The brass prize competitions took place on Sunday 22nd April, and we were very lucky to have the esteemed trumpet player Paul Archibald (ex Philip Jones Brass Ensemble) to spend the day with our brass players. The brass prizes took the form of 3 master classes. Each player received a short lesson from Paul on their selected pieces, and he gave very direct and positive advice to everyone.
The culmination of the day was a concert in the main auditorium, which involved the senior brass band and also featured several smaller ensembles. Paul Archibald played in the band for the whole concert but also gave us 2 solos, one with the band and one with JFM on piano.
The prizes were awarded during the concert and went to :
Senior Brass Prize
1st :- Henry Thomas (Ch 3) and Laurence Jeffcoate (Ch 5)
Highly Commended:- Matt Davies (M LVI) and Harry Sargeant (M 5)
1st :- George Birt (PH 4)
2nd :- Joe Bell (I 4)
1st :- Angus Hay (Rb 3)
2nd :- Tom Breese (PH 3)
3rd :- Alfred Mitchell (SH 3)