Midlands Area 2020

Midlands Area 2020

The band have been exceptionally busy preparing for the 2020 Midlands Regional Contest in Bedworth. We’ve had some ups and downs over the last year or so and some serious ground to make up in the First Section table after last year’s disappointing result. We were hoping for a good result this year and we got one: 7th! This was only possible thanks to the hard work of all involved, especially those new to band. We had to find a whole new percussion section and one or two other players, but everyone that joined fitted in wonderfully with our existing members. Everyone pulled together and we were really happy with our preparations. Legacy Our performance on stage was everything we wanted - nothing was left in the band room. We played it absolutely as best as we could and we were delighted with the result. We avoided relegation to the Second Section and have improved our position for next year too. We had some really...
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Midlands Regional Contest 2009

The Midlands Area approaches and Carlton Brass are busy working up this year's challenging test piece Pentacle. Written by Graham Cole, and based on the myths and legends surrounding the ancient symbol of the same name, the piece is proving to be a bit of a handful. Pentacle is a very modern brass band piece of music and contains some very clever, if difficult, musical ideas. Most themes are created around the use of fives which makes for some interesting intervals and time changes, however the band has been working hard at rehearsals and will be ready for the challenge. Once again the area contest is being held in Bedworth with 16 bands competing in the first section. Results from the North-West and Yorkshire regionals have suggested the piece is proving to be a real test for many bands. Brass band news website 4barsrest is predicting us to come third on Saturday. We will see, but if we do achieve that position we...
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Success at the Midlands Area

2008 has seen Carlton Brass in the First Section for the very first time in its history, and so the band was expecting a tough task at this year's area contest in Bedworth. The chosen test piece, James Cook Circumnavigator by Gilbert Vinter, was a difficult piece and we had spent many extra rehearsals polishing our performance. It would be fair to say that every band had its problems with James Cook on the day and the winners, the excellent Glossop Old, were clearly superior to all the other contenders in the section. However, we somehow managed to produce a polished, sympathetic performance of the test piece and were rewarded with a superb fourth place. Considering that this was our first year in the higher section this was an outstanding result and something that we're all very proud about. The only disappointment was the fact that, yet again, we had missed out on a trip to the National Finals by a single...
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The 2005 Area Contest – Special Report

A report from our special correspondent Phil (he knows cos he was there) Areas day 2005 had arrived. Three months of practice on Vaughan Williams' Variatiations for Brass Band behind us and we were off to Burton-on-Trent Town Hall to play it one last time. The day was certainly a memorable one, full of laughter, tragedy, fights, booze, bacon butties, foot fetishists, bad smells, the usual dodgy results... oh and a bit of music in there somewhere. First fight of the day was hand bags at dawn, when one bandsman greeted the other with a friendly "Aye Up you old BEEP, what the BEEP are you wearing. You should be in your BEEPing uniform - if it's not good enough for you, you can BEEP off and join another BEEPing band" - or some other such early morning pleasantry. "Yeah just BEEP off and stick it up your BEEP" came the friendly reply. Sensing a fun game another triade of abuse was offered as...
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