SHIPSTON TOWN BANDS

Competitions

and Contests

“there’s nowt like a bit of competition”


Shipston Town Band and many of its members are dab hands at either entering and coming away with the silverware or putting up a creditable effort in local and national competitions.


This page is dedicated to the extra effort put in by the many capable musicians of Shipston Town Bands

Solo - Eight Years and Under

1. Lily Strentz (Bb Baritone) Coleshill Town Band

2. Felicity Angell (Bb Trombone) Bilton Silver (Rugby) Training Band

3. Victoria Cumshaw (Trumpet) Unattached

Solo - Nine, Ten and Eleven Years

1. Thomas Strentz (Bb Cornet) Coleshill Town Band

2. Sasha Turner (Bb Cornet) Shipston Town Band

3. Jimmy Scanlon (Bb Flugel Horn) Bilton Silver (Rugby) Training Band

Solo - Twelve, Thirteen and Fourteen Years

1. Luke Barker (Bb Cornet) Shipston Town Band

2. Callum Davis (Tuba)

3. Grace Coates (Bb Cornet) Shipston Town Band

Solo - Fifteen to Eighteen Years

1. Tom Cowan (Bb Euphonium) Bilton Silver (Rugby) Training Band

2. Jack Lythaby (Eb Horn) Lydbrook Band

Solo - Adult

1. John Emmett (Eb Horn) Filton Concert Band

2. Jodie Fisher (Bb Flugel Horn) Bilton Silver (Rugby) Band

3. Neil Kelsall (Bb Euphonium) Bilton Silver (Rugby) Training Band

Air Varie Solo - Fourteen and Under

1. Luke Barker (Bb Cornet) Shipston Town Band

2. Becky Strentz (Eb Trumpet) Coleshill Town Band

3. Grace Coates (Bb Cornet) Shipston Town Band

Air Varie Solo - Fifteen to Eighteen Years

1. Jack Lythaby (Eb Horn) Lydbrook Band

Air Varie - Adult

1. Jack Lythaby (Eb Horn) Lydbrook Band

2. John Jemmet (Eb Horn) Filton Concert Band

3. Neil Kelsall (Bb Euphonium) Bilton Silver (Rugby) Training Band


Duet - Eleven Years and Under

1. Ben Murray and Leo Dakin (Bb Cornets) Bilton Silver (Rugby) Training Band

2. Isobel Graham and Ben Murray (Bb Cornets) Bilton Silver (Rugby) Training Band

3. Imogen Angell and Felicity Angell (Bb Trombone/Bb Cornet) Bilton Silver (Rugby) Training

Duet - Fourteen Years and Under

1. Luke Barker and Grace Coates (Bb Cornets) Shipston Town Band

2. Grace Coates and Sasha Turner (Bb Cornets) Shipston Town Band

3. Artie Stubbs and William Thomson (Bb Cornets) Bilton Silver (Rugby) Training Band

Duet - Eighteen Years and Under

1. Luke Barker and Grace Coates (Bb Cornets) Shipston Town Band

Duet - Adult

1. Neil Kelsall and Samantha Edwards (Bb Euphoniums) Bilton Silver (Rugby) Band

2. Sheila Allen and Jodie Fisher (Bb Cornets) Bilton Silver (Rugby) Band

3. Luke Barker and David Birch (Bb Cornet/Euphonium) Shipston Town Band

3. Amy Wright and Samantha Edwards (Bb Tuba/Bb Euphonium)  Bilton Silver (Rugby) Band

Quartet - Fourteen Years and Under

1. Bilton Silver (Rugby) Training Band ‘2’

2. Shipston Town Band ‘B’

3. Bilton Silver (Rugby) Training Band ‘1’

Quartet - Eighteen Years and Under

1 Shipston Town Band

Quartet - Adult

1. Shipston Town Band

2. Bilton Silver (Rugby) Training Band

Special Awards - Youngest Boy:

Peter Coates, Shipston Town Band

Youngest Girl

Lily Strentz Coleshill Town Band

New Contest Has Successful First Voyage

W.M.B.B.A. Solo, Duet and Quartet Contest - Studley High School, Sunday, 8th May, 2016

Solo Duet and Quartet Contest 2016

     A fine May day greeted the Association’s inaugural competition at Studley High School.

