After winning the Regional Championships in Bedworth in March, the band is now working towards the finals in Cheltenham in September. The test piece, Penlee written by Simon Dobson depicts the lifeboat disaster that took place just off the coast of Cornwall in 1981. The piece includes many different timbres and textures which, as well as being extremely effective, also pose their own challenges for players.
The band plan to make a weekend of the finals as it is not very often that bands get this opportunity. A coach will take the players down to Cheltenham where everyone will get plenty of rest at a local inn on the saturday before performing on the Sunday (22nd September) morning.
Hucknall & Linby will be up against the top 2 and 3 bands from all of the other areas across the country. Stiff competition will come from the Yorkshire area winners Dronfield and Severn Tunnel (Welsh Area winners) who have also been on top form recently.
It will be the first time that Hucknall & Linby have gone to the finals since they formed in 2008 and all of the band are especially looking forward to it. The Chairman, Chris Knapp said: ‘It is a great honour for both the band and the local area and I for one feel proud to be playing at the finals in September. It is also my first time going to the finals and so am personally looking forward to the experience too’.
If you want to catch the band at the finals they will be playing on Sunday 22nd September in the morning at Cheltenham Racecourse. Come and support!