Co-curricular

Competitions

Kent-Dodsworth Competition for Brass Players 2018

The Brass Competition this year saw pupils tackling some extended repertoire, including Saint-Säens’ Morceau de Concert played by Tom and the Hubeau Sonate by Owen. Cameron tackled Douglas Court’s very complex Reflections and James gave a very enjoyable Raiders’ March on the Euphonium. Joe gave us Grieg’s famous In the Hall of the Mountain King and Jamie rounded things off with Gershwin’s Let’s call the whole thing off.

Adjudicator Donald Clist, formerly a Horn player in WNO, made some observations on stage-craft and engaging with the audience, as well as some more technical remarks on maintaining a musical pulse. He gave second place to Tom for his Morceau de Concert and first place to Joe for his Grieg.

 

Kent-Dodsworth Competition for Brass Players 2016

Brass Competition 16Kent-Dodsworth Brass Competition 2016

3rd February

Six competitors took to the podium this year, and were adjudicated by Mr. Oliver Fitzgerald-Lombard. James B opened with his Chanson Bohéme played with care and style on his euphonium, and was followed by James H who gave us a big, bright performance of Boyce’s Trumpet Voluntary. Joe played a very dextrous Jam Bourée on his tuba and Ben played the longest work of the evening, the first movement of Neruda’s Concerto in E flat. Peter payed the only acapella piece of the evening, a stylish account of Reflections, and Owen closed with an exciting account of the famous Purcell Trumpet Tune. Our adjudicator, himself a professional French Horn player, spoke of the importance of tuning, and of playing stylistically, and awarded the second prize to Peter and first prize to Ben for his Neruda.

Kent-Dodsworth Competition for Brass Players 2015

Kent-Dodsworth Brass Comp 2015

Thursday 5th February 2015

The Competition was well-fought this year with a number of players trying out their pieces for the higher grades to be examined a week later.  Cameron kicked off with the famous Rondo from Abdelazer by Henry Purcell, which he played with verve once he had taken his slide lock off.  James H gave the only performance from memory of the evening; a rather fine account of the middle movement of Haydn’s Concerto.  James B on the Eflat Bass gave a very controlled and atmospheric performance of Grieg’s Solveig’s Song and Owen S gave a most stylish performance of Boyce’s Trumpet Voluntary.  Peter gave us some drama with his account of Guilmant’ Morceau Symphonique and Owen T gave us the most difficult piece of the evening, Hubeau’s Spritual.  Joe rounded the evening off with an energetic account of Ron Goodwin’s 633 Squadron.

The Adjudicator, Mr. Mike Taylor, who studied at Trinity College of Music and teaches Tuba at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, commented on how hard it was to make his selections.  There were a number of boys, he said, who could have won, and in the end he gave second place to Owen T, and first place to Owen S, for his Trumpet Voluntary.

Kent-Dodsworth Competition for Brass Players 2013

We were exceptionally lucky this year to have as our adjudicator Mr. Dean Wright.  Not only an accomplished musician and graduate of both the Royal Northern College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, but also Principal Trumpet of Welsh National Opera.

Kent-Dodsworth 2013Owen T opened the programme with a stylish rendition of Allan Street’s Rondino, and was followed by Owen S who gave the first of two (very enjoyable) accounts of the famous Prince of Denmark’s March.  Matthew gave one of the most unusual perfromances of the evening; Mark Nightingales’ experimental The Shout on his tuba.  Jack’s Rondino (this time by Haydn) showed just how much his playing has developed in the last year, and Peter’s Tenor Trombone Rag was a rag-time highlight.  Lewis’s Prince of Denmark’s March was notable for its sweet and well-controlled tone.  The performances finished with Sam’s account of the Halsey Stevens Sonata, a work not for the faint-hearted.

Dean commented extensively on stage-craft and tuning, both of which, he felt, had room for improvement (from everyone!).  He gave second place to Lewis for his Prince of Denmark’s March, along with some encouraging words about Lewis’s playing, and first place to Sam for a thrilling performance from this exceptional musician who, in a few weeks’ time, will be our concerto soloist in the Arutyunyan Trumpet Concerto.