Flowers Win 2022 Butlin's Championship Section

Flowers notched up a ninth impressive victory at the recent Butlin’s Open Brass Band Festival in Skegness. Under the skilled direction of M.D. Paul Holland the band impressed with an excellent performance of Wilby’s ‘Paganini Variations’ in the set test piece section on Saturday, before returning the following day with an assured and thoroughly entertaining reprise of their Brass in Concert programme. Adjudicators Steve Sykes and Stephen Roberts placed them first for music on both days with fellow judge Chris Dean also awarding the band top spot for entertainment. Principal cornet Jamie Smith added to the silverware with his fabulous performance of ‘St Paul’s from Fleet Street’ winning him the Geoff Dove Soloists Challenge Trophy. 

Desford Colliery under Michael Fowles and GUS led by Chris Jeans battled it out for the runner-up spot sharing the musical placings across the two days. Desford however just pipped it, clinching second place by virtue of being placed higher for entertainment. The full breakdown of results can be seen below and a full retrospective of the event will appear in the next issue of Brass Band World Magazine.

Championship Section
Adjudicators: Steve Sykes (music) & Stephen Roberts (music); Chris Dean (entertainment)
Set Work (music) + Entertainment (music) + entertainment* = Total

1. Flowers (Paul Holland): 1 + 1 + 1 = 3
2. Desford Colliery (Michael Fowles): 3 + 2 + 2 = 7
3. GUS Band (Chris Jeans): 2 + 3 + 3 = 8
4. Redbridge Brass (Chris Bearman): 6 + 4 + 4 = 14
5. Haverhill Silver (Paul Filby): 4 + 6 + 5 = 15
5. Skelmanthorpe (Martin Heartfield): 5 + 5 + 6 = 16

*In event of a tie the higher placing in entertainment only takes precedence

Butlins Most Entertaining Performance: Flowers
Winner of Set Test Piece: Flowers

Highest Placed Mining Band: Desford Colliery

Geoff Dove Soloist Challenge Shield winner in Entertainment category: Jamie Smith (Cornet) — Flowers
Outstanding Soloist in Set Test Piece: George Bruce (Euphonium) — GUS Band


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