2017 News

Northern Counties Kingdom Win Northern Counties

Kingdom Brass confirmed their position as one of Scotland's most entertaining bands by winning the Northern Counties Brass Band Contest at the weekend.

Conducted by Paul Drury, adjudicator Andy Duncan placed Kingdom ahead of Championship Section rivals Bon Accord Silver, with the band's near neighbours Lochgelly in third place.

Band Secretary John Todd said "For the past 15 years we've attended the West Lothian Festival contest in June, but with that contest no longer running we decided to attend the Northern Counties for the first time. It's been a busy few weeks for the band, having to put together such a demanding programme only a few weeks after the Spring Festival in Blackpool, plus we've a major concert in Edinburgh next week, but the band has enjoyed the challenge and really worked hard to get this win. Many of the band played with Cowdenbeath Band before Kingdom was formed, so were part of the band that won this event half a dozen times in the 1990's. It's great to get our hands on the trophy again."

Kingdom opened their programme with a vibrant "Overture to Taras Bulba" and before the audience had a chance to catch their breath, ran straight into some Shostakovitch with "Folk Festival". Solo trombone Alex Philip then delivered a stunning rendition of the Hoagy Carmichael classic "Stardust". Kingdom then entered a series of three dance themed numbers to round off their programme. Paul Drury's arrangement of "Kingdom Dance" from the movie 'Tangled' was followed by the fox-trot styled Salvationist piece "All to Jesus" by Eiliv Herikstad. The band completed their winning programme with Matt Hall's "Nightingale Dances".

In addition to winning the Open contest, the band also received the prize for 'Most Entertaining Band', and 'Best Non-Northern Counties Band'. Martin Edwards won the prize for 'Best Soprano' and the percussion team of Michael McLaughlin, Emma Smith, Russell Wilson and Graeme Wilson won the prize for 'Best Percussion'. Paul Drury also won the trophy for 'Best Conductor'.

The band now finish what has been a gruelling few months with a concert on Friday June 9th in the Freemason's Hall in Edinburgh, based around their winning programme from the weekend plus some major pieces for band and organ.

added 4th June 2017