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Dr Martin Contest Victory

The Co-operative Funeralcare Band continued on its vein of rich and rewarding contesting form on the weekend by taking the Wainstone’s Cup back across the border thanks to a trio of high class performances under the baton of MD Allan Ramsay.

As the last band of an enjoyable contesting day, a reprise of the British Open set work, ‘Arabian Nights’, coupled with a superb solo rendition of ‘Neath Dublin Skies’ by euphonium star Glenn Van Looy and the purposeful march, ‘Keighley Moor’ saw them pocket the first prize.

With their recent victory at the Land O’ Burns Contest and their podium finish at Symphony Hall, the Scots have been great form in the last few weeks, whilst they have also propelled themselves back into the top 10 of the 4BR world rankings.

Principal euphonium Glenn Van Looy was in top form once more, winning the ‘Best Soloist’ prize, whilst the band also benefitted from the assistance of Tredegar’s solo trombone player Stephen Sykes and Whitburn’s solo horn Iain Fleming.


Band Manager Martin Stack told 4BR that the win has rounded off a very satisfying couple of weeks for the band.

"It’s been a great few weekends of high profile contesting," he said.

"The band is really playing well at present and that has been shown in the success we have enjoyed and the responses we have gained from adjudicators for our performances."

He added: "There was a real buzz about our playing at the contest with adjudicator John Doyle once again noting the quality of the direction from the middle and the style and sound the band made."


Remarks such as ‘fabulous reading of the score’ and ‘superb band sounds’ littered the written remarks, although as Martin revealed, the only downside was that the band will now have to wait until it defends its Scottish Open title in Perth in November before it takes to the contest stage again.

"Unfortunately we didn’t qualify for the Nationals or gain an invite to Brass in Concert. That’s a pity as on this form I think we would have been real challengers for the top prizes.

The good news though is that we have a wonderful CD recording for the Clarence Addoo Trust to look forward to as well as the prospect of working for the first time with Garry Cutt for the Scottish Open."


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