National Music Festivals 2017

Two great events took place this year.

The number of entries was lower than in previous years, but the calibre and fellowship shared amongst all who visited was not diminished. The festival also sponsored the awareness of clean water in Kenya and raised over £160 for this cause.

There were new companies visiting the festival this year and hope that this will continue as BB and GB companies are made aware of this event in their area. The dates for 2018 have already been arranged for:

24 March 2018 at Chandlers Ford Methodist Church and 28 April 2018 at Derringham Bank Methodist Church - Hull

All participants received an enamel collectors badge, a certificate and report for taking part.


Southern Festival on Saturday 25 March in Chandlers Ford, Hampshire

A vast array of musical styles were performed to a large number of spectators on 25 March as part of the Southern BB/GB Music Festival; one of the largest audience we have had.

Performers received a good verbal and written analysis of their performance and pointers for the future given by Peter Theobald, an ex-local primary teacher with a wealth of experience across a number of genres. Although the marks awarded were not as high as some may have expected but they were fair and comprehensive. A number of trophies were awarded and the table of results are given below.

The audience and performers warmed to his interpretation which was undertaken in a culture of warm ambiance at Chandlers Ford Methodist Church. As part of the culture of the day spectators and performers were able to experience, in a workshop environment, the playing of djembe drums from a local music group from Southampton. This was very popular.

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2017 BB/GB Southern Music Festival


Midland Festival on Saturday 6 May in Oadby, Leicestershire

6 May was our Midlands BB/GB Music Festival. It was supported by band supporters and local Battalion officials. Although the audience was small the atmosphere had the feel of a family gathering.

The day started with a mixed genre and ability workshop led by Lizette Bailey. Three pieces of different styles were learnt and performed and those taking part had opportunity to improve on sight-reading and improvise skills.

Performers received a good diet of helpful pointers for the future given by Rebecca Pepper, a freelance musician and peripatetic teacher from the Nottingham area. The marks awarded were comprehensive, with a number receiving distinction and honours. A number of trophies were awarded and the table of results are given below.

Oadby Baptist Church supported a wide range of performance styles with the youngest aged 8 and some only having started on their instrument in the last 4 months and willing to show what they had achieved to date.

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2017 BB/GB Midland Music Festival


Trophy Winners 2017

  Southern Festival Midlands Festival
Percussion Most promising ensemble Ding Dong Belles 1st Chandlers Ford GB
Vocal Most promising vocalist (13 years & under) Emma Chester 1st Totton GB
Most promising Choir 1st Hedge End 1st Hedge End GB
Keyboard Most promising player (13 years & under)
Sam Watson Sutton Coldfield BB
Most promising player (14 years & over) Kieren Bokhove 1st Chandlers Ford BB
Woodwind Most promising woodwind player (13 years & under) Josh Fitter 2nd Strood BB
Most outstanding group in the ensemble classes Flute Quartet 1st Chandlers Ford BB Samuel Jordan & Martha Norton 5th Hull BB/GA
Mixed Instrumentals Most promising player Will Lewis 1st Chandlers Ford BB Harriett Read 5th Hull BB/GA
Most promising ensemble Annabelle & Simon Duxbury 1st Chandlers Ford BB 5th Hull 5th Hull BB/GA
Brass Most promising brass player (13 years & under) Morro Barry 1st Chandlers Ford BB William Stewart 5th Hull BB/GA
Most promising brass player
(14 years & over)
Simon Duxbury 1st Chandlers Ford BB James Stewart 5th Hull BB/GA
Outstanding group in the ensemble classes (14 years & over) Stephen Coulter & Will Lewis 1st Chandlers Ford BB Terry's Bones London Stedfast
Outstanding group in the brass band classes Chandlers Ford Training Band 1st Chandlers Ford BB 1st Chandlers Ford 1st Chandlers Ford BB


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