High note as Lewes Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band reaches finals

The Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band (LGB Brass) is in line for national glory.

It has qualified for the finals of the country-wide Brass Band Championships to be staged in Cheltenham later this year.

LGB Brass clinched its place after coming second in the Southern regional championships on Saturday.

Bands are organised into sections – like football leagues – with the best in the Championship Section, moving down to the Fourth Section.Usually, two bands from each section at eight regional venues qualify for the finals.

All the bands in the same section play the same piece of music, chosen by the organisers. The difficulty of the five pieces is designed to test the playing of bands, and the musical interpretation of their respective conductors, at each level.

LGB Brass played in the Third Section at Stevenage, having been promoted as Fourth Section area champions in 2011. The piece it was given was called Hollywood! by Cornish composer Goff Richards.

The piece is described by the composer as “a celebration of American film. The work depicts the varying moods of slapstick comedy, romance, the Western and contemporary action drama. Perhaps the names Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monrose, John Wayne and Harrison Ford will spring to mind during the performance.”

Significant solo contributions were heard from Alex Emberley (flugal), Adam Kearley (principal cornet), Angela Holloway (solo horn) and Peter Cowlett (solo trombone). The whole thing was put together by Ian Stewart, the band’s Musical Director.