Band bat­tles it out at Royal Al­bert Hall

Rochdale Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

MILNROW Band trav­elled to Lon­don ear­lier this month to com­pete with 19 of the best bands in the coun­try at the Royal Al­bert Hall.

The fi­nal of the Na­tional Brass Band Cham­pi­onship of Great Bri­tain took place on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 14, with bands vy­ing for the cham­pi­onship tro­phy and prize money of £4,500.

Milnrow Band’s test piece, Gallery, com­posed by Howard Snell – one of the ad­ju­di­ca­tors at the com­pe­ti­tion – is com­prised of seven sec­tions and presents ‘a wide range of chal­lenges, some of the tough­est rhyth­mic ones be­ing some of the old­est.’

The band took to the stage led by Prin­ci­pal Coronet David Gill­son, and MD and con­duc­tor Mark Ben­tham.

This was only the band’s sec­ond ap­pear­ance at the Royal Al­bert Hall in its 148 years, and it was awarded 10th place out of 20 bands – two places higher than its pre­vi­ous ap­pear­ance.

Band pres­i­dent Ken­neth Watts said: “Plau­dits must go to the whole band for this ex­cel­lent ‘Team Milnrow’ per­for­mance.

“The play­ers and all con­cerned are highly de­lighted with 10th place and look for­ward to con­tin­ued suc­cess un­der the ba­ton of Mark Ben­tham.”

●●David Gill­son

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