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Contests

Redbridge Brass band will be competing at the following
contests in 2017.

Mineworkers Open National Brass Band
Festival
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th January 2017
Butlins Holiday Park
Roman Bank
Ingoldmells,
Skegness, PE25 1NJ

Test piece (Sat):  Fraternity (Thierry Deleruyelle)
Entertainment contest programe (Sun).

Adjudicators:  Peter Roberts and Richard Marshall (Sat)
Music: Peter Roberts and Glyn Williams (Sun)
Entertainment: Derek Southcott and Jim Davies (Sun)

1st prize - £10,000,
2nd prize - £5000,
3rd prize  - £2500
4th prize - 1000

Result - 6th place


National Brass Band Championship - London
and Southern Counties 2017 Regional
Qualifying Contest
Sunday 19th March 2016 at the Arts and Leisure Centre,
Stevenage, Lytton Way, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 1LZ

Test piece: Pagentry (Herbert Howells)
Adjudicators: David Hirst & Steve Sykes

A test piece contest with the winner and runner-up going
through to the final at the Royal Albert Hall in October.

Result -  2nd place


The 96th Spring Brass Band Festival - The
Senior Cup.
Saturday 13th May 2017  at The Winter Gardens,
Blackpool,
Church Street, Blackpool,
Lancashire, England, FY1 1HU

Test piece: Fragile Oasis (Peter Meechan)

First Prize: £800 and Grand Shield
Second Prize: £600
Third Prize: £400
Fourth Prize: £300

Result  - 17th place

National Brass Band Championship Finals
Saturday 14th October 2017
at Royal Albert Hall
London, SW7 2AP

Test piece:  Gallery (Howard Snell)

Result - 8th place
Home

Competing against other bands is a
traditional activity of the brass band
movement and goes back to the
earliest days of the brass band.

To test the bands at a contest event,
a 'Test Piece' is chosen, often
composed specifically for the contest
with the aim of producing a
challenging piece of music to test the
skill and musicianship of the players
and conductor. During the contest
each band performes the piece
before one or more adjudicators
whose job is to determine the best
performance of the day.

Test Pieces have enriched to a high
degree the catalogue of music
available for brass bands and are
often re-used in concerts and again
at contests in subsequent years.

Another form of contest is the
'Entertainment Contest' where bands
play about 25 minute programme of
music which gives an opportunity for
each band to display its strengths
and versatility. These contests are
always popular with audiences and
often contain a degree of humour
and originality.