The Richmond Brass Band braved the elements to attend a highlight in any bands calendar – Whit Friday! The event occurs annually and involves marching through a village, then playing a static march for an adjudicator. After that everyone piles into a coach and moves on to the next village to see how many the band can play at over an afternoon and into the evening. Often the weather is challenging but the crowds turn out in-force and everyone has a brilliant time!
This year at Whit Friday the band were very pleased to bag 1st place (4th section) in Denshaw, 2nd place (4th section) in the much coveted Delph contest and 3rd place (still 4th section) at Friezland.
Below is a pictorial overview of how we got on this year!
Practice makes perfect
Mark Wilkinson from Fodens Band takes the cornets for a sectional at the hotel.
Trombone, baritone and euphonium sectional
The trombones, euphoniums and baritones rehearse under the watchful eye of Richmond Brass Band's principal euphonium player, Rob Fox.
One for the road
Mark Wilkinson conducts a rehearsal with fellow Fodens band-mate and tenor horn tutor, Jonny Bates tooting along.
Ready to play
Richmond Brass Band recreate a picture from last year, though much less soggy, under an arch in Denshaw.
Performing for an attentive audience, Delph is one of the most popular contests. A great achievement to be awarded second place in the 4th section.
Head and shoulders above the rest?
Musical Director Vickie van Uden stands on her 'conducting step' outside the adjudicators caravan in Diggle.
A bit of north and a bit of south
Solo horn, Edward, on the coach holding a champagne flute and a pork pie. Best of both worlds.