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Third Place in the Kingdom

UNISON Kinneil Band were delighted to gain a podium place at the Fife Charities Band Association (FCBA) Open Brass Band contest which was held on Saturday 30th September 2017 in the Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkcaldy.

This was the Kinneil Bands first contest working under the baton of our new resident conductor Chris Shanks and it proved to be a successful start to our partnership together. It was also a rather early start for the band as we were drawn number 4 from 17 bands but the early start proved fruitful as we were awarded 3rd place in the Open Competition. The playing programme consisted of the popular street march Ravenswood (William Rimmer), a beautiful hymn tune arrangement titled Prelude on ‘Lavenham’ (arr. Nobes) and the challenging test piece work of Philip Sparke’s Dances and Alleluias. Next up for the band is the eagerly awaited Annual Concert which is being held on Friday 17th November in Bo’ness Town Hall.

Full Results:
Adjudicator: Alan Duguid
1. Bon Accord Silver (David Roberts) 195
2. Kingdom Brass (Paul Drury) 194
3. UNISON Kinneil (Chris Shanks) 193
4. Bathgate (Anne Crookston) 190
5. Easington Colliery (Ian Robinson) 189
6. Granite City (Bruce Wallace) 188
7. Newmilns and Galston (Alan Cameron) 187
8. Johnstone (Martyn Ramsay) 186
9. Campbeltown Brass (Paul Kiernan) 185
10. Lochgelly (Paul McKelvie OBE) 184
11. Irvine and Dreghorn (Helen Douthwaite-Teasdale) 183
12. Bo’ness and Carriden (Charles Farren) 182
13. Broxburn and Livingston (John Boax) 181
14. Kilmarnock Concert (Scott Walker) 180
15. McTaggart Scott Loanhead (Kenny Letham) 179
16. Bon Accord Silver ‘B’ (Jennifer Cook) 178
17. Dunfermline Town (Andrew Shaw) 177

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5th Place at the National Finals

After many long months of fundraising, preparation and extra rehearsals UNISON Kinneil Band travelled down South to Cheltenham to compete in the First Section National Championships of Great Britain on Sunday 20th September 2015.

The band qualified for the national finals for the third year in a row, this time as runners-up at the Scottish Championships that were held back in March. The test piece was the technically challenging Kenneth Hesketh composition – ‘The Alchymist’s Journal’ .

Under the direction of Musical Director Craig Anderson, we were drawn, an unlucky for some, number 13 slot in the playing proceedings from a field of 17 Championship winning bands from all over the country.   The band gave an exciting and musically astute performance of this difficult set piece with some outstanding individual contributions from our ‘end chair’ players. Once the results were collated it was revealed that Kinneil achieved a very credible 5th place. Although the band felt slightly disappointed not to have gained a podium place we took many positives and a fabulous weekend of happy memories back up the long road to Bo’ness!

Result:

Sunday 20th September
Test Piece: ‘The Alchymist’s Journal’ (Kenneth Hesketh)
Adjudicators: Paul Holland and Dr Roger Webster

1. Goodwick (Matthew Jenkins)
2. City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) (Nigel Seaman)
3. Roberts Bakery (Simon Stonehouse)
4. Newtongrange Silver (Lee Skipsey)
5. Unison Kinneil (Craig Anderson)
6. Haverhill (Mark Ager)
7. Unite the Union (City of Sheffield) (David Hirst)
8. Roche Brass (Tom Davoren)
9. Westoe (Huw Thomas)
10. Freckleton (Paul Dalton)
11. Kirkbymoorside Town (John Woodward)
12. Gresley Colliery (Simon Jones)
13. Shirley Band (David Bishop-Rowe)
14. Jackfield Elcock Reisen (Simon Platford)
15. Fulham (John Ward)
16. Strata Brass (Derek Renshaw)
17. Yeovil Town (David Hayward)

Best Instrumentalist: Luke Jenkins (Principal Cornet) – Goodwick Brass

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Best Instrumentalist, Promotion and Runners-Up at the Scottish

UNISON Kinneil Band is delighted to announce we secured second placed in the First Section Scottish Championships that were held in Perth Concert Hall on Saturday 15th March. Performing the set test piece for the championships ‘A London Overture’ by Philip Sparke where Kinneil pre-drew a favourable number 7 from of a field of 10 evenly matched bands.

