Success at the Provincials
Addington confidently carried away the B grade title at the Canterbury Provincial Brass Band contest, winning the hymn, the test and the entertainment sections.
Our first contest with Phil Johnston at the helm and there were many waiting to see how Addington would perform on stage, under pressure, with the new Musical Director.
Our Hymn selection, Praise My Soul, was wonderful to play and suited the sound and strengths of the band.
We had chosen William Rimmer’s arrangement of “Les Preludes” as our major work. There had been some concern about the band’s ability to play this piece but the rehearsal schedule (and personal practice) obviously paid off as the judge’s closing comments were “A really good choice – well performed”.
On to the entertainment – again a classy performance by Addington and the judge thought so too.
Here are some exerpts from his comments:
A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square: Lovely solos – thank goodness a real flugel sound.
Fat Bottomed Girls: No worries here…bravo to the horns.
Pastorale: (featuring Grant Dempsey on Flugel) This is just lovely…. gorgeous
Gee, Officer Krupke: fun, tight and clean – bravo to the percussion.
Florentine March: Really enjoyable.