On the edge of history

Issue 5946

Cory Band looks to make further history at the RAH on 8 October. All about the National Final and much more in the latest packed edition of BB!

Wychavon Festival of Brass unveils new prizes

Thursday 29 September, 2016

The Wychavon Festival of Brass (WFB) has added a new category of prizes to its haul of goodies awarded

to competitors each year. In addition to the substantial prize money in several sections and trophies

for the highest scoring bands in each section plus solo and percussion awards and the ever-popular

entertainment prize, the WFB team thought that, since every band’s musical director does substantial

work in getting the best performances possible, this hard work should be recognised.

A new award will be presented in every section to go to the musical director of the winning band.

However, in the Championship Section a large, silver plated platter will go to the top conductor. Val

Trim, WFB’s Chair, commented: “We will be awarding the Evesham Town Plate, as the new award will

be known, to the winning conductor in recognition of the hard and, very often, creative work that he or

she has put in in to bring their band to peak performance. In the Championship Section we now have

large numbers of entries and winning is no mean feat. It is right and proper to acknowledge dedication

and success!”

The Evesham Town Plate serves a dual purpose in recognising the constant support Evesham Town

Council has given the contest for over 25 years as well as the expertise of the winning conductor. This

financial support has been welcomed by the WFB team, especially in the lean years when band

entries were weak. This year the town’s Mayor, Mr Fred Kaler will have the privilege of making

the first presentation of the Plate, and he is eagerly looking forward to the prize ceremony,

which will come at the end of a long, hard day of contesting.

Although the trophy will need to be returned, an exact replica will be also awarded to

the winning conductor to keep for posterity.

This year’s Annual Entertainment Contest will take place in Evesham on 29 October

at the De Montfort High School. Doors open at 9.30am. All-day tickets are £10.00 and

children under 12 get in free.

Full details are available on the website at www.festivalofbrass.co.uk