Saturday at The Guild 2015

April 2015

It was another very successful and extremely enjoyable 3 days at this year’s 123rd Manx Music Festival for both members of the Manx Youth Band and Manx Concert Brass.

It all started in the very first Solo class on Friday in the Up to Year 6 where the adjudicator for the weekend Derek Renshaw placed Emma Smith first scoring 91 marks with an outstanding performance of “Adagio from Concierto D’Arunjuez”, third place went to Emily Kneen on 88 marks. Well done also to Amy, Beatrice, Oscar and Adam who all scored over 80 points with some of them playing a solo for the very first time.

Next up, bright and early on Saturday morning was the 9 and 10 year group, another win for MYB with Tim Payne gaining 87 marks with an excellent rendition of “Bass in the Ballroom” by Roy Newsome. Again we gained a third place, this time for Isla Thomas with 87 marks, our other competitor in this class was Georgia Foxton who gained 85

The next class was for the 7 and 8 year group and this was won by Shayla O’Brien who also played “Adagio from Concierto D’Arunjuez” gaining 89 marks, again we had a third place for Alexander Keen with 87 markes. It’s great to see so many of our younger players in these early classes, well done to Ruby, Lucy, William, Ted, Ethan, James and Ellen who all had very impressive performances.

The last Year groups were up next, Year 11 to 13. The winner of this section was Ellen Quane from Ramsey and we then gained another third placing with Sammy Clague who achieved 87 marks with his performance of “All that I am”. Well done Matthew N, Breesha F, Peter, Ben, Abby and Chloe on some very good playing.
The next Solo class was the Adult class which saw Stephen Maddocks 88 marks runner up to Ian Astill of Castletown, Ian won with 91 markes. Also playing in this class were Graham, James and Scott.

We then turned to the Quartet and Ensemble Classes. First up was the “Up to Year 10” Ensemble with was won by Rushen. But well done to Manx Youth Band D who played “Dances for Brass” who claimed 2nd place with 85 marks. Special note must be made here to Graham and his beginners group, Sam, Caitlin, Adam, Anna, Cameron, Beatrice, Lucy, Kate and Annie who played together for the first time gaining 77 marks.

We then had the Open Ensemble and Quartet classes which was made up of all Manx Concert Brass and Manx Youth Band groups. The Ensemble was won by Manx Concert Brass A with 89 marks playing Gershwin’s “Summertime” arranged by Fernie. The runner up was Manx Youth Band A with 87 marks who played “The Essential Glen Miller” also arranged by Alan Fernie.

The Open Quartet class was won by Manx Concert Brass A playing “Three Latin American Dabnces” gaining 89 marks with the runner up Manx Concert Brass B with 88 marks.

Well done to all the other groups that played in these four classes, all playing very well and receiving good scores from the adjudicator. It is a very difficult form of music making playing in a small group, having to listen very carefully to each other as well as watching the conductor to keep in time, there is nowhere to hide.