Footscray-Yarraville City Band - 2012 New Zealand National Brass Band Contest (1/2)





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Published on Jul 6, 2012

2012 New Zealand National Brass Band Contest.
Friday July 6th 2012
Theatre Royal: A Grade Sacred Item and Test
Footscray-Yarraville City Band

Apologies for the jumps in the video. Video feed kept dropping out.

Judges comments: From http://www.festivalofbrass.co.nz ...

Band no 9 A grade

Dear Lord and Father (Repton - Parry arr Graham)
Emotive opening with soprano handing over to solo cornet on this banding standard. Band adopts a very choral approach, with nice work in the inner voices under the tune. Quiet passages a bit thin compared to other bands but fuller sound has bright colour and tuning is good. Very expressive performance and lovely touches such as muted cornets to end.

Very dainty opening - light and pleasant. Not quite the big dynamic flourishes of other bands at first but band gets going and so does the musical interpretations. Odd mispitches here and there as band settles. Nice crescendo work but not always clear articulations. There's some excitement building but it's measured and controlled. This band know the music's intentions and are playful in their style without sacrificing quality of sound or balance. Lovely solo cornet into reprise of opening motif. There's a nice 'colonial' feel to the piece - a life lived in a wide open land :).
Inner voices not always speaking in mid-range volumes. Some untunefulness in upper register in soprano. Lovely transition to slower passage - very soulful and thoughtful. Euphonium not as full sound as others but again, lovely interpretation. Higher register nice and clean. You get a sense that the time changes have been well studied. Upper register in Euphonium cadenza a bit insecure. Flugel entry a bit pointed. Soprano answers with confidence but again, the upper register pushes the envelope. Trombone - nerves creeping in here perhaps? Insecurities in the cornets in the bell effects. Nice rolling crescendo without arguing with musicality. Not all bands achieve this.
Nice handing over of solo work - slight mispitches here too. Lovely solo cornet entry, sweet sound and caress of melody with the odd slip. Ensemble not always underneath soloists as in other bands. Euphonium takes reprise of melody with an unhurried style. Bass solo is very subdued - not all bands took this approach but it works here. And here we go back up to that amazing 'sunrise' moment - oh what a shame there were a couple of slips - this was building beautifully. Back to the rapid movements and we're off. Cornets take a beat or two off the tempo to secure the notes. Great underwork from moving longer notes. Again, there's style and understanding of the potential this piece has to reach out to the audience. Percussion hit accents strongly - other bands took the brass with them more but this was quite effective. Nice trombone drop into solo. Soprano answer a bit stiff but clean. All solo voices nice and clean here. Ending building but tempo doesn't quite relax as others have, which was a great effect. Rolling along now, tempo threatening to take off. The baton holds it back and we have the excitement coming through. Held back ending working for the band. Timpani coming right down to give the moment gravitas. Great last note.

A very musical performance with heart and soul that may give the other top bands tonight cause for concern. Some slips but overall, a very enjoyable performance.

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