Stannington plants the Yorkshire flag

Richard Dowling soloist
Richard Dowling soloist
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Stannington Brass Band scooped Second Section First Prize at the recent Bolsover Festival of Brass.

Tha band, which performed four pieces of music in an effort to showcase its versatile repertoire, is still flying high following its recent success at the National Brass Band Championships, in Cheltenham, where they took the Second Second National Honours.

Band spokesman Lorraine Dyson said: “The opener ‘Salsa Tres Prado’ got the programme off to lively start followed by a flawless rendition of ‘Adagio’ from Rachmaninoff’s Symphony number 2, which earned principal cornet, Richard Dowling the second section soloist prize. Flugelist, Edward Knowles, also stepped into solo spotlight to take on an entertaining arrangement of George Michael’s ‘Faith’ and the programme was rounded off with a John Williams movie theme favourite, ‘Jurassic Park.’

Musical director Derek Renshaw said: “Once again the band performed to the high standard that we have worked hard to achieve.

“It was a performance that had absolutely everything - entertainment, excitement, control and, most of all, true musicianship.

“All the soloists were a credit to the band, particularly Ed Knowles and of course Rich Dowling who thoroughly deserved the best soloist prize.

“I’m over the moon with the way the band is responding to our work together.”

Stannington Brass Band first formed in 1881 and performs regularly in the region at local events, parades and concerts. The band has also been involved in three professional stage productions of Brassed Off.