On the day the band delivered a delightful musical interpretation of this demanding set work. Adjudicators Leigh Baker and Mark Wilkinson thrilled the Kinneil contingent by firstly awarding our Principal Cornet player Lauren Robb with the Best Instrumentalist Award, then secondly announcing our Second place finish in the Championships. The result rewards the band with another visit to Cheltenham for the honour to represent Scotland at the National Finals for the third year running as well promotion to the Scottish Championship Section for 2016.  The band are also delighted to be working so closely with an exceptionally musical, dedicated and hardworking Musical Director – Craig Anderson who has taken us another massive step forward in our rebuilding project.

First Section:

Test Piece: ‘A London Overture’ – Philip Sparke
Sunday 15th March 2015

Adjudicators: Leigh Baker & Mark Wilkinson

1. Newtongrange Silver (Lee Skipsey) – 189*
2. Unison Kinneil (Craig Anderson) – 188*
3. Johnstone Silver (Martyn Ramsay) – 187
4. Tullis Russell Mills (Paul Drury) – 186
5. Bathgate (Anne Crookston) – 185
6. Dalkeith & Monktonhall (James Chamberlain) – 184
7. Bo’ness & Carriden Silver (Paul McKelvie OBE) – 183
8. St. David’s Brass (John A Dickson) – 182
9. Newmilns & Galston (Alan Cameron) – 180
10. Coalburn Silver (Gareth Bowman) – 178

* Top 2 bands qualify for National Final

Best Instrumentalist: Solo Cornet (Unison Kinneil)
Best Horn: Johnstone Silver

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Top-Half Finish in Blackpool

Last weekend (25th-27th April), UNISON Kinneil Band travelled down South to compete in the annual Senior Trophy competition held at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. The test piece for the competition was a transcription of the unfinished Opera Les francs Juges by Hector Berlioz.

Kinneil, under the direction of Musical Director Craig Anderson, were drawn a difficult 4th in the proceedings from a field of twenty top class bands from all over the country.  The band played extremely well on the contest platform with and produced a polished and controlled account of the classic work. Once the results were collated it was revealed that Kinneil achieved 8th place. Although the band felt slightly disappointed not to have gained a promotion spot, the 8th place means that the band has secured a place in the Senior Trophy and a late draw for competition next year.

Senior Trophy:

Test Piece: Les Francs Juges (Hector Berlioz, arr. Frank Wright)
Spanish Hall- Winter Gardens – Blackpool

Adjudicators: David Horsfield & Mike Kilroy

1. Friary Guildford (Chris King)*
2. City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) (Gareth Ritter)*
3. Drighlington (Jim Davies)*
4. St Dennis (Darren Hawken)*
5. Dalmellington (Richard Evans)
6. Oldham (Lees) (John Collins)
7. Lochgelly (Martyn Ramsay)
8. Unison Kinneil (Craig Anderson)
9. Spal Automotive Sovereign Brass (David Maplestone)
10. Rainford (Gareth Brindle)
11. Medway (Melvin White)
12. Longridge (Mark Peacock)
13. Hatfield Colliery (Stan Lippeatt)
14. Jackfield (Elcock Reisen) (John Ward)
15. Kidlington Concert Brass (Duncan Wilson)**
16. Kirkintilloch Kelvin Brass (Charles Keenan)**
17. Bournemouth Concert Brass (Major David Barringer)**
18. Freckleton (Paul Dalton)**
19. Easington Colliery (Stuart Gray)**
20. Regent Brass (Paul Archibald)**

