The Band recently played in the Wells Band Stand and after an enjoyable afternoon we were really pleased to receive the following comments from members of the audience:
Comments from Phil Wilby, Musical Associate,
Black Dyke Brass Band:
“I had the occasion to visit Wells Cathedral two weekends ago and walked with the organist Matthew Owens and his family down towards the bandstand.
We were delighted to hear some of the band’s concert (Matthew is an ex cornet player from Stockport!) and I wanted to write and thank you all for the great work that the band do to keep the flame alive in the South West…… in particular, we were delighted to hear a solo from Aidan aged 10 …… great sound and splendid self assurance. Mathew’s two boys were entranced to hear someone of their own age play so beautifully……. so let’s hope that Aidan has lit a flame for the future.
Every Good Wish to MN and Radstock and best wishes for Cheltenham”
Comments from Sue Bibby a professional musician and teacher
“Just wanted to say how much I thoroughly enjoyed your performance on Sunday July 16th in Wells Recreation ground.
I was visiting the area that weekend. I studied at Birmingham Conservatoire and in my schooldays played with Skelmersdale Brass Band who were 2nd section back then.
Congratulations and well done on such a fantastic listening experience. I loved it!
God bless you all and keep up the good work”.
Jubilation reigned amongst the members of the Midsomer Norton and Radstock Silver Band after the band were awarded third place at the West of England National Brass Band Third Section qualifier at Torquay on Sunday 12th March 2017. With the top three bands qualifying for the finals, the band earned the right to compete at the National Brass Band Championship finals for the second successive year at Cheltenham in September.
Competing against eighteen bands from across the West of England, the bands performance of the Test Piece ‘Darkwood’ received excellent remarks from both adjudicators and was just reward for the hard work and dedication put in by the bands musical director Joanne Sykes and band members leading up to the contest.
The day was further celebrated with the news that the band had accrued the league table points required to earn promotion to the Second Section and achieve the highest national ranking in the bands history. This is a significant achievement for the band and shows how much the band has progressed.
Looking forward, the band will be preparing a new repertoire of concert music for the coming season with summer concerts featuring both Senior and Brass Academy bands.
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 is here again and the Brass Academy is eager to come back with medals and trophies. Everyone has been practicing hard!
2nd: Tabby & Finlay
3rd: Edmund & Arthur
2nd: Finlay, Tabby, Edmund & Arthur
3rd: Aidan, Luke and Arthur
2nd: MSN Ensemble
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!
The Band are holding a 35th Anniversary Concert on Saturday 3rd October, commencing at 7.30 pm at the Midsomer Norton Methodist Church, with Guest Soloist Carlton Sykes
Tickets can be purchased from the Church, Band members or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and cost £5.50 in advance or £7.50 on the door
2nd – Izzie
3rd – Aidan
2nd – Arthur
Most promising player – Arthur
2nd – Finlay
3rd – Tabby
1st – Thomas
1st – Thomas
3rd – Tabby
1st – Finlay & Tabby
3rd – Edmund & Arthur
3rd – Mark & Tabby
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!
On the 24th June, a group of youngsters and adults set out on a trip to take part in the Annual Bideford Solo and Ensemble contest.
We’re proud to say that we entered no less than 45 classes within Bideford, with a group of around 25 people doing a mixture of solos, duets and quartets.
Continue reading Bideford – June 2014
On Saturday 22nd February 2014 the band held their annual dinner and awards evening. This was well attended by members of all bands, all the members of the main band voted for who they thought should be acknowledged as the ‘player’s player’. This was proudly presented by Jo to Finlay, also presented on the night was the madam secretary’s cup, awarded by Heather to Thomas. The final award was awarded by Mark to Louise.
On 4th January 2014 a number of Brass Academy band members and parents of band members met informally at Farrington Farm Shop for coffee and discussed how they could be more involved in the smooth running of the band.
Continue reading Band News January 2014
On Saturday 19th October, 13 members of the Brass Academy, accompanied by their parents and Jo Sykes travelled to Launceston to take part in the Launceston 8th Annual Solo and Quartet Contest.
Continue reading Report on Launceston Brass Band Solo and Quartet Contest