Published on November 10th, 2017 by gavin

Bandsmen’s Festival Reveal 2018 Test Pieces

Thoughts of summer days, though well ahead, are always welcome, so the West of England Bandsmen’s Festival is pleased to announce during these darker days of autumn the Test Pieces chosen for next summer’s Festival on June 16th.

Chosen as always to challenge the bands with attractive music, thought is also given to ensure a pleasant listening experience to entertain the large audience which always attends this unique Open Air Festival. The adjudicator for the day will be Mark Wilkinson.

Set Works:-

Isaiah 40 (Robert Redhead)  purchase – click here
March – Jubilee (Paul Drury)

Symphony of Marches (Gilbert Vinter) purchase – click here
Guardian of My Soul (Darren Shaw)

Fire in the Blood (Paul Lovatt-Cooper) purchase – click here
Salutation from Cornish Hymns Set No. 3 (Kenneth Pelmear)

The Haslemere Suite (Peter Graham) purchase – click here

A Circus Suite (Stuart Johnson) purchase – click here

Own Choice Test Piece

Own Choice (no longer than 10 minutes)

Guest Player Situation

As a Summer Festival the Trustees are aware of the difficulty this can cause to Bands who would like to attend, but may have problems caused by player’s holidays and examinations for younger musicians in entering with a full Band. To assist with this potential problem the Rules have been changed for 2018 to allow a Band to include up to 5 Guest Players, subject to certain conditions to be found in the Festival Rules (

Department Judge

The organisers are pleased to announce the appointment of Jonathan Lush Camps LRSM as our new Deportment Judge. Jonathan succeeds Gareth Roberts MBE who has given outstanding service in that position for the last 36 years.

Jonathan was born into a Cornish musical family, and after early cornet lessons from his father Hugh he joined the St. Dennis Youth Band, at that time the National Champion Youth Band of Great Britain.  He joined the Royal Marines School of Music at Deal, Kent in 1979, remaining in the Royal Marines Band Service for twenty-three years, performing in many ceremonial occasions at places all around the world, including a period on board HM Royal Yacht Britannia.
He was selected for Bandmaster training in 1992, and distinguished himself by winning the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians for being the top student, the Chappell Conducting Prize and gaining his LRSM Diploma.

He is currently the Musical Director of the Hyde Band, on the edge of the New Forest, and is proud to have taken them once again into the Championship Section for 2018. He told A4B: “I am excited to have this opportunity to give something back to this wonderful Festival, which has done so much to inspire the enthusiasm of many young Cornish people to become part of our brass banding culture. I firmly believe that my attendance as a youngster at Bugle Contest is what has given me a life-long appreciation of music in general, and brass band music in particular.

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