Elland Silver Slow Melody Competition

2020 marks the 31st anniversary of Elland Silver Band’s annual Slow Melody contest. Over the years the contest has had the pleasure of welcoming some 1600 musicians; many young players have gone on to become some of countries leading brass players, conductors and music educators.
This year’s event will be held on Saturday 23rd May 2020 at Southgate Methodist Church, Elland. The venue has excellent acoustics, a separate refreshment area and adjacent rooms for warm up. The event also offers soloists the opportunity to perform with piano accompaniment and is also hoping to attract entrants in the sections for tuned percussion (xylophone, glockenspiel and vibraphone).
Once again the event is open to players of all ages and abilities and sees players playing a lyrical solo to demonstrate their best tone, breath control and musicianship. Duets and quartets can be any style to demonstrate ensemble skills. Classes are grouped in age bands and there will also be a novice classes for first timers.

This year’s contest will be adjudicated by renowned tenor horn soloist, Sheona White. As well as keep sake trophies, winners will also receive a music voucher, sponsored by Band Supplies.
The band’s secretary Kathleen Harrison stated, “As far as we are aware it’s one of the longest running competitions of its kind in the country and we’re very keen to uphold that tradition. The church offers excellent facilities and a lovely acoustic to perform in.”
Entry forms are available from Kathleen Harrison via email at ellandband@hotmail.co.uk or from the website www.ellandsilverband.co.uk.
The closing date for entries is Friday 15th May 2020.

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