Spring Festival 2018 

After a glorious weekend of banding in Blackpool Hamonds Saltaire were victorious securing first place and the Grand Shield for a third time in their history. The band will now be invited to compete at the Bristish Open Championships in September along with runners-up Aldbourne. Congratulations are also due to Senior Cup and Senior Trophy winners, Oldham Brass (Lees) and Wantage respectively. Next year's Spring Festival will take place at the Winter Gardens on 18th May 2019, one week later than previously advertised.  

A full report will appear in next month's issue and full results are below:

Grand Shield: 
Set-test: The Triumph of Time (Peter Graham) 
Adjudicators: Garry Cutt & Nigel Boddice 
1. Hammonds Saltaire (Morgan Griffiths)* 
2. Aldbourne (Dr David Thornton)* 
3. Virtuosi GUS (Adam Cooke)  
4. Woodfalls (Dr Robert Childs)  
5. NASUWT Riverside (Prof Nicholas Childs)  
6. Friary Guildford (Chris King)  
7. Reg Vardy (Russell Gray)  
8. Camborne Town (Kevin Mackenzie)  
9. Pemberton Old Wigan DW (Ben Dixon)  
10. East Yorkshire Motor Services (Stig Maersk)  
11. Rainford (Gareth Brindle)  
12. Thoresby Colliery (Ian McElligott)  
13. Filton Concert Brass (Tom Davoren)   
14. Milnrow (Mark Bentham)  
15. Jaguar Land Rover (Dave Lea)  
16. Tongwynlais Temperance (Andreas Kratz)  
17. Hepworth (Leigh Baker)** 
18. Ashton-under-Lyne (Philip Chalk) ** 
19. Llwydcoed (Christopher Turner)** 
20. City of Cardiff (Mellingriffith) (Dewi Griffiths)* * 
Best Instrumentalist: Isobel Daws (trombone) — Friary Guildford 
*Promoted to the British Open 
**Relegated to the Senior Cup 

The Senior Cup: 
Test Piece: Diadem of Gold (G. Bailey arr Frank Wright) 
Adjudicators: Michael Fowles & Roger Webster 
1. Oldham Band (Lees) (John Collins)* 
2. St Dennis (Darren Hawken) * 
3. Redbridge (Richard Ward)* 
4. Skelmanthorpe (Martin Heartfield)* 
5. Hatfield (Stan Lippeatt)  
6. Yorkshire Imperial Urquhart Travel (Jack Capstaff)  
7. Ratby Co-operative (Mareika Gray)  
8. Blackburn & Darwen (Jonathan Bates)  
9. Lydbrook (Glyn Williams)  
10. TCTC Group (Jef Sparkes)  
11. Aveley & Newham (Alan Duguid)  
12. Dalmellington (Richard Evans)  
13. Northop Silver (John Doyle)  
14. Newtongrange Silver (Anne Crookston)  
15. Goodwick Brass (Matthew Jenkins)  
16. Kingdom Brass (Ian Porthouse)  
17. Jackfield (Simon Platford) ** 
18. Burry Port Town (Gareth Robinson) ** 
19. Staffordshire (Jonathan Pippen)** 
20. Unite the Union (City of Sheffield) (John Roberts)** 
Best Instrumentalist: Benjamin Richteon (soprano) Oldham Band (Lees) 
*Promoted to the Grand Shield 
** Relegated to the Senior Trophy 

The Senior Trophy: 
Test Piece: A Kensington Concerto (Eric Ball) 
Adjudicators: Paul Andrews & Ryan Breen 
1. Wantage (Paul Holland)*  
2. Derwent Brass (Keith Leonard)*  
3. Elland Silver (Daniel Brooks)*  
4. Roche Brass (David Johnson)* 
5. Vernon Building Society Poynton (Ryan Watkins)  
6. Eccles Borough (David Hamilton) 
7. Shepherd Group (Richard Wilton)  
8. Tylorstown (Gary Davies)  
9. City of Bradford (Lee Skipsey)  
10. Ebbw Valley Brass (Gareth Ritter)  
11.SPAL Sovereign Brass (Trevor Jones)  
12. East London Brass (Jayne Murrill)  
13. Marsden Silver (Alan Widdop)  
14. Drighlington (Tommy Tynan) 
15. Bon Accord (Stephen Malcolm)**  
16. Roberts Bakery (Paul Lovatt-Cooper)** 
17. BTM (Jeff Hutcherson)** 
18. Unison Kinneil (Colin McKenzie) ** 
19. Fishburn (David Hirst)**  
20. Mount Charles (John Maines)** 
Best Instrumentalist: Stanley Westh (cornet) Vernon Building Society Poynton  
*Promoted to the Senior Cup 
**Must re-qualify 

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