London and Southern Counties Regional Qualifiers

The Snowdown Colliery Welfare Brass Band competed in the London and Southern Counties Regional qualifiers for the Natioanl Brass Band Championships of Great Britian this weekend. The band travelled the 105 mile trip by coach and arrived by midday and after a practice at The Thomas Allyne School made their way to the contest location, the Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre. The 4th Section draw was made and Snowdown were drawn to play 15th of the 16 bands competing. After a long and nervous 5 hour wait, the band finally took to the stage and played Saint-Saens Variations (arr. Phillip Sparke). The band played well, and were awarded a 9th place. A great improvement over previous years. Full 4th Section results are published on the London and Southern Counties Region website Well done band!

THIRD in the Folkestone SCABA Contest.

Snowdown Colliery Welfare Band competed in the Southern Counties Amateur Band Association”s (S.C.A.B.A.) annual Folkestone contest today. Pieces played: Hymn: Hyfrydol (R H Prichard) Test Piece: Anglian Dances (Alan Fernie) The band played well to a full audience and were placed THIRD by the contest adjudicator, Philip Harper. Full contest results will appear on the SCABA website later.

Contest Pieces Announced

Championship Section: English Heritage (George Lloyd) published by R. Smith & Co. 1st Section: Moorside Suite (Gustav Holst) – published by R. Smith & Co. 2nd Section: Kingdom of Dragons (Philip Harper) published by Harper Music 3rd Section: Labour and Love (Percy Fletcher) published by R. Smith & Co. 4th Section: Saint-Sa?ns Variations (Philip Sparke) published by Anglo Music Press.