National Music Festival 2009

Following the success of the previous year this event has become established in our calendar and this third national BB/GB Music Festival was held at Chandlers Ford Methodist Church. Participants from local companies in the South were joined by companies from as far as Kent, London, Cornwall and Doncaster.

The Festival, although non-competitive, encourages 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 59 entries in five class groups: brass, woodwind, keyboards, mixed instrumentals and voice. A number of entries this year were cross-company entries made by ‘Brigade friends’ as well as ensembles formed for the occasion. We were also treated to a mini-rock group, a solo spoken verse and a ‘rap’. We also introduced two new class-types this year which proved to be popular: accompaniment with CD track and solo unaccompanied. 

It was encouraging that entries had increased by 24% on the previous year and it is hoped that the number of entries will continue to increase again for next year as more companies get involved. It was also pleasing that a number of adults entered this event demonstrating that this is not just a youth event, but an ‘all-age’ Brigades’ event.

The adjudication was provided by Christopher Mahy who has an extensive background in music education. His expertise and professionalism was put across with positive enthusiasm which gave all performers future development goals, targets and aspirations.

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  0
Merit  1
Highly Commended  19
Distinction  19
Honours  19

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 2009 Festival are:

Most promising Junior brass player (12 years and under)  Abigail Andrews – 1st Chandlers Ford BB
Most promising brass player (13 to 18 years)  Ben Knight – 1st Chandlers Ford BB
Most outstanding group in the ensemble classes. (12 years and under)  Claudia Jenkins & Stephen Coulter – 1st Chandlers Ford BB
Most outstanding group in the ensemble classes. (13 years to Adult)  Senior Band of 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)  Claudia Jenkins – 1st Eastleigh GB 
Most promising woodwind player (13 to 18 years)  Thomas Mussell – 1st Chandlers Ford BB
Most outstanding group in the ensemble classes Wind Ensemble – 1st Chandlers Ford BB
Most promising Junior vocalist (12 years and under)  Not awarded
Most promising vocalist  Catherine Treneer – Cornwall
Most promising Youth Choir CFMC Youth Choir 
Most promising keyboard player (12 years and under)  Not awarded
Most promising keyboard player (13 to 18 years)  Thomas Mussell – 1st Chandlers Ford BB
Most outstanding group in the ensemble classes Not awarded
Adjudicators Medals
Brass – solo  Polly Boyles 1st Chandlers Ford BB
Brass ensembles  Gemma King & Alex Ogilvie 7th Doncaster BB/GB
Woodwind – ensembles  Diana Boyles & Diane Farrenden 1st Chandlers Ford BB
Vocal – solo  Jack Simmonds 1st Chandlers Ford BB
Mixed Instrumentals  Timothy Coutts – Kent BB



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