10th at the Scottish Open

Kinneil finished their last competitive engagement of the year with a solid 10th place finish at the Scottish Open Championship which was held in Perth on Saturday 29th November. The band, under the Musical Direction of Craig Anderson, was given a late invite to play in the Championship standard event.

Kinneil were drawn to play number 12 from a strong line up of 14 bands from across the UK. The band gave an accomplished reading of the extremely difficult test piece ‘Gallery’ from the pen of distinguished soloist, conductor, adjudicator and composer Howard Snell.

Kinneil were fortunate enough to call on some new found friends who reside in The Netherlands and play with Soli Brass from the Leeuwarden area of the country. Christiaan Broekema helped out on Eb Bass while Meindert De Koning and Martin Schruba gave a hand to our percussion team. Martin’s performance was so full of quality he walked away with the 4Barsrest Best Instrumentalist Award for his astounding musical interpretation on the Vibraphone! Overall the band secured a 10th place finish at the contest with Adjudicators Howard Snell and Alan Fernie placing the band 11th and Philip Sprake placing the band 6th in his opinion.

The band has learned a great deal from the experience at this contest and we have also managed to make some wonderful friends from The Netherlands in the process too! We hope they enjoyed the Scottish Open experience as much as we did! Next up for the band before we take a couple of weeks off between Christmas and New Year is our Christmas concerts being held on 3rd and 17th December.

Test Piece: Gallery (Howard Snell)
Adjudicators: Howard Snell, Philip Sparke, Alan Fernie

Snell/Sparke/Fernie = Total

1. Whitburn (Prof Nicholas Childs): 1/1/2 = 4
2. Co-operative Funeralcare Band (Bryan Allen): 2/4/1 = 7
3. Dalmellington (Richard Evans): 5/3/4 = 12
4. Bon Accord Silver (Stephen Malcolm): 3/7/5 = 15
5. Kirkintilloch (Raymond Tennant): 10/2/3 = 15
6. Fishburn (Joseph Cook): 6/5/10 = 21
7. Kingdom Brass (Allan Ramsay): 7/8/7 = 22
8. Blackburn & Darwen (Huw Thomas): 8/12/6 = 26
9. Rainford (Gareth Brindle): 4/11/12 = 27
10. Unison Kinneil (Craig Anderson): 11/6/11 = 28
11. NASUWT Riverside (Stephen Malcolm): 9/13/8 = 30
12. Kirkintilloch Kelvin Brass (Charles Keenan): 14/10/9 = 33
13. Marsden Silver (John Hinckley): 12/9/13 = 34
14. Yorkshire Imperial Urquhart Travel (Stig Maersk): 13/14/14 = 41

4BR Best Instrumentalist: Martin Schruba (vibraphone) – Unison Kinneil

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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!


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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A night at the movies

We are holding a concert to help raise funds for our trip to represent Scotland at the National Championships that take place in Cheltenham in September.
The concert takes place in Fisons on Friday 21st August starting at 7:30pm. We are having a movie theme for the concert with popcorn and hotdogs available and tickets will cost only £5!
Please come along and support the band!

Fundraising Concert – 21st August

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Kinneil Youth Band Annual Concert

Following an appearance at the recent UNISON Kinneil Band Annual Concert Kinneil Youth Band look forward to its own Annual Concert on Friday 12th June.

The concert, as in previous years, will highlight the hard work that is being put in by all the members. Featuring its own soloists and a variety of music to suit all tastes the concert promises to be very entertaining. The Youth Band continues to provide free tuition and instruments to all ages and looks forward to welcoming new members who would like to take up Brass or percussion. The concert, in Kinneil Bowling Club, commences at 7.30pm with tickets priced at £3.00. Please contact any member of Kinneil Youth Band to book your tickets. As this is normally a very popular event please book early to avoid disappointment.

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UNISON Kinneil Band 2015 Annual Concert

Tickets are now available for the UNISON Kinneil Band Annual Concert which is being held on Friday 29th May at 7:30pm. The 2015 concert that is being held in Bo’ness Town Hall is kindly being sponsored by local Funeral Directors – C.W. Anderson and Sons.

The concert will also feature the thriving Kinneil Youth Band who will be making their sixth appearance at the event. This jam-packed evening of music making promises something for everyone of any age!

UNISON Kinneil Band have had an incredibly successful few years under the baton of Musical Direction Craig Anderson, back in March the band secured promotion back into the elite Championship Section of Scottish Banding after gaining 2nd Place in the 1st Section Scottish Championships. This result also ensures that UNISON Kinneil Band have gained a qualifying place to represent Scotland at the 2015 National Finals held in Cheltenham in September for the third year running!

Tickets priced at only £8 are now sale now by calling Brian Holmes on 01506 822388.

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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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The band is holding its AGM this Thursday 29th January in the Bandhall. The evening will begin at 7:30pm. The formal business should take approximately one hour followed by an informal session focusing on future projects for the organisation. Everyone is welcome to come along on the night.

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Two Spectacular Christmas Concerts

UNISON Kinneil Band are holding two Spectacular Christmas Concerts this December. The first is the bands Annual Concert being held the Kinneil Bowling Club on Friday 5th December.  The festive evening of entertainment will begin at 7:30pm and will feature our award winning Youth Band.

The second Christmas concert will be featuring the magnificant National Youth Choir of Scotland (West Lothian Branch). This concert is being held in Bo’ness Old Kirk on Thursday 11th December at 7:30pm.

Tickets priced at £5 are ON SALE NOW for both events  – we advise you to get your tickets as soon as possible as these are selling fast!  Contact Brian Holmes (01506 822388) or Ruth Kelly (01506 828721) to secure your tickets!

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UNISON Kinneil Band Annual Concert

Tickets are now available for the UNISON Kinneil Band Annual Concert which is being held in Bo’ness Town Hall on Friday 30th May at 7:30pm. The band welcome the Bo’ness born World Famous cornet soloist Phillip McCann to share the stage for a fabulous evening of entertainment.

The concert will also feature the thriving Kinneil Youth Band who will be making their fifth appearance at the event. This jam-packed evening of music making promises something for everyone of any age!

Phillip McCann is one of the best known names in the Brass Band world. He was Principal cornet with the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain for five years and his long tenure of the same chair at Black Dyke was during the band’s world-beating period. His acclaimed series of Chandos CDs – The World’s Most Beautiful Melodies – is universally admired; the recordings are featured regularly on BBC Radio, Television and on Classic FM.  Phillip’s unique style and tone quality has been used by composers with orchestra for film and TV soundtracks such as Anna of the Five Towns, Woman of Substance and the immensely popular Hetty Wainthropp Investigates – the latter receiving an Ivor Novello Award in the category of Best Music commissioned for a Broadcast Production.

UNISON Kinneil Band have had an incredibly successful two years under the baton of Musical Director Craig Anderson having secured one Scottish Championship, one Fife Charities Championship, a top ten finish at the National Finals with the band this year securing a podium place at the Scottish Championships and a top ten placing at the Spring Festival Competition in Blackpool.

Tickets priced at only £8 are now on sale from Lyons Hardware – South Street Bo’ness or by calling Brian Holmes on 01506 822388.

Phillip McCann

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