British Bandsman Issue 6034 digital - Page 3

page 3 british bandsman The leading international brass band magazine Established 1887 Editor Mark Good Regular Contributors and Consultants Paul Bennett Julian Bright Dr Joel Collier Adam Cooke Dr Jonathan Corry Anne Crookston Gerry Duggan Owen Farr Martin Gernon Laura Good Sophie Hart Chris Helme Paul Hindmarsh Tabby Kerwin Dr Liz Lane Damian Martin Tim Mutum Jared McCunnie Les Neish Arfon Owen Alex Parker Frank Renton John Stirzaker ARPS Andy Straiton Glenn Van Looy Nick Walkley Richard Ward Ryan Watkins Dr Keith Wilkinson Allan Withington Malcolm Wood Carl Woodman Across the country, households are frantically trying to ensure babysitters are organised, shirts are being ironed before having 'dinner', which consists of squeezing in a late-night sandwich - it can only be those nights in the build-up to the Regional Championships, when life is juggled, one way or the other, around a busy rehearsal schedule. The North West saw its contest take place last weekend, with Blackpool's Winter Gardens a hive of activity which saw all five sections take place in one day - well done to the organisers for keeping everything ticking over. It made for an intense, engaging day of listening and an interesting marker for the weeks to come. Across the levels, the finest performances generally rose to the top of the pile but regardless of the level, the same issues threatened to detract from bands' performances: playing the notes and rhythms together, with good balance and a pleasing sound, while in tune. The need for the basics to be intact is so important across the board though of course, the consistency is expected to rise as one rises through the sections. After that, it was interesting to note how conductors sought, each in their own different ways, to bringing the performances to life. Although standards were, at times, variable, there was much to enjoy and it was celebration time for the bands which found themselves in the prizes. This weekend sees Wales become the focal point of the action. Which bands will join the qualifiers at the National Brass Band Championships? We'll find out soon. Have a great week. Mark Good Editor. Editorial Mark Good Email: info@britishbandsman.com Typesetting and Artwork Mark Good Display and classified advertising and general enquiries Email: adverts@britishbandsman.com Accounts Phone: 01422 882885 Email: accounts@britishbandsman.com Subscriptions Email: subscriptions@britishbandsman.com Internet: www.britishbandsman.com Subscription Rates - 12 months (48 issues per year) Digital edition: £42.99 Printed copy: £62.95 (£42.95 until next subscription is due for current subscribers) Subscribe at www.britishbandsman.com with a credit or debit card, or pay by sterling cheque or bank draft. Please make cheques payable to British Bandsman. Although we welcome unsolicited editorial contributions, photographs and artwork, we cannot accept responsibility for their return. The opinions contained in the magazine are not necessarily a reflection of those held by the publisher, its editorial advisors or consultants. Neither does the publisher accept responsibility for claims made by those advertising in the magazine. Material in this publication may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form without the Editor’s written permission. British Bandsman is published by IBB Media Ltd, Unit 7, Topland Country Business Park, Cragg Road, Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire, HX7 5RW