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Brass in Concert Championship announces 2018 adjudication panel

Posted on 1 October 2018

The organisers of the Brass in Concert Championship have revealed the line-up of adjudicators for the 42nd Festival at Sage Gateshead.

Taking place at the music venue on Sunday November 18, in association with Yamaha and Banks Group, the competition will form part of the annual Brass in Concert weekend.

This year will also see the first ever Youth Brass in Concert Championship.

The confirmed adjudication panel and their respective roles are as follows:

Quality of Performance: Nick Grace and Rieks Van der Velde
Programme Content: Chris King
Entertainment and Presentation: Jeremy Wise and Terry Carter
Soloists: Owen Farr

Brass in Concert Chairman John Woods said: “We are delighted to be able to reveal such a high-quality panel of judges for this year’s event. All are, of course, vastly experienced professional musicians, with our Quality of Performance adjudicators Nick Grace and Roger Argente complementing the musical quality background of the festival.

“As retired Principal Director of Music of HM Royal Marines, Nick Grace was a member of the 2017 panel. Roger Argente brings experience from the orchestral world, brass education and as a session musician in movies and member of Superbrass.

“For Entertainment and Presentation, Jeremy Wise, who has previously conducted at Brass in Concert will be accompanied by Terry Carter, who has vast experience in the broadcast and media industries.

Chris King has masterminded many musical programmes for the British Army as the Bandmaster of the Band of the Grenadier Guards and makes an ideal Programme Content judge, while Owen Farr needs no introduction as one of the finest soloists from the UK brass band scene, having performed on stage at Sage Gateshead. He won BiC solo awards in 2009 and 2014.”

Brass in Concert will continue with the same marking system to recognise the importance of the quality of bands’ programme content, which accounts for 20 percent of the available marks. Quality of performance accounts for 60 percent of the points, while entertainment and presentation make up the other 20 percent of the total. Specific guidelines on the role of each category are supplied in advance to bands and adjudicators.

John Woods continued: “After every Brass in Concert Festival, we examine every aspect of the weekend very carefully, and this year we also took the opportunity to consult and meet with competing bands in this regard. As such, with a highly skilled adjudication panel in place, we remain confident that the existing scoring system satisfies the current needs of the event and preserves its status as the leading entertainment contest in the world.”

As well as the competition this year’s gala concert will feature Fodens Band and Matt Ford presenting a themed set entitled Sinatra and the Swing Legends.

Elementary workshops, taster sessions and a performance by Manger Musiklagg from Norway are also on offer.

Saturday (NOV17) afternoon will also see a masterclass from James Fountain – Trumpet and Concert – presented as his first workshop as Yamaha artiste. This will be held in Sage Gateshead’s Northern Rock Foundation Hall at 4pm. Admission is free but be there early as numbers are limited.

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