Return to the the British Open Spring Festival

Having received an invitation to compete at the British Open Spring Festival as a result of its victory in the Welsh Open Championship in February, the band returned to Blackpool for the first time since 2013 to compete in the Senior Trophy.

Held in the Spanish Hall at the Winter Gardens on 7th May 2022, the band performed the set test piece, ‘Life Divine’, by (Swansea-born composer!) Cyril Jenkins.

The band achieved an excellent 7th place in a field of 22 bands, its highest ever position in the competition! The adjudicators for the contest were Sandy Smith and Simon Gresswell.

The band were very grateful to receive funding from the Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm Community Fund to cover the transport costs for the weekend.

Full results for the contest are below.

1Unite the UnionJonathan Beatty20
2Boarshurst SilverJamie Prophet10
3FishburnDuncan Beckley18
4East London BrassJayne Murrill19
5TylorstownGary Davies1
6EnderbyStephen Phillips13
7PontardulaisPaul Jenkins21
8Unison KinneilRaymond Tennant2
9Hatfield & Askern CollieryStan Lippeatt6
10Yorkshire Imperial Urquhart TravelGarry Hallas5
11Eccles BoroughMareika Gray22
12Easington CollieryStephen Malcolm4
13Thundersley BrassMelvin White11
14AmershamPaul Fisher3
15Marsden SilverAndrew Lofthouse12
16Sovereign BrassStephen Roberts8
17Bo’ness & CarridenAndrew Duncan14
18LydbrookStephen Sykes17
19Crofton SilverDean Jones15
20Roberts BakeryPaul Lovatt-Cooper9
21StaffordshireCraig Williams7
22JackfieldRyan Richards16

Best Instrumentalist: Sarah Curtis – Trombone (Unite the Union)