     The contest proved a big success with entries coming from a wide area including Bristol, The Forest of Dean and Llangollen with big support from local bands Bilton and Shipston-on-Stour.  Adjudicators Nigel Hall and Dave Bishop Rowe were very impressed with the standard of performance and were particularly impressed with the number of parents who had not only taken up playing in support of their children but who were now performing at the contest themselves.

     Association Chairman Barbara Dunscombe summed up the feelings of everyone when she commented: “What a brilliant day - I’m shattered!” and who enjoyed it all particularly the youngsters early on in the day.

Studley Proves An Early Summer Winner . . .

W.M.B.B.A. Solo, Duet and Quartet Contest - Studley High School, Sunday, 8th May, 2016

     The youngsters of Shipston Town Band had a very successful day at the West Midlands Brass Bands Association Solo, Duet and Quartet Competition held on Sunday, 8th May at Studley High School.  

     Eleven-year-old cornet player Sasha Turner set the ball rolling with a fine second place in the ‘Eleven-Years-and-Under Solo’ section. Fellow cornetist Luke Barker and Grace Coates followed this with first and third places in the 'Fourteen-and-Under Solo' section. The two of them joined together to win the 'Fourteen-and-Under Duet' section with Grace and Sasha playing to finish second.

     The three of them were joined by Theo Whalley Hoggins to earn second place in the ‘Hymn Tune Quartet’ section and by eight-year-old Alec Banner to win the 'Eighteen-and -Under Quartet' section. Luke and Grace were also placed first and third respectively in the ‘Fourteen-and-Under Air Varie’ section before joining with Dave Birch and Val Trim to win the ‘Adult Quintet’ section. Luke rounded off a busy day joining with Dave Birch to win third place in the ‘Adult Duet’ section.

David Birch

     A group Shipston Town Bands talented youngsters visited the annual solo contest held today at Bablake School in Coventry.

     Once again their talents shone through and were rewarded with a whole load of trophies and podium finishes. There were many special highlights but the Band Secretary was particularly satisfied with the playing in the Fourteen-and-Under Duets where Shipston entered  five pairs and all

Shipston entrants played splendidly.

Shipston Players

Pull A Coventry

Cracker in June!

Coventry Solo Contest, Bablake School - Sunday, 26th June 2016

     Throughout the results were excellent and the quartet of Luke, Grace, Dave and Colin Elliot gave a great performance of ‘That’s A Plenty’ to finish second to Jaguar Land Rover whilst the Junior Quartet of Luke, Grace, Bethan and Sasha achieved their fourth consecutive victory playing ‘Meisterscutzen’. Tallulah Matthews who was our youngest girl competitor had an interesting start to the day when her Gran’s car broke down on the A46 and they had to arrive by taxi. Despite this she remained calm and gave two excellent performances.

     Grace did extremely well to compete in the duets and quartets despite the problems she is finding adjusting to life without the brace on her teeth and achieved some good results.

     Congratulations to Henry Fifield who achieved his first podium finish with a third place in the Ten-and-Under Solo, as the results below show, Luke had a very successful day and was awarded the trophy for the Best Instrumentalist Fourteen-and-Under.

The full results were as follows:

Solo Ten-Years-and-Under - Third: Henry Fifield;

Youngest Boy: Peter Coates (aged eight);

Youngest Girl: Talullah Matthews (aged eight);

Solo Eleven-to-Fourteen Years - First: Luke Barker, Third: Bethan Bown; Duets Fourteen-and-Under - First: Luke Barker and Grace Coates; Second: Grace Coates and Bethan Bown; Third: Sasha Turner  and Bethan Bown; Air Varie Junior Section - First: Luke Barker; Third: Sasha Turner; Quartet Under-Nineteen - First: Luke, Grace, Bethan and Sasha, played Meisterschutzen; Senior Quartet - First: Jaguar Land Rover; Second: Luke, Grace, Colin and Dave; Outstanding Instrumentalist Fourteen-and-Under: Luke Barker.

Shipston Town Band are victorious at Oxford Brass Band Contest

     On Sunday, February 26th, Shipston Town Band conducted by Howard Gibbs competed at Marlborough School in Woodstock in the Annual Competition organised by the Oxford and District Brass Band Association.

     Playing against nine other bands drawn from the Midlands, London Counties and the South West they performed St. Andrew's Variations by the Scottish composer Alan Fernie and were placed first by the adjudicator Nicholas Garman who complimented them on their sound and good ensemble playing. He awarded them 191 points out of a possible 200.

     In two weeks time the band will be competing in the Midland Area Championships at Bedworth and will be hoping to enjoy further success.