Test pieces for Bugle 2018

Thoughts of summer days, though well ahead, are always welcome, so the West of England Bandsmen’s Festival is pleased to announce during these darker days of autumn the Test Pieces chosen for next summer’s Festival on June 16th.

Chosen as always to challenge the Bands with attractive music, thought is also given to ensure a pleasant listening experience to entertain the large audience which always attends this unique Open Air Festival. 


Isaiah 40 – Robert Redhead.                                                   

March – Jubilee - Paul Drury


Symphony of Marches – Gilbert Vinter.                                                   

Guardian of My Soul – Darren Shaw.


Fire in the Blood – Paul Lovatt-Cooper.                                             

Salutation from Cornish Hymns Set No. 3 – Kenneth Pelmear


The Haslemere Suite – Peter Graham.


A Circus Suite – Stuart Johnson.


Own Choice Test Piece


Own Choice (no longer than 10 minutes)

ADJUDICATOR Mark Wilkinson.  

In addition to securing cornet virtuoso, Mark Wilkinson as adjudicator, the Festival is pleased to announce the appointment of Jonathan Lush Camps LRSM as the new Deportment Judge. Jonathan succeeds Gareth Roberts MBE who has given outstanding service in that position for the last 36 years.

Jonathan was born into a Cornish musical family, and after early cornet lessons from his father Hugh he joined the St. Dennis Youth Band, at that time the National Champion Youth Band of Great Britain.  He joined the Royal Marines School of Music at Deal, Kent in 1979, remaining in the Royal Marines Band Service for twenty-three years, performing in many ceremonial occasions at places all around the world, including a period on board HM Royal Yacht Britannia.

He was selected for Bandmaster training in 1992, and distinguished himself by winning the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians for being the top student, the Chappell Conducting Prize and gaining his LRSM Diploma.

He says, "I am excited to have this opportunity to give something back to this wonderful Festival, which has done so much to inspire the enthusiasm of many young Cornish people to become part of our brass banding culture.  I firmly believe that my attendance as a youngster at Bugle Contest is what has given me a life-long appreciation of music in general, and brass band music in particular."

To assist with potential personnel problems caused by the timing of the Festival, the Rules have been changed for 2018 to allow a Band to include up to 5 Guest Players, subject to certain conditions to be found in the Festival Rules (www.buglebandcontest.co.uk).


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