Town Band's championship performance well received
LANGHOLM Town Band returned home empty handed last Saturday after a long day competing in the 3rd Section of the Scottish championships in Perth.
The band, playing in the 3rd Section for the seventh year, were drawn band number three, which meant a 5am alarm for many of the members.
The band have been in rehearsals with music director Chris Shanks since the turn of the year. The test piece was Darkwood by Dan Price, a three-movement piece centred on Blackley in Manchester.
They played well, with only minor issues and the performance was well received by the audience and media commentators in the concert hall.
4barsrest’s Malcolm Wood said: “Langholm delivers a solid workmanlike account. The dark atmosphere was prominent in the opening section, while a little bit more mischief could have been in evidence (personal taste on our part) for it to have the impish quality.
"The middle hymnal element featured some nicely-balanced sounds with good solo contributions. The concluding section is very optimistic in outlook and it's well controlled. The enthusiasm doesn't run away with them as they close either.”
The British Bandsman remarks by Dave Kinross said: “The most convincing opening so far which leads into quality flourishes from the cornets. The tempo really lifts to close and it’s exciting stuff to end. This could have been really great if it wasn’t for the tuning issues. Takes the lead (just).”
The comments from the hall were not reflected in the adjudicators' views.
Steve Pritchard Jones and Chris Wormald placed the band seventh overall and, although the band were a little deflated by the placing, the result ensures they will retain their position in the 3rd section for another year.