Best Instrumentalist: Kevin Moxon – Soprano (City of Cardiff)

*Promoted to Senior Cup
** Relegated from competition

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Podium Place at the Scottish

UNISON Kinneil Band finished 3rd in the First Section Scottish Championships that were held in Perth Concert Hall on Saturday 8th March. Performing the set test piece for the championships ’Cry of the Mountain’ by Howard Lorriman proved a stiff challenge for all 10 bands that took the Perth Concert Hall stage on the day. Kinneil drew a tough number 5 draw under the baton of Musical Director Craig Anderson but managed to produce a performance of real musical credit and this was a solid result in our re-building project. Although the band just missed out on promotion to the top section of Scottish banding the 3rd we receive an invite to the Scottish Shield Competition that is held in November.

Scottish First Section Full Results:
Adjudicators: Stan Lippeatt & David Hirst

1. Granite City Brass (Bruce Wallace) – 190*
2. Bon Accord (Stephen Malcolm) – 188*
3. Unison Kinneil (Craig Anderson) – 186
4. Newmilns & Galston (Nigel Boddice) – 184
5. Bo’ness & Carriden (Bryan Allen) – 183
6. Dalkeith & Monktonhall (James Chamberlain)- 182
7. Bathgate (Andy Shaw) – 181
8. Broxburn & Livingston (Paul Stone) – 180
9. Coalburn Silver (Gareth Bowman) – 179
10. Croy Silver (Kenneth Blackwood) – 178

* Top 2 bands qualify for National Final

Best Horn: Bon Accord
Best Instrumentalist: Lewis Catto (euphonium) – Granite City Brass

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7th Place at the National Finals

After many long months of fundraising and preparation UNISON Kinneil Band travelled down South to Cheltenham to compete in the Second Section National Championships of Great Britain on Saturday 21st September 2013. The band qualified for the national finals as Champions of Scotland after securing the title in March. The test piece was the challenging ‘Purcell Variations’ by world renowned brass band composer Kenneth Downie.

Under the direction of Musical Director Craig Anderson, we were unfortunate to draw an early number 2 slot in the playing proceedings from a field of eighteen Championship winning bands from all over the country.   The band gave an exciting and musically astute performance of this difficult set piece with some outstanding individual contributions from our ‘end chair’ players. Once the results were collated it was revealed that Kinneil achieved a very credible 7th place. Although the band felt slightly disappointed not to have gained a podium place we took many positives and a fabulous weekend of happy memories back up to Bo’ness!

Results – Second Section National Championship Finals of Great Britain

Saturday 21st September
Test Piece: ‘Purcell Variations’ – Kenneth Downie

Adjudicators: David Hirst & Glyn Williams
1. Goodwick Brass (Matthew Jenkins), 11
2. Bilton Silver (Rugby) (David Stowell), 5
3. Swindon Pegasus Brass (Graeme Lewis), 18
4. Middleton (Martyn Evans), 12
5. City of Cardiff (Mellingriffith) 2 (Gareth Ritter), 9
6. Epsom & Ewell Silver (Jack Smith), 10
7. Unison Kinneil (Craig Anderson), 2
8. Hitchin (Craig Patterson), 16
9. Elland Silver (Daniel Brooks), 13
10. York Railway Institute (Gordon Eddison), 4
11. Whitworth Vale & Healey (John Binns), 17
12. Pendennis Brass Falmouth (Steve Thomas), 15
13. Cornerstone Brass (Damien Wileman), 8
14. Ware (Philip Littlemore), 1
15. Wigston (Garry Sleath), 7
16. Bathgate (Andy Shaw), 14
17. Ripon City (Malcolm Dibb), 3
18. Hoover (Bolton) (Trevor Halliwell), 6

Best Instrumentalist: Paul Bennett (tenor horn) – Bilton Silver (Rugby)

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Mid Table Finish in Blackpool

Last weekend (10th-12th May), UNISON Kinneil Band travelled down South to compete in the annual Senior Trophy competition held at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. The test piece for the competition was Eric Balls “Journey into Freedom”.

