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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