20 Oct 2018
Enderby Band have achieved more contest success after winning the Bolsover Festival of Brass 1st Section. Their ‘Salute to Scandinavia’ presentation also won the ‘Most Entertaining’ award, featuring 10 different soloists and cramming 5 pieces into 20 minutes. It is a first contest victory with the band for Ryan Richards who became the band’s Musical Director in July this year.
The programme started with ‘Phenomena Fanfare’ with cornets and trombones standing and forming an outer semi-circle and the horns, basses, baritones and euphoniums sitting inside. Based on themes from Gustav Mahler’s epic third symphony, the piece was originally the opening movement of Danish Composer Jacob Wilhelm Larsen’s larger ‘Phenomena Suite’ and allowed the band to display its sound and dynamic range.
Next was the anthemic Gøta by Norwegian composer Peder Karlsson. Karlsson crafted his composition around a traditional wordless song from the Faro Isles. Featuring Andy Mayell on euphonium and Sarah Moore on flugelhorn, it provided an atmospheric contrast to the opening number.
The band then moved into standard formation for their next piece ‘Samba Del Gringo’. Returning to Jacob Vilhelm Larsen’s music but this time with Larsen acting as arranger, this piece was perhaps pushing the Scandinavian theme to the limit! Originally composed by Gordon Goodwin for his world famous Big Phat Band, the composition is about as Scandinavian as mom’s apple pie, but the Danish arranger was reason enough for inclusion. It’s a fast, funky piece in true Big Phat Band style, and featured Charlie Denney on trombone and some stunning percussion work from our percussion team led by Mark Rennocks.
Our featured solo was ‘Michelangelo’ – a lovely reflective piece arranged for euphonium and expertly played by Andy Mayell. Written by Norwegian singer-songwriter Sigvart Dagsland about the renaissance sculptor and artist, the original lyrics describe Michelangelo’s sometimes troubled and haunted life. Expertly arranged by Frode Rydland, the piece suits the euphonium’s sound well and is a fabulous addition to the repertoire. Andy’s sublime playing throughout ensured the song’s heartfelt lyrics were interpreted and presented to good effect
Our finale was Philip Harper’s arrangement of Anders Edenroth and Matti Kallio’s Nordic Polska. The Cory Band originally performed this arrangement as part of their Brass in Concert set based on Roald Dahl’s life. It combines Finnish and Swedish folk songs and a brief cameo of ‘All Through the Night’ as a nod to Dahl’s parentage and nationality. It features seven soloists in total - principal cornet, Trevor Hounsome on flugel, alongside regular flugel Sarah Moore, Bob Folds on tenor horn, Chris Stanley on baritone, Ami Petch on euphonium, Danielle Thomas on Eb bass and cornet James Alexander.
In his remarks Adjudicator David Hirst praised the band’s presentation and committed playing, awarding 92 points out of 100 and giving the band a clear margin of victory.
The full performance will be available to view on the band’s YouTube channel soon.
1. Enderby (Ryan Richards)
2. Strata Brass (Jonathan Bates)
3. Skelmanthorpe (Martin Heartfield)
4. Foresters Brass (John Davis)
5= Stannington Brass (Derek Renshaw)
5= Silk Brass (Tony Wyatt)
7. Chapeltown (Sam Fisher)
8. Rushden Town (Adele Hudson)
9. Manger Old Star Brass (Marit Tommermo)
10. Bedworth Brass (David Maplestone)
11. Ibstock Brick Brass (Simon Willis)
12. Carlton Brass (Gary Wyatt)
13. Gresley Colliery Band (Craig Stevens)
14. Shirebrook Miners Welfare (Jim Henson)
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