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 … Continue reading Midlands Area 2020
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 … Continue reading Good result for Carlton Brass in Bedworth
14th March 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. Continue reading Midlands Regional Contest 2009
Carlton Brass have enjoyed a fun day (and night) in the delightful region of Tameside for the traditional Brass Band event Whit Friday Marches. The band loaded themselves into a large, red Premier coach at two in the afternoon and headed across the Derbyshire Dales towards the beer-soaked, band-loving villages of Lancashire. The drive over was made more interesting by the Satnav device favoured by … Continue reading Whit Fun
Friday 16th May 2008. Carlton Brass will be attending the famous Whit Friday Marches. The band will be heading to t’other side of t’ Pennines to compete against some of the country’s finest Brass Bands around the beautiful villages around the Oldham and Saddleworth area. Continue reading Friday 16th May 2008 – Whit Friday Marches
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. Continue reading Success at the Midlands Area
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 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
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”
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”