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Contest: Hunter Regional Band Association’s Soloist and Ensemble Championships

Several CNL Brass members had success at the Hunter Regional Band Association’s Soloist and Ensemble Championships held on Sunday 7 August.

Clarence Leung, principal cornet, was the winner of the Open Cornets and Trumpets event. As winner of this event, Clarence was presented with the Phillip Clack Perpetual Trophy.

Clarence Leung

Clarence Leung, principal cornet, winner of the Open Cornets and Trumpets event at the Hunter Regional Band Association's 2011 Solos,with the Phillip Clack Perpetual Trophy.

The Euphonium duo of Brendon Jones and David Walker contested the Open Duet event and proved to be the winning combination. It was the first time that CNL Brass has been represented by a euphonium duet.

Brendon Jones and David Walker

Successful duo Brendon Jones and David Walker, winners of the Open Duet event at the recent Hunter Regional Band Association's 2011 Solos.

Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs Concert

Adamstown Uniting Church
Sunday 3 July

CNL Brass presented twenty-one items to a mainly seniors audience in its second of three concerts for 2011. Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs prompted a varied repertoire and provided the opportunity to feature soloists, duets and trios during the performance.

Elizabeth Sturgeon, who usually plays third cornet, gave her first solo performance in front of the band, playing Share My Yoke. Bruce Fletcher and Clarence Leung combined on Soprano Cornet and Bb Cornet to present Pie Jesu, while the trombone trio of Anthony Fowler, Stephen Townsend and Arthur Howard “lightened up” the program with All Aboard-This Train is Bound for Glory.

Well-known Hymns such as Blessed Assurance, The Old Rugged Cross and Abide With Me were popular inclusions. Two of Barrie Gott’s arrangements, Light-Walk and Swingtime Religion added variety to the afternoon.

The afternoon concluded with Eric Ball’s arrangement of The Hallelujah Chorus.

It was surprising, but very pleasing for the band that members of the audience stood and applauded at the conclusion of the concert. This type of response was “a first” for the band.

Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs Concert


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CNL Success in Entertainment at ‘the Hunter’

CNL Brass was a contestant at the Hunter Regional Band Association’s Brass and Concert Band Championships held at Newcastle City Hall on Sunday 12 June.

CNL Brass on stage in the Festival of the Bands, featuring Carol Irving on clarinet in Golden Wedding.

Philip Sketchley OAM, Adjudicator, photographed with CNL Brass Musical Director Ron Boaden, after presenting Ron with the winner’s trophy for Division 2 of the Festival of the Bands.

The Championships consist of a morning session of formal adjudication – the East Coast Championship and an afternoon session of entertainment- the Festival of the Bands.

CNL Brass presented a Hymn and an Own Choice Item in the Formal Graded Section for C and D Grade Brass Bands. The band had to be content with being runner-up to Newcastle PCYC Brass Band in this Section.

Success was achieved in the afternoon’s Festival of the Bands. CNL Brass contested Division 2 for C and D Grade Brass and Concert Bands and won this Division for the fourth successive year. The band presented five numbers in its program:

  • Swingtime Religion
  • Post Horn Gallop (with a little comedy included)
  • Golden Wedding, featuring Carol Irving on clarinet (somewhat unusual for a brass band)
  • Slides in Swingtime (featuring a trombone trio)
  • The Pioneers (a traditional march)

The program was well-received by the audience of about three hundred, with prolonged applause, in particular, for Golden Wedding.

CROSSROADS 50TH ANNIVERSARY CHURCH SERVICE

St Andrews Anglican Church, Mayfield
Sunday 15 May, 2011

Crossroads is a Christian Fellowship with a charter to provide enjoyable experiences for developmentally disabled adults on a part-time basis. The experiences include regular weekly Thursday evening entertainment and, from time to time, trips away for members. The fellowship is run by a Committee, with the assistance each Thursday evening from members of various Christian churches.

CNL Brass has been on the Crossroads entertainment list since the mid-seventies, presenting concerts twice each year. The band was very pleased to provide the entertainment at this 50th Anniversary Church Service.

CNL Brass presented two programs during the Service, each of about twenty minutes duration. Each program was very well received by members of the audience, which numbered about one hundred and twenty.

The first program presented was:
• The Pioneers (a March)
• Second Movement from the Concerto de Aranjuez
• The Floral Dance (a favourite number for the Crossroads members)
• Pie Jesu
• Swingtime Religion

This was followed by:
• Concert March-The Conqueror
• Lightwalk
• Minuet From Quintette in E
• Bob the Builder (another favourite)
• Selections from Godspell

It was a unique experience to play Bob the Builder in a church!! The applause, however, was loud and long.

CNL Brass looks forward to entertaining its Crossroads friends for many years to come.

Crossroads 50th Anniversary 2011


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