CHALFORD senior band‘s participation in the 2016 own choice contest run by
the Gloucestershire Brass Band Association is best forgotten.
Adjudicator David Thornton put them in last place in the top section test piece and march.
Section A — lst Section Bands
1. Forest of Dean Brass 90pts
2. A W Parker Drybrook 89pts
3. Wantage B 88pts
4. Chalford 87pts
Withdrawn. Kidlington Concert Brass
1. Forest of Dean Brass 92pts
2. Wantage B 90pts
3. A W Parker Drybrook 89pts
4. Chalford 88pts
Withdrawn; Kidlington Concert Brass
David Thornton’s comments on Chalford’s performances:
Test Piece: A King‘s Lie
Good atmosphere to start. And some good detail. (14) not quite clean and rhythms not secure. Good dynamic build. Presto – good technique on show. (75) good cornet. (91) good detail. Good transition to Adagio.
(115) expressive flugel nice use of rit. Good cornet too. just be careiul of balance. (131) not quite
together to start. Good euph sing it out even more though. (149) careful of tuning in these super quiet passages.
Demis need more rhythmic accuracy to be 100 per cent clear. (167) careful of tuning in dim. (171) good style and well done basses. (207) rhythmic pattern doesn’t quite settle. (235) great energy here. (251) good trom harmonics.
(267) quaver lines could have more fluency [not too short] for this style. (283) very tranquil nice flugel again. (301) good pitching in low brass but ring through and sustain the long notes it’s a melody of sorts. Good build to (321). Good atmosphere achieved at (321). could it be even more legato. During build up percussion got too loud too soon. Big finish. Thanks.
March. Knight Templar.:
Ensemble isn’t quite clean to start. Make sure the tuning doesn’t suffer in the quieter passages and the soloists need to ring out and shine just a touch sure. Make sure we have no rushing give it poise and stature.
Trio: well balanced duet. Per stay with the band. ensemble has to be tight. f to ff contrast could be more.
Good “con express.” DC – the style needs more strength and hold just falls over at key moments.
Dynamic gestures work well in phrase 2. Good finish. Thanks.