luke and Arthur

Class 11
2nd: Thomas

Class 12
2nd: Thomas

Class 16
2nd: MSN Ensemble

Special Awards
Best Trombone (Under 16): Arthur
Best Trombone (Over 16): Thomas
Most Entertaining Player/Group: MSN Ensemble


Thank you everyone who has practised hard! We hope you come again next year!

Bideford Solo Competition 2015


Class 1:
2nd – Izzie
3rd – Aidan

Class 2:
2nd – Arthur
Most promising player – Arthur

Class 3:
2nd – Finlay
3rd – Tabby

Class 4:
1st – Thomas

Class 6:
1st – Thomas
3rd – Tabby

Class 8:
1st – Finlay  & Tabby
3rd – Edmund & Arthur

Class 9:
3rd – Mark & Tabby

Class 10:
1st – Finlay, Tabby, Edmund & Arthur

Thank you to all members of the band who participated in the competition and we hope you come again next year!