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 Second Section Champions 2015

Midlands Second Section Champions 2015

Carlton Brass took part in the Midlands Regional contest in Bedworth yesterday, performing in the Second Section for the first time since the band's relegation from the First Section in 2014. 12 bands took to the stage to perform the impressive 'Variations on Maccabeus' by Kevin Norbury - a piece that was both difficult to play and full of style - and Carlton Brass pulled off our first Area contest victory in 14 years. Drawn number 11 our performance caught the attention of both the brass band press and (more importantly) the adjudicators. Some of the comments on twitter were very encouraging: #regs2015 Mid 2: The battle is well and truly joined now with terrific display from @CarltonBrass. Will Raunds Temperance raise the bar? — British Bandsman (@BB1887) March 8, 2015 #regs2015 Mid 2: Carlton up the ante to sneak ahead in the race to Cheltenham with that well managed account http://t.co/2TXXJIZ2P8 — 4barsrest.com (@4barsrest) March 8, 2015 4barsrest also wrote some nice things on their website as...
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A Fine Fifth at Bedworth

Carlton Brass competed in the Midlands Regional Championships in Bedworth at the weekend. Playing Berlioz's masterpiece La Carnaval Romain in a strong field of 18 bands Carlton impressed both the audience and the adjudicators with a fine performance. The band earned a satisfying fifth place, making up for a disappointing 15th position last year. Although the band won't be heading for Cheltenham for the National Finals the performance on the day proved that they are able to compete with the best bands in the section. The result was due to hard work in the rehearsal room and expert direction from MD Stan Lippeatt. The band will take great heart from improvements made to the quality of the band under Stan's direction and 2011 promises to be a very good year for Carlton Brass. Congratulations to Phoenix West Midlands for winning the contest with a very fine performance, and also to Ratby and Hathern for joining them in the top three. Good luck at...
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Good result for Carlton Brass in Bedworth

Saturday 14th of March 2009 saw Carlton Brass compete at the Midlands Regional Contest in the First Section. This was the band's second year in this section and there were high hopes of repeating last year's excellent 4th position. The test piece was the rather difficult Pentacle by talented, young composer Graham Cole. Graham had created a piece of music that would have tested most Championship Section bands and comments around the various regionals have shown that many bands have struggled at rehearsals with Pentacle. Opinion of the piece has been divided. Some people love it and some don't but the band managed to find enough music in the piece to be adjudged sixth in a field of 16 bands. Despite a wobble during the Fire movement the other four movements featured some good ensemble work and many fine solos that impressed the two adjudicators enough to give us a top six finish. The band were delighted with the result considering the difficulty...
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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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