Newstead take festival by storm

“SUPER playing” was the reaction to the performance of Newstead Brass, who retained the Best Ex-Colliery Band trophy and took the runners-up position overall in the championship section of the Bolsover Festival.

Billed as Great Britain’s largest brass band entertainment contest, the Derbyshire festival featured 28 bands, each performing a 20-minute programme to a large audience, including civic dignitaries.

Seven bands took part in the championship section, judged by Alan Morrison, former principal cornet with the Grimethorpe and Brighouse and Rastrick bands.

His summary of Newstead’s performance, conducted by musical director Duncan Beckley, was: “A super programme that was so well organised and directed. High entertainment value in a range of styles that were thoroughly enjoyed.”

Newstead were awarded the Wilson Bowden Developments runners-up trophy, as well as the award for the highest-placed ex-colliery band. Top prize went to the Jaguar Land Rover Band from Warwickshire and third place to the Jackfield (Elcock Reisen) Band from Shropshire.

A Newstead spokesman commented: “We’re delighted to have finished in the top two at this festival for the third year running. It is an endorsement of the band’s quality and entertainment value, which concert audiences can depend on.”

Newstead also performed last weekend in ‘Brass And Voices At The Palace’ show at Mansfield Palace Theatre with Eastwood Collieries Male Voice Choir, Derbyshire saxophone quartet Imperfect Fifth and Four Tubby Tubas of Salford University in Manchester.