Review

Masters Retrospective

For the first time in their 28-year history, Regent Brass travelled to the Lighthouse Theatre in Kettering on the 26th May to compete at the All-England International Masters contest. Performing the set work “A Kensington Concerto” by Eric Ball, the band pitted their skills against 20 elite bands from the UK, Denmark and Belgium for a prize pot of £6,250. Unfortunately on this occasion luck wasn’t on the band’s side as despite producing a solid performance they were quite pleased with, this didn’t…

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SCABA Contest

On Sunday 19th May, both Regent bands made the journey south to Crawley to compete at the SCABA Entertainment Contest. For Regent Community Brass, it was their first experience of this type of format and the band put on a very confident show of their Beatles-themed programme. Competing in the “B” section, the overall standard was rather high with most of the other bands being graded in the national 2nd or 3rd section. Despite this, the band achieved a very…

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Workshop with North London Brass

On 18th May, members of Regent Community Brass joined forces with neighbouring band North London Brass to participate in a workshop led by conductor Alan Duguid, assisted by Regent solo horn, Martin Pearce. The massed band spent the morning working on a range of pieces, including “The Standard of St George” by Kenneth Alford, “A Malvern Suite” by Philip Sparke and “Mid all the Traffic” by Leonard Ballantine, before putting on a short concert for family and friends in the…

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Area Contest Success

The regional qualifying contests across the UK tend to become the most competitive and important competitions in a brass band’s calendar as not only do they provide the opportunity to perform at the National Finals for the winners, but they also determine which section bands are graded in for competition purposes for other events. This year at the London & Southern Counties Area Contest however was particularly special for the band, as for the first time Regent Community Brass were…

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