Mid-Table Finish at the British Open Spring Festival

The band once again competed in the Senior Trophy at the British Open Spring Festival on Saturday 13th May 2023. The contest was held in the Spanish Hall at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, with the set test piece ‘The Accursed Huntsman’ by Cesar Franck and arranged by Edrich Siebert, selected to challenge the competing bands.

The band were placed 13th in a field of 21 bands, with Mark Wilkinson and Brett Baker as adjudicators.

A highlight of the day was one of our Academy Band members, Iolo Evans, making his first contest appearance with the senior band, playing bass drum, alongside his dad on Flugel Horn.

Full results for the contest are below.

1Thundersley BrassMelvin White16
2AmershamPaul Fisher12
3Stannington BrassSam Fisher14
4TylorstownRobert Westacott15
5Tongwynlais TemperanceOwen Farr13
6Blackburn & DarwenDaniel Thomas5
7Unison KinneilRaymond Tennant21
8Eccles BoroughJon Davis6
9LongridgeMark Peacock7
10Yorkshire ImperialGarry Hallas17
11Easington CollieryStephen Malcolm18
12Ebbw Valley BrassGareth Ritter19
13PontardulaisPaul Jenkins10
14EnderbyStephen Phillips8
15Parc & DareDewi Griffiths9
16Haverhill SilverPaul Filby2
17Filton Concert BrassNathan Jenkins1
18Vernon Building SocietyAdam Delbridge-Smith3
19Thoresby CollierySimon Oates20
20Bo’ness & CarridenCharlie Farren4
21Haftield & Askern CollieryStan Lippeat11

Best Instrumentalist: Keith Schroeter – Horn (Thundersley)