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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