Kinneil, under the direction of Musical Director Craig Anderson, were drawn 14th in the proceedings from a field of twenty top class bands from all over the country.  Shortly before we were due to take to the stage Solo Horn player Chris Ball unfortunately took ill and was rushed to Blackpool’s Victoria Hospital. After some tests Chris is now feeling much better and returned home to Scotland a few days later and we hope to see him back at rehearsals soon. The band played extremely well on the contest platform with some younger members making their contesting debut. Once the results were collated it was revealed that Kinneil achieved 12th place. Although the band felt slightly disappointed not to have gained a better result, the 12th place means that the band has secured a place in the Senior Trophy competition for next year.

Senior Trophy:

Test Piece: Journey into Freedom (Eric Ball)
Spanish Hall

Adjudicators: Lynda Nicholson & Simone Rebello

1. Newtongrange (Lee Skipsey)
2. Laganvale (Metal Technology) (Trevor Carter)
3. Camborne (John Berryman)
4. East London Brass (Jayne Murrill)
5. Drighlington (Jim Davies)
6. Sovereign Brass (David Maplestone)
7. Friary Guildford (Chris King)
8. St Dennis (Darren Hawken)
9. Jackfield (Elcock Reisen) (John Ward)
10. Oldham Lees (Russell Gray)
11. Dalmellington (Archie Hutchison)
12. Unison Kinneil (Craig Anderson)
13. Easington Colliery (Chris Bentham)
14. Longridge (Mark Peacock)
15. City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) (Gareth Ritter)
16. Hatfield Colliery (Stan Lippeatt)
17. Pontardulais Town (Paul Jenkins)
18. Wantage Silver A (Phillip Bailey)
19. Meltham & Meltham Mills (Norman Law)
20. Hade Edge (Simon Wood)

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CHAMPIONS!

UNISON Kinneil Band were crowned Scottish Second Sections Champions on Saturday 9th March. The band produced an extremely musical performance from a number 10 draw of the set test piece ‘The Plantagenet’s’ by Edward Gregson. Kinneil eventually finished 3 points above the nearest rival Bathgate Band on a total of 187 points from a possible 200. This is the first time that the band has triumphed at the Scottish Championships for over a decade since the First Section victory back in 1999.

Adjudicators Tony Swainson and Alastair Orr described Kinneil’s winning rendition as ‘A Magical Performance’ and this win continues the 100% success rate Musical Director Craig Anderson shares with the band since joining last August.

The next outing for the band will be at our much anticipated Annual Concert which is being held in Bo’ness Town Hall on Friday 26th April. The evening has been billed as ‘The Journey of a Century’ taking the audience through a musical expedition from past to present.

Scottish Championships Second Section
Test Piece: ‘The Plantaganets’ – Edward Gregson
Adjudicators: Tony Swainson and Alastair Orr

1. Unison Kinneil (Craig Anderson),10 – 187
2. Bathgate (Andy Shaw),7 – 184*
3. Annan Town Band (David Shanks),8 – 183
4. Jedforest Instrumental (Phil Rosier),4 – 182
5. Tullis Russell Mills (Martyn Ramsay),1 – 180
6. Shotts St.Patrick’s (Michael Marzella),5 – 179
7. St.David’s Brass (John A Dickson),3 – 178
8. Campbeltown Brass (Paul Stone),6 – 177
9. Kilmarnock Concert Brass (Raymond Tennant),2 – 176
10. Perthshire Brass (George D Annan),11 – 175
11. Irvine & Dreghorn (John Boax),9 – 174

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Bronze Award for Youth Band

Kinneil Youth Band took part in this year’s Scottish Youth Brass Band Championships and gained a magnificent Bronze award for their efforts. The world’s biggest Youth Brass Band Championship’s took place in Perth Concert Hall on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November 2012 and involved over 1200 children from over all Scotland during the course of the weekend. Over 25 members from Kinneil Youth Band took part in the Senior Section and were pitted against some of the most experienced, top class and largest youth bands in Scotland.

