Success at Wychavon Contest

Hazel Duncan, Flugelhorn player with Best Soloist award from Wychhavon 2008 (Photo by Kate Arnett)

With an 'excellent choice of music' and 'effective band sounds' the band came sixth in the Fourth Section of the Wychavon Festival of Brass on 21st September and second in the open-section competition between local bands, behind the Band of the West Mercia Constabulary who were placed fourth in the Second Section.

Given 20 minutes (and no longer) to perform any selection of music, brass bands came from all over the country to compete in this increasingly popular 'entertainment contest'.

The adjudicator, Brian Buckley, complimented MD, John Swindells, for his control of challenging moments and to everyone's delight, awarded the section's prize for Best Soloist to our Flugelhorn player, Hazel Duncan, for her rendition of 'The Way We Were' (Hamlish, arr. Golland). If you've been to any of our park concerts this summer, then you may have heard this piece and will appreciate how well Hazel plays it.

"This is a lovely end to a busy summer season", said John Swindells, "It's the band's 30th anniversary next year and we intend to go from strength to strength."

The band's next concert, a Christmas 'Brass Spectacular', will be on Saturday 6th December at Huntington Hall, Worcester but you can hear us before then on Remembrance Sunday (9th November) in Malvern. A ceremony of wreath laying at the war memorial in the Library grounds will precede a service in Malvern Priory.