This weekend the band will be travelling to Cheltenham for the second time in 3 years to represent the midlands at the National Finals in the 3rd section. In 2013 we finished 4th on our first appearance and we will be hoping that the experience gained can push us on to an even better finish this year.
As always with the national finals the standard will be exceptionally high, with fellow midlanders Ifton Colliery and Foss Dyke, as well as Slaithwaite and Boarshurst Silver all in attendance.
The piece chosen for this year’s competition is Oliver Waespi’s “The Graces of Love”. The work is in three movements and is inspired by the book by the same name published in 1602 by Cesare Negri, a famous dance master of the Milan court during the renaissance. This book contains the tune Il bianco fior (The White Flower) on which the first movement of the test piece is based. The second movement, is much more calm and contemplative in character and features the tune Vaghe bellezze(Veiled Beauty). Widely spaced melodic parts surround two solos for euphonium and cornet during which the tune is varied and developed. Finally, the third movement contains a saltarello with a hypnotic rhythm, ending the work with flair and gusto.
The band have been working on the piece throughout the summer, and are looking forward to performing at The Centaur on Sunday. We will be tweeting throughout the weekend, so be sure to follow us on our Twitter and Facebook accounts!