Butlins Mineworkers Contest 2008

The 2008 contesting season got underway in sunny Skegness last weekend with the 2008 Butlins Minworkers Championships. Carlton Brass joined the First Section for the very first time in a huge field of 24 bands, vying for the top prize of £1500 and the much sought-after champions banner.

The choice of test piece was a golden oldie – Edward Gregson’s The Plantagenets – a piece we’d been practising since last year for the Leicester and Leamington contests. It’s a great piece, full of clever musicality and the odd trap-door for the unsuspecting soloists. Continue reading Butlins Mineworkers Contest 2008

Carlton wins in Leicester

Carlton breaks its long run of minor 3rds with a major 1st, as well as retaining the Soloist Prize.

Walter Ritchie and Carlton Brass are over the moon after winning the 2nd Section at the Leicester Open. Playing band number 4 they broke their long running spate of 3rd places, (Butlin’s and the Area three times). Also it was great news for Steve Parker on Soprano Cornet who retained the soloist prize yet again, well done Steve see you in the club on Monday Continue reading Carlton wins in Leicester

Stannington sweep the board

Lakeside Entertainments Contest

Stannington band took home 1st prize and the George Slattery Memorial Cup as well as the prize and trophy for the most entertaining band. The entertainment adjudicators commented: “Looked Good…..All Round Entertainment…..The Best & Most Entertaining Band”.

These prizes were received on stage by the band’s youngest member – Cornet player Becky Ball who has recently progressed from Stannington’s training band and promises to be a ‘star of the future’ for the band.

Karen Bolt, principal horn player (and member of the band since she was 11) also won her 3rd soloist prize by scooping the prize for best soloist on the day with her performance of Peter Graham’s ‘A time for Peace’ on which David Read commented : “Pleasing sound from the soloist…..I enjoyed it very much” Continue reading “Stannington sweep the board”

The 3rd Annual Lakeside Open Invitation Contest

Carlton Brass in association with Lakeside presents:

3rd Annual Open Invitation Contest

Sunday 16th September 2007

Adjudicator: David Read

Compare: Lyndon Cooper of Newstead Welfare Band

Draw 11am Start 12 Noon

Full outdoor BBQ Breakfast and Dinner plus cheap outdoor bar at Lakeside

Enjoy good music in the fantastic settings of Lakeside, located on Mansfield Road, Arnold, Nottingham NG58PH Continue reading “The 3rd Annual Lakeside Open Invitation Contest”

Carlton Brass come third at Butlins

For the second year running we retained our 3rd place spot at Butlins coming third behind Kippax and Delph. All three bands were on top form and stood out from the rest of the runners. Below is a quote from 4barsrest.com: Carlton Brass were excellent value for their podium place. What a great sounding band they are too with a fine bass and trombone section. … Continue reading Carlton Brass come third at Butlins

Carlton Brass come second at Leicester

Walter had a really fine day on his first contest with the band at Leicester yesterday. We were not on top form but the quality was there as was proved when Steve Parker on sop collected the soloist prize for his playing in Eric Ball’s “Tournament for Brass”.

The winners on the day were The Wigston Band who were excellent. There were 10 bands in the section and it was a really good days contesting. So tonight its back to the drawing board to prepare for next week at Leamington Continue reading “Carlton Brass come second at Leicester”

Lakeside Entertainments Contest 2006 – Important Information

Because of severe parking problems at Lakeside the Entertainments Contest on Sept 10th has been relocated to The Mapperley Plains Social Club on Plains Road Mapperley Nottingham NG35RH. All timings remain the same and full refreshment facilities and bar is available. Individual band secretaries will be contacted directly. For More details please contact Michelle Donze on 0115 9525444 Carlton Brass (Nottingham) & Lakeside apologies for … Continue reading Lakeside Entertainments Contest 2006 – Important Information

Lakeside Details

Lakeside Entertainments Contest 10th September 2006

All is now set for a fine day of brass music at Lakeside in Nottingham. It is regretted that the planed Championship/first section and the top prize of £1000 has had to be postponed till next year, this is due to the fact of other contests on the same weekend and bands still on holiday.

David Read is the adjudicator and the larger than life Lyndon Cooper is the compare. Continue reading “Lakeside Details”