GBBA Virtual Solo and Ensemble Festival

The contest has been adjudicated and the results are out for the recent Gloucestershire Brass Band Association Virtual Solo and Ensemble Festival. Karin Lythell, GBBA secretary commented, “Congratulations to all prize winners and thank you to everyone who entered. We were delighted with the take up for the event, which spread beyond the GBBA. In the end Brett Baker had 48 individual performances to adjudicate, with musicians represents 18 different bands. Our sincere thanks go to Brett for his adjudications as well as to Michael Rath and Geneva Instruments for sponsoring the event. We hope to make it a regular event in our calendar for the future.”

Feedback for each performance has been sent to the individual contestants and the first three placings in each category can be viewed below.


Class A: 11 and Under Solo

1st Michael McDonald Share My Yoke by Joy Webb, arranged by Ivor Baosanko Spennymoor Town Band

2nd Phoebe Jones The Enchanted Trumpet by Allen Vizzutti Delph Youth Band

3rd Finley South Blues for Big Ears by Mark Nightingale Cheltenham Silver Band


Class B: 12 to 14 Solo

1st Toula Thomas Red White and Blues by Leonard Bernstein Royal Spa Brass

2nd Sophie Danks Flennon Study by David A Stowell Lydbrook Training Band

3rd Luna Arguelles Blues for Big Ears by Pink Panther Lydney Town Band


Class C: 15 to 17 Solo

1st Louis Charles Thomas Pas De Deux by Allen Vizzutti Parkend Silver Band

2nd Ella Lewis A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square by Maschwitz/Sherwin, arranged by Oliver Ledbury Bream Training Band

3rd Alasdair Woodward Study 14 by Bourgeois Lydney Town Band


Class D: Open Percussion Solo

1st Edward Jury The Double Bubble Duchess by March Shaiman and Scott Wittman, arranged by Chris Burgess Lydbrook Training Band


Class E: Open Slow Melody Solo

1st Samantha Ford Elegy, 2nd Movement from the Tenor Horn Concerto by Phillip Wilby Filton Concert Brass

2nd Anthony Smith Candlelight Carol by John Rutter, arranged by David Griffiths Filton Concert Brass

3rd Claire Cooke All That I Am by William Himes Sovereign Brass


Class F: Air Varie & Technical Solo

1st Matt Rowe Auld Lang Syne by Simone Mantia, arranged by Keith Wilkinson Flowers Band

2nd Thomas Dunne Hummingbird by Steven Bryant Filton Concert Brass

3rd David Hirst Maid of the Mist by Herbert Clarke Sovereign Brass


Class G: Open Ensemble

1st Samantha Ford and Thomas Dunne (duet) Sontata in Canon No.1, Movement 3 by Telemann Filton Concert Brass

2nd Elizabeth Forster and Eleanor Forster (duet) Blues in Bb by Jack Gale Forest of Dean Brass and Bream Training Band

3rd H’6tet (sextet) The Melody Shope by Karl King, arranged by Micah Roberts


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