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Tredegar comes runner-up at National Finals

There was a mixture of elation and disappointment at the Royal Albert Hall as Tredegar missed out on becoming the 2017 Champion Band of Great Britain by the narrowest of margins.

It was the fourth time that the band had come runner-up at the event – a record that they now share with the great CWS Manchester Band – although they will also hope like them to make it fifth time lucky the next time they take to the famous stage in twelve months time.

Stunning rendition

Drawn 16 out of the 20 best bands in the UK, Tredegar produced a stunning rendition of Howard Snell’s evocative work, ‘Gallery’, with MD Ian Porthouse drawing rich characterisation, style and precision from the band, helped by some wonderful solo contributions from around the stand (above).

Chief amongst them was soprano player Ian Roberts who the judges said came within a whisker of picking up the ‘Best Instrumentalist’ award for his superb playing.

Chief amongst them was soprano player Ian Roberts who the judges said came within a whisker of picking up the ‘Best Instrumentalist’ award for his superb playing.

Sheer delight

Luc Vertommen, Phillip McCann and the composer Howard Snell were full of praise for a performance that Luc said “…was a sheer delight to listen to”, whilst Phillip McCann called the ending “magnificent”, and Howard Snell writing that it came to “an astounding climax.”

They later indicated to 4Barsrest with a pinched thumb and forefinger that the margin of victory claimed by Brighouse & Rastrick as the last band of the day was exceptionally narrow.

Odd feeling

“It was a bit of an odd feeling,” MD Ian Porthouse said later. “We knew we were playing so well, and we showed that on stage. 

So many people spoke to me to say they had us as their winner, so to just be pipped at the line by the last band of the day was so frustrating.”

So many people spoke to me to say they had us as their winner, so to just be pipped at the line by the last band of the day was so frustrating - Ian Porthouse

He added: “Our congratulations go to a deserved winner in Brighouse & Rastrick, to our great Welsh rivals Cory who produced a superb defence of their title, and to the rest of the bands that featured in the prizes.

It was a magnificent test piece and a great contest to be a part of. We will be back again next year determined not to make it five runner-up places!”

Results:
Test Piece: Gallery (Howard Snell)

Adjudicators: Phillip McCann, Howard Snell, Luc Vertommen

1. Brighouse & Rastrick (Prof. David King)**
2. Tredegar (Ian Porthouse)*
3. Cory (Philip Harper)*
4. Fairey (Garry Cutt)*
5. Foden's (Bramwell Tovey)
6. Whitburn (Michael Fowles)
7. Black Dyke (Prof. Nicholas Childs)
8. Redbridge (Jeremy Wise)
9. City of Bradford (Lee Skipsey)
10. Milnrow (Mark Bentham)
11. Woodfalls (Dr Robert Childs)
12. Friary Guildford (Chris King)
13. Virtuosi GUS (Adam Cooke)
14. Reg Vardy (Russell Gray)
15. Hammonds Saltaire (Morgan Griffiths)
16. NASUWT Riverside (David Roberts)
17. Thoresby Colliery (Ian McElligott)
18. Tongwynlais Temperance (Ian Holmes)
19. Filton Concert Brass (Tom Davoren)
20. Co-operative Funeralcare (Allan Ramsay)

Best Instrumentalist: Kathleen Gaspoz (cornet) Brighouse & Rastrick
* Top 4 pre-qualified for 2018 National Final
** Denotes qualification for 2019 European Brass Band Championships as highest placed English representative.

Further details:

For full news report on 4Barsrest: http://www.4barsrest.com/news/detail.asp?id=30324

To relive the action as it happened go to: http://www.4barsrest.com/articles/2017/1677b.asp

There was a mixture of elation and disappointment at the Royal Albert Hall as Tredegar missed out on becoming the 2017 Champion Band of Great Britain by the narrowest of margins.

It was the fourth time that the band had come runner-up at the event – a record that they now share with the great CWS Manchester Band – although they will also hope like them to make it fifth time lucky the next time they take to the famous stage in twelve months time.

Stunning rendition

Drawn 16 out of the 20 best bands in the UK, Tredegar produced a stunning rendition of Howard Snell’s evocative work, ‘Gallery’, with MD Ian Porthouse drawing rich characterisation, style and precision from the band, helped by some wonderful solo contributions from around the stand (above).

Chief amongst them was soprano player Ian Roberts who the judges said came within a whisker of picking up the ‘Best Instrumentalist’ award for his superb playing.

Chief amongst them was soprano player Ian Roberts who the judges said came within a whisker of picking up the ‘Best Instrumentalist’ award for his superb playing.

Sheer delight

Luc Vertommen, Phillip McCann and the composer Howard Snell were full of praise for a performance that Luc said “…was a sheer delight to listen to”, whilst Phillip McCann called the ending “magnificent”, and Howard Snell writing that it came to “an astounding climax.”

They later indicated to 4Barsrest with a pinched thumb and forefinger that the margin of victory claimed by Brighouse & Rastrick as the last band of the day was exceptionally narrow.

Odd feeling

“It was a bit of an odd feeling,” MD Ian Porthouse said later. “We knew we were playing so well, and we showed that on stage. 

So many people spoke to me to say they had us as their winner, so to just be pipped at the line by the last band of the day was so frustrating.”

So many people spoke to me to say they had us as their winner, so to just be pipped at the line by the last band of the day was so frustrating - Ian Porthouse

He added: “Our congratulations go to a deserved winner in Brighouse & Rastrick, to our great Welsh rivals Cory who produced a superb defence of their title, and to the rest of the bands that featured in the prizes.

It was a magnificent test piece and a great contest to be a part of. We will be back again next year determined not to make it five runner-up places!”

Results:
Test Piece: Gallery (Howard Snell)

Adjudicators: Phillip McCann, Howard Snell, Luc Vertommen

1. Brighouse & Rastrick (Prof. David King)**
2. Tredegar (Ian Porthouse)*
3. Cory (Philip Harper)*
4. Fairey (Garry Cutt)*
5. Foden's (Bramwell Tovey)
6. Whitburn (Michael Fowles)
7. Black Dyke (Prof. Nicholas Childs)
8. Redbridge (Jeremy Wise)
9. City of Bradford (Lee Skipsey)
10. Milnrow (Mark Bentham)
11. Woodfalls (Dr Robert Childs)
12. Friary Guildford (Chris King)
13. Virtuosi GUS (Adam Cooke)
14. Reg Vardy (Russell Gray)
15. Hammonds Saltaire (Morgan Griffiths)
16. NASUWT Riverside (David Roberts)
17. Thoresby Colliery (Ian McElligott)
18. Tongwynlais Temperance (Ian Holmes)
19. Filton Concert Brass (Tom Davoren)
20. Co-operative Funeralcare (Allan Ramsay)

Best Instrumentalist: Kathleen Gaspoz (cornet) Brighouse & Rastrick
* Top 4 pre-qualified for 2018 National Final
** Denotes qualification for 2019 European Brass Band Championships as highest placed English representative.

Further details:

For full news report on 4Barsrest: http://www.4barsrest.com/news/detail.asp?id=30324

To relive the action as it happened go to: http://www.4barsrest.com/articles/2017/1677b.asp

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