Band battles it out at Royal Albert Hall
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.”