Mineworkers' National Brass Band Championships
16th November 2002
The Essence of Time
Peter Graham (1989)
Conducted by Graham O'Connor
Good start (a little overpitching in Bass!) Perhaps it could sound a little more 'brilliant'
(5 ~ 'Steady') Good change, all parts are heard to good effect, with a superb sound.
(8 ~ 'Leggiero') Light as marked - well done. All parts are heard & measured as they should be.
(14 ~ 'Cantabile') Well done.
(15 ~ 'Adagio espressivo') A shaky moment - you recover and a lovely sound heard from Solo Horn. The music is well shaped by the Conductor.
(18 ~ 'Ritmico') Not entirely secure to start.
(19) Rhythmic with good percussion. I enjoy this.
(24 ~ 'Espressivo') Expressive & a lovely accompaniment too.
(26) All Soloists are fine. The music is well shaped with just the right space.
(29 ~ 'Alla marcia') Good Euphonium start. Some of the groupings not always measured as they should be, but overall (apart from a little mis-pitching) a good version.
(35 ~ 'Scherzando') Good compound time & the full band sound is excellent throughout.
(42 ~ 'Maestoso') Majestic - but expressive too.
A fine band sound throughout all the dynamic ranges. A performance well shaped by the Conductor - only slight lapses detracted.
Result : 3rd. 192 points.
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