Published on March 5th, 2020 by gavin

Preview & Prediction: Yorkshire Brass Band Regional Championships 2020 1st Section

Yorkshire Regional Brass Band Championships 2020

Venue: Huddersfield Town Hall – March 7th 2020

1st Section 

Test Piece: Legacy Tom Davoren

Adjudicators: Steve Pritchard-Jones and Nigel Boddice.

The Bands

Chapeltown Silver Sam Fisher

Horbury Victoria Duncan Beckley

Knottingley Silver Kevin Belcher

Lindley Mike Golding

Marsden Silver Andrew Lofthouse

South Yorkshire Police Leigh Baker

Stannington Derek Renshaw

Unite the Union John Davis

Wakefield Metropolitan Martin Hall

Yorkshire Imperial Band Garry Hallas

Test Piece

According to the website of Tom Davoren of “Legacy”,…

“The idea for ‘Legacy’ was originally conceived in 2018 as a short work celebrating the life and achievements of Welsh politician Aneurin Bevan and the 70th Anniversary of the British National Health Service. The work was commissioned by Tredegar Town Band, supported by funding from Ty Cerdd, and premiered in the Speaker’s Room of the Houses of Parliament featuring their soprano cornet soloist, Ian Roberts. This test piece version, created for the 2020 Regional Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, was born from my desire to tell a more complete version of Bevan’s story.

In three continuous sections ‘Legacy’ is not only symbolic of Bevan’s aspirational politics and character, but also of the experience of anyone whose life has been impacted by our NHS; something of which I can speak of personally. The primary goal of the piece is to present bands with music that offers them the opportunity to create a performance with feeling as its driver. Whilst a sound foundation in technique is obviously required to achieve this convincingly, creating a complete emotional picture should be the primary concern of bands and conductors.

The opening represents a need waiting to be filled. Whilst the pace, rhythmic content, colour and dynamic layout of the music seeks to create an atmosphere of foreboding, the choice of interval, style and phrase length of the melody is designed to offer a constant sense of underlying assurance. The central section is very much the core of the piece, representing the balance of hope and adversity as experienced by anyone who has been touched directly by our NHS. Again, it’s a pacing of tension through dynamic, orchestration and in intensity of execution, that seeks to create this feeling. The final section is a march to progress, representing Bevan’s relentless championing of social justice. Hopefully fittingly, the music here is generated entirely from material born in the earlier sections of the piece”

Current Form

The Yorkshire area first section contest brings together some very capable bands.

The inform band in this section,.. South Yorkshire Police will be looking to grab the Yorkshire Title and continue their excellent run of first places to five.

Stannington will be encouraged by the recent good result in January at Butlins and Marsden will be looking to improve on their seventh position at the same contest.

Unite the Union were worth more than the lowly position in the same Butlins contest, and we hope that Yorkshire Imperial will be rejuvenated under the helm of Garry Hallas.

Chapeltown consistently improve under the direction of Sam Fisher, and we expect the West Yorkshire bands of Horbury, Lindley, Knottingley, and Wakefield will deal well with everything Legacy thorws at them .


  1. Stannington
  2. Marsden
  3. Unite the Union
  4. Yorkshire Imperial
  5. South Yorkshire Police
  6. Chapeltown

Dark Horse: Lindley

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