Chalford brass band hit the right notes in Torquay.
After Covid disrupted the Southwest Brass Band Association Competition for two years, an impressive lineup of 10 bands entered the ‘Own Choice’ First and Championship combined Section in Torquay. MD Steve Tubb chose to play Sinfonietta No. 3 originally commissioned by the Association Suisse des Musiques (ASM) for the Fete Federale des Musiques in Montreux in 2016.
After several weeks of preparation, the band held its final rehearsal in St Luke’s Church in Torquay before taking the stage in the Riviera Centre playing in the number three position following the very capable Roche Brass playing Tallis Variations.
Chalford presented a confident and musical rendition of the challenging test piece with players and Steve Tubb working to the day’s objective of ‘enjoyment of performance’.
Objective achieved, and with stunning performances from Cornish Bands Cambourne, playing Fraternity and St Austell playing Coventry Variations the results were announced at 6pm with Chalford taking trophies for the highest placed 1st Section Band and 2nd overall.
The band now look forward to the forthcoming Leicestershire Band Association Contest on the 20th of November.
The band will be performing its Christmas Concert on December 4th at Stroud Subscription Rooms and Christmas on the Hill at the Chalford Sports and Social Club on December 16th.