Playing from a number 3 draw the Youth Band produced a quality programme of music that included pieces such as Nimrod from Enigma Variations and a patriotic version of Loch Lomond that included guest Bagpiper Alison Wood. The band charmed the adjudicators Steven Mead and Tom Brevik and the youngsters hope to build on this result for the future – it was a great experience for all involved.

The Youth Band next engagement is the upcoming Christmas Spectacular Concert that takes place at 7:30pm in Fisons Social Club on Friday 7th December. Tickets priced £5 are on sale now from Brian Holmes (01506 822388) or Ruth Kelly (01506 828721).

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Kinneil Crowned Champions in Fife

Unison Kinneil Band were crowned champions at the Fife Charities Band Association contest which took place at the Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy on Saturday 6th October . The band were drawn to play number 12 out of a strong field of 18 bands from across Scotland.

New Musical Director Craig Anderson tasted success in his first outing with the band, leading us to victory for the first time since 2004. The winning performance opened with the quick march ‘Ravenswood’ by William Rimmer and was followed by the atmospheric hymn ‘In Perfect Peace’ composed by Kenneth Downie, which highlighted the tonal quality that the band can create. Adjudicator Paul Andrews was particularly impressed with the band’s performance of Edward Gregson’s challenging test piece ‘Dances and Arias’, and he placed Kinneil in first place above a number of Championship bands, including Kingdom Brass and Kirkintilloch Kelvin Brass.

Congratulations are also extended to the band’s Bass Section – Kenny Brown, John Walter, Gary Kelly and Graeme Gilfilan who scooped up the Best Bass Section award. The band finished in the runner-up spot in the Hymn Tune Contest pipped by Kingdom Brass and were placed 4th in the March competition. In addition to the overall First Place and Best Bass Section awards, the band left the Kingdom of Fife with the Best First Section Band and the Musical Director picked up the award for winning conductor.

Fife Charities Contest Results – Saturday 6th October 2012

1. Unison Kinneil (Craig Anderson) 194
2. Kingdom Brass ‘A’ (Bede Williams) 193
3. Kirkintilloch Kelvin Brass (Charles Keenan) 191
4. Bon Accord Silver (Stephen Malcolm) 190
5. Newmilns & Galston (Alan Cameron) 189
6. Newtongrange Silver (Paul Collis-Smith) 188
7. Lochgelly (Allan Ramsay) 187
8. Johnstone (Paul Kiernan) 185
9. Tullis Russell Mills (Martyn Ramsay) 184
10. Irvine & Dreghorn (John Boax) 183
11. City of Discovery (Bruce Wallace) 182
12. Broxburn & Livingston (Charlie Farren) 181
13. Annan Town (Magnox Ltd) (David Shanks) 180
14. Kingdom Brass ‘B’ (Kenneth Blackwood) 179
15. Bon Accord ‘B’ (Richard Kidd) 178
16. Tullis Russell Intermediate (Steven Craig) 177
17. Renfrew Burgh (Mark Good) 176
18. Dysart Colliery (Bruce Fraser) 175

Winning Conductor – Craig Anderson

Best Fife ‘A’ Band – Kingdom Brass ‘A’
Best Fife ‘B’ Band – Kingdom Brass ‘B’

Best 1st Section – Unison Kinneil
Best 2nd Section – Tullis Russell Mills
Best 3rd Section – Renfrew Burgh
Best 4th Section – Kingdom Brass ‘B’

Best Cornet – Soprano, Kirkintilloch Kelvin
Best Horn/Flugel – Horn, Kingdom Brass
Best Euphonium/Baritone – Euphonium, Bon Accord
Best Trombone – Trombone, Johnstone
Best Basses – Unison Kinneil
Best Percussion – Kingdom Brass

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