South West Brass Band Association, Torquay
Contest - 9 November 2010
In the run up to
Torquay contest Jerry Wilcock worked extremely hard with the
youngsters in both the youth and junior band to see how many
would be able to join in with the youth band to take part in the
contest. It was worth the wait as we were able to bring in 6 new
youngsters from the junior band and 2 new players joined the
youth band as well.
It was a brilliant day, we set off from the Eden Project by
Roselyn coach at 8.30am and travelled up to Torquay where we
rehearsed at the Rainbow Hp90-890otel before going on to the
contest at the Riveria Centre.
The Youth Band won the contest for the 3rd consecutive year
and the experience for all the young people especially the new
ones was great and hopefully fun. Well done also to Rachel Crabb
who won the best instrumentalist trophy.
A big thank you to all who supported the band and played on
Musical Director, John Maines - 10 August 2010
Mount Charles Band is
delighted to announce that John Maines has accepted the position
of Musical Director with the band.
John is returning to Cornwall, where he
previously spent many a happy year playing solo trombone.
John said 'My wife Jackie and I have been
planning a move back to Cornwall for some time now, and we are
delighted to have now moved, just in time for the summer! I have
had connections with Mount Charles over the last 5 years as a
conductor, compere and a player, so I am very pleased to be able
to work with the band on a regular basis'.
John recently took the band at Bugle contest,
where we started to build a working relationship, so this will
no doubt develop over the weeks and months to follow.
Derek Thomas, Chairman said, 'John brings a
wealth of experience and knowledge to us, which will be of
benefit, as well as the stability of working with a regular
The band has worked with numerous conductors
and will continue to work with guest conductors in the coming
Derek went on to say 'we plan to work with
guest conductors throughout the year, however John will be the
consistent factor in the band's development, which we strongly
believe to be the right approach'.
The band is now working hard on their Proms
concert which the band will perform at 5 concerts in September
all over the county.
As well as his work with Mount Charles John
will continue with his other brass band commitments and his new
contact details are: 39 Alexandra Road, St. Austell, Cornwall,
PL25 4QW. Tel. 01726 70013, Mob. 07901528059
sweep at the Grenland International Brass Festival 2010
Results - Elite Division: Church programme, test piece, and own choice
1. Mount Charles (95/95.5/96) = 286 2. Oslofjord Brass (94/95/95) = 284 3. Sandefjord Brass Symposium (91/95/92.5) = 278.5
Soloist Prize: Ian Thomas (cornet) - Mount Charles Best Test Piece: Mount Charles Best Hymn: Mount Charles
Church Programme - Knight Templar,
Share my Yoke (Soloist, Tim Whitehead), The Light of the
World, Light Walk, Russian Christmas Music Test Piece - On a Holy Crusade Entertainment - Walking with Heros, New
(Soloist, Ian Thomas), Mr Sandman,
Miller Countrywide Cornwall's Brass Band Entertainment
Champions 2010 - 10 April 2010
On 10 April 2010 the band took
part in the first Miller Countrywide Best of Brass Festival
held at the Hall for Cornwall, adjudicated by Dr Robert
Childs. The top 8 ranked bands in Cornwall were invited to
take part but unfortunately St Keverne and Helston gave
notice that there were unable to compete. The six competing
bands were Camborne B, Camborne Town, Lanner, Mount Charles,
St Austell Town and St Dennis.
The band played a 25 minute
own choice entertainment programme conducted by Darren
Hawken. The programme consisted of
The band was crowned 'Cornwall Open
Entertainment Open Brass Band Champions 2010' and
received the Miller Countrywide Championship Trophy and
£1,000 prize money. The band's principal cornet player, Ian
Thomas also won Best Soloist of the day for his fantastic
rendition of Harry James' Concerto for Trumpet.
1. Mount Charles (Darren Hawkin) 2. St Austell Town (Gareth Pritchard)
3. Camborne B (Alan Pope) 4. Camborne Town (Kevin MacKenzie) 5. St Dennis (Garry Lannie) 6. Lanner & District Silver (Stuart Chappell)
Adjudicator: Dr Robert Childs
Best Soloist: Ian Thomas (Mount Charles)
Best Section: Trombone section of Camborne B Best Percussion Section: St Austell Town
The band would like to thank St Dennis band for the use
of their band room prior to the contest and Miller
Countrywide for organising the festival.
The band now look forward to working with Darren to take
part in Norway on 23-24 April.
Mount Charles Band have been busy in the transfer market
in preparation for the new season.
After a period of time consolidating their position and
working on their new bandroom, the band are delighted
to welcome some new faces into the band.
Long serving Soprano player Jon Small has decided to
hang up his mouthpiece after being part of the band for
the last 25 years.
The band are of course sorry to see Jon retire, but welcome
in Brendan Caddy who has been making a name for himself
in the NYCBB as well as the NYBBGB more recently.
Jon said 'it was a difficult decision for me, as I have
been part of the band for so long, but now is the time
for me to spend more time with my young family, and I
am pleased to be welcoming Brendan into the hot-seat and
I am sure he'll do a great job'.
Angela Retallack joins the Euphonium section after helping
the band out during the summer months. Also Matthew Allen
joins the percussion section.
Derek Thomas continued 'We have signed 3 young players
into the band, which is great news all of whom bring with
them enthusiasm and commitment. We hope they will all
be making their contesting debut at Yeovil Contest in
February, although Angela recently badly broke her ankle
and is awaiting a further operation. The band wish her
a speedy recovery.'
Mount Charles Band are delighted to share
their plans for 2010 in preparation for the contesting calendar.
The band have a busy schedule of contests and engagements
planned, and are delighted to be working with some great
conductors in the New Year. Engagements include working
towards local and National contests as well as accepting
an invitation to attend the Grenland Festival in Norway.
Richard Evans will be taking the band in the new year
at the Yeovil contest, and Phillip McCann will be preparing and directing
the band for the West of England area and Grand Shield.
Derek Thomas, Chairman said 'We are very pleased to be
working alongside Richard again at the Yeovil contest,
he has selected a typically entertaining programme which
the band are already enjoying!
Later on in the year the band will work with Phillip
McCann on English Heritage a piece he had great success
with Sellers on.
Phillip said 'I am really looking forward to working
with MCB , a band that I had the great pleasure of being
Guest Soloist with in recent years . They have what seems
to me to be a wonderful set up which does focus quite
correctly on a very strong youth development strategy
. Also a band that I believe are a true example of what
the grass roots of brass bands are and should be about
. I will give 110% in my efforts to ensure they will perform
the best that they can be'.
The band have been working hard over the last few months
to be well prepared for the new year.
Derek Thomas continued 'We have signed some new players
in the band, and after a break from contests, we feel
ready to 'go again' in the new year.