Butlins Adjudicators Comments
Comments from David Read:
Not quite together on opening note, all a little careful. I note your diminuendo all parts are heard as they should be.
Just lacking a little in character.
C a little untidy as we progress. A little tentative before E.
I would like more dynamic contrast, however you play safely through to close.
Just a little heavy on the first note. Try to sing the tune.
J Tuning fine, but i would like it all to be a little more outgoing. It is all very introvert.
The march follows quite well as it should.
Nice sweet cornet sound in final bars and an excellent final chord.
Well done percussion. Watch the pitch in bar 7 (2nd Baritone/Bass Trombone).
All rather tame although no major problems.
P unsettled and not really expressive.
Q could be livelier (Allegro). Scottish snap needs to be firmer.
S not secure.
Safe performance lacking in sparkle.
Comments from David Lancaster:
The opening is cautious but well managed, and you set a good tempo at A.
You are generally neat and tidy with good attention to detail but D-E is untidy.
Be sure to differentiate between f and ff!
Bold ending to a fair movement, just a little untidy at times!
The start is tentative. Good sounds from lower and middle band.
Euph is expressive at K. Fair tutti sounds at L but beware tuning in cornets.
Fine ending - well done basses!
A neat start from percussion but again f and ff are too similar.
Soloist rather timid after P and before Q is untidy.
R is better but still there are slips.
Overall this was a careful performance - safe in many respects
- but lacking the 'vigour and fire' and 'bouncing rhythms' the composer is looking for.