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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