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.