Manx Youth Band Back to Winning Ways

Manx Music Festival - Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd April 2006

The Manx Youth Band players were celebrating this week after a successful guild saw them recapture three of the four main trophies on Sunday Evening in the brass band classes.

The weekend started well for the band on Saturday morning at 9.00am in the Villa Marina Royal Hall, where the band picked up the first trophy of the festival in the Under 16 Brass Quartet class, with MYB groups finishing first, second and third.

More good results followed with second place in the under 16 Brass Ensemble and MYB players finishing in the top three positions in the 16 and under 19 solo classes. Charlotte Chambers performance of Rusalka’s Song to the Moon earned her 90 marks and first place, with Joe Pilkington earning 87 marks and second place with his rendition of the Ash Grove and Helen Morrison scoring 85 points in third place playing Deliver Us from the Prince of Egypt.

Following the lunch break the action moved to the promenade suite with the 12 and Under 16 solo class and, with a mammoth 34 entries to listen to, we certainly didn’t envy adjudicator Gareth Pritchard’s job! Jack Divers, cornet player with the Douglas Town Band, was awarded first place with MYB players Holly Latham, James Aire, Annabel Chambers and Melissa Bell filling the top five positions in that order.

After a short interval for tea, the solo competitions continued with the Under 12 class. This was won by the Manx Youth Band’s Chloe Harrison on cornet who scored a very impressive 92 points playing Cornet Polka.

The final class on Saturday was the over 19 solo competition. In a very close contest John Wood performed Vaughan Williams’ Tuba Concerto to take the first prize with 92 points. Kathryn Power was awarded second and 91 points playing Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise on Tenor Horn and James Mayles achieved 90 points in third place playing Variations on The Ash Grove on Eb Bass.

Sunday’s competitions began at 2.00pm with the open ensemble class, which Manx Concert Brass won with 90 points for playing A Greig Suite. Briarfield Brass from Onchan came second, awarded 88 points playing Singing in the Rain. In the open Quartets the results were reversed with Briarfield Brass playing A Southern Gospel Suite and winning the class with 88 points leaving Manx Concert Brass in second place on 87 points after playing Clouds and Sunshine.

Sunday evening’s full band competitions are considered the highlight of the weekend and, playing to a good crowd in the Royal Hall, the Manx Youth Band won the Test Piece Class with Gareth Pritchard awarding them 88 points for their interpretation of Philip Wilby’s The Seasons. Ramsey Town Band finished in second place with 86 points.

The final class of the weekend was the 30 minute programme which must begin with a march and hymn tune. Manx Youth Band were awarded the prize for the best march and hymn tune, playing their signature march Manx Youth written by Derek Broadbent and Philip Wilby’s arrangement of The Day Thou Gavest. Further success followed when the soloist for the band Charlotte Chambers was awarded the George Ridgeway trophy for best soloist with an excellent performance of Spanish Eyes. The band was pipped into second place for the overall award for the 30 minute programme losing out to Ramsey Town Band by a single point.

Congratulations to all who took part in what was an exhausting but enjoyable weekend.