National Music Festival 2007

The first National  BB Brass Band Association Music Festival was a new venture for us since we were previously involved (particularly the brass) in the BB National Brass Band Contest.

Participants came from as far afield as Doncaster to be involved. There was also local BB and GB involvement from around south Hampshire.

The Festival, although non-competitive, encouraged the individual as well as the team to perform to their highest standard. Performances which are clear, concise and communicate to the audience, bridging the gap between technical ability and artistic nuances, achieve very creditable results.

There were 34 entries in three class groups: brass, woodwind and voice. Entries were fielded by Junior section and Company section groups to form choirs as well as 'brigade friends' from different companies coming together to put forward an entry.

The adjudication was provided by two musicians: Simon Morgan and Simon Pontin, who have established backgrounds in the music industry. Their expertise and professionalism was put across with positive enthusiasm and was a joy to hear. 

The broad marking range for participants was:

Fair  75-77 A performance limited in its communications
Promising  78-80 A performance showing development of technique and/or communications
Merit  81-83 A capable performance showing some artistic appreciation and/or technical ability
Highly Commended  84-86 A convincing performance technically and artistically
Distinction  87-89 An excellent performance technically and artistically
Honours  90+ An exceptional performance technically and artistically

The results were very encouraging and all faired very well:

Fair  0
Promising 3
Merit  6
Highly Commended  14
Distinction  8
Honours  2

For the 'best of classes' the adjudicator had the discretion to award cups and trophies to entrants who are awarded the following levels of attainment: Highly commended; Distinction or Honours.

The results for the 2007 Festival were:

Most promising Junior brass player
(12 years and under)
Benjamin Knight – 1st Chandlers Ford BB 
Most promising brass player 
13 to 18 years)
Gemma Bailey – 1st Hedge End GB 
Most outstanding group in the ensemble classes
(12 years and under) 
Not awarded
Most outstanding group in the ensemble classes
(13 years to Adult) 
1st Chandlers Ford BB
Fred Mansfield Shield - Most outstanding group in the brass band classes.  1st Chandlers Ford BB
Most promising woodwind player 
(12 years and under) 
Thomas Mussell - 1st Chandlers Ford BB
Most promising woodwind player 
(13 to 18 years)
Rebecca Pitt – 1st Basingstoke GB
Most outstanding group in the ensemble classes Thomas Mussell & Jack Simmonds - 1st Chandlers Ford BB
Most promising Junior vocalist 
(12 years and under) 
Not awarded
Most promising vocalist Kerry-Jayne Lilly – 1st Totton GB
Most promising Youth Choir 1st Chandlers Ford BB Company Section

The singing particularly was interesting as we had BB Junior Section and a Company Section choir formed to enter.

We had a good day of music endeavour and fellowship, and another resounding success for the Boys' and Girls' Brigade.

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