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Audience favourites just fall short at Brass in Concert

Tredegar has come fifth at the final major championship of the year at the Brass in Concert entertainment contest held at Sage Gateshead on the weekend.

Artistic innovation

The band certainly lived up to its reputation for artistic innovation, as their ‘Breaking Boundaries’ inspired programme won the £1,000 ‘Audience Prize’ - voted for by those in attendance at the event. In addition, Ben Stratford, won the individual ‘Best Baritone’ award, whilst 17 year old percussionist Alex Evans gained the accolade as the youngest performer of the day.

The title was eventually won by the Norwegian and European champions Eikanger Bjorsvik, with the Americans of Fountain City in second place. Foden’s Band was third with Cory in fourth.  

The judges placed Tredegar third and fifth in terms of quality of performance, fifth for programme content and fourth for entertainment and presentation to gain fifth place overall and a further £500 cash prize.

Fantastico!!!

For the judges, Jan Van der Roost said that the final item ‘Rainbow Connections’ rounded off ‘a great concert’, whilst Lito Fontana referred to Ben Stratford’s baritone paying as ‘Fantastico!!!’

Nick Grace thought the programme content showed, ‘... a lot of thought and preparation in all aspects; inventive and creative’, whilst Richard Evans rounded his remarks off by saying, ‘...you are great at introducing new music.’

Nick Grace thought the programme content showed, ‘... a lot of thought and preparation in all aspects; inventive and creative’, whilst Richard Evans rounded his remarks off by saying, ‘...you are great at introducing new music.’

Simply gorgeous

Despite the disappointment of not winning, MD Ian Porthouse was still delighted by the performance, and especially of the band’s two new dance recruits from Rambert Ballet, Scott Knight and Hayley Walker, who mesmerised the audience with their accompanying interpretation of the atmospheric ‘Ivory Ghosts’ by Gavin Higgins.

Adjudicator Peter Francomb said it was ‘one of the highlights of the day - beautiful, moving interpretation: Simply gorgeous and innovative’.

Best in the world

Ian said: “I couldn’t have asked for anything more. We picked a programme that showcased our reputation for musical innovation and we delivered it so well.

Dewi Griffiths was stunning on his solo, Hayley and Scott added so much to programme and Ben fully deserved his award. It says a great deal that we won the audience prize – especially as we were up against so many great bands.”

Dewi Griffiths was stunning on his solo, Hayley and Scott added so much to programme and Ben fully deserved his award. It says a great deal that we won the audience prize – especially as we were up against so many great bands.

He added: “Our congratulations go to Eikanger and the rest of the prize winners, and although we are disappointed that we didn’t win, the result, following on from the Albert Hall once again shows that we are one the best brass bands in the world.”

2017 Brass in Concert Entertainment Championship:
Result:

1. Eikanger-Bjørsvik (Reid Gilje)
2. Fountain City (Joseph Parisi)
3. Foden's (Dr Robert Childs)
4. Cory (Philip Harper)
5. Tredegar (Ian Porthouse)
6. Paris Brass Band (Florent Didier)
7. Brighouse & Rastrick (Dr David Thornton)
8. Carlton Main Frickley (Ian McElligott
9. Virtuosi GUS (Adam Cooke)
10. Grimethorpe Colliery (Cpt Sam Hairsine)
11. Flowers (David Childs)
12. Leyland (Thomas Wyss)

Tredegar has come fifth at the final major championship of the year at the Brass in Concert entertainment contest held at Sage Gateshead on the weekend.

Artistic innovation

The band certainly lived up to its reputation for artistic innovation, as their ‘Breaking Boundaries’ inspired programme won the £1,000 ‘Audience Prize’ - voted for by those in attendance at the event. In addition, Ben Stratford, won the individual ‘Best Baritone’ award, whilst 17 year old percussionist Alex Evans gained the accolade as the youngest performer of the day.

The title was eventually won by the Norwegian and European champions Eikanger Bjorsvik, with the Americans of Fountain City in second place. Foden’s Band was third with Cory in fourth.  

The judges placed Tredegar third and fifth in terms of quality of performance, fifth for programme content and fourth for entertainment and presentation to gain fifth place overall and a further £500 cash prize.

Fantastico!!!

For the judges, Jan Van der Roost said that the final item ‘Rainbow Connections’ rounded off ‘a great concert’, whilst Lito Fontana referred to Ben Stratford’s baritone paying as ‘Fantastico!!!’

Nick Grace thought the programme content showed, ‘... a lot of thought and preparation in all aspects; inventive and creative’, whilst Richard Evans rounded his remarks off by saying, ‘...you are great at introducing new music.’

Nick Grace thought the programme content showed, ‘... a lot of thought and preparation in all aspects; inventive and creative’, whilst Richard Evans rounded his remarks off by saying, ‘...you are great at introducing new music.’

Simply gorgeous

Despite the disappointment of not winning, MD Ian Porthouse was still delighted by the performance, and especially of the band’s two new dance recruits from Rambert Ballet, Scott Knight and Hayley Walker, who mesmerised the audience with their accompanying interpretation of the atmospheric ‘Ivory Ghosts’ by Gavin Higgins.

Adjudicator Peter Francomb said it was ‘one of the highlights of the day - beautiful, moving interpretation: Simply gorgeous and innovative’.

Best in the world

Ian said: “I couldn’t have asked for anything more. We picked a programme that showcased our reputation for musical innovation and we delivered it so well.

Dewi Griffiths was stunning on his solo, Hayley and Scott added so much to programme and Ben fully deserved his award. It says a great deal that we won the audience prize – especially as we were up against so many great bands.”

Dewi Griffiths was stunning on his solo, Hayley and Scott added so much to programme and Ben fully deserved his award. It says a great deal that we won the audience prize – especially as we were up against so many great bands.

He added: “Our congratulations go to Eikanger and the rest of the prize winners, and although we are disappointed that we didn’t win, the result, following on from the Albert Hall once again shows that we are one the best brass bands in the world.”

2017 Brass in Concert Entertainment Championship:
Result:

1. Eikanger-Bjørsvik (Reid Gilje)
2. Fountain City (Joseph Parisi)
3. Foden's (Dr Robert Childs)
4. Cory (Philip Harper)
5. Tredegar (Ian Porthouse)
6. Paris Brass Band (Florent Didier)
7. Brighouse & Rastrick (Dr David Thornton)
8. Carlton Main Frickley (Ian McElligott
9. Virtuosi GUS (Adam Cooke)
10. Grimethorpe Colliery (Cpt Sam Hairsine)
11. Flowers (David Childs)
12. Leyland (Thomas Wyss)

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