Carlton Main 7th On British Open Brassband Championships

The Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band conducted by Erik Janssen in the Birmingham concert Hall.


4bars rest wrote the following comments:


A solid opening if not the most atmospheric we’ve heard today and Black Land proceeds without major incident.

The Towering Colliery impresses in its sound and this is coming across as a workmanlike performance whilst not grabbing us with its emotion or engagement at this stage.

Kirsty Abbots is a fine cornet soloist in From Light to Dark and the transition into Extracting the Coal is well handled.

As Extracting the Coal progresses however the ensemble isn’t always totally secure but there is so much energy here, energy that continues to play its part in Firedamp as there’s a real sense of terror as the flames roar through the mine shaft. At times this is really capturing our imagination.

Solo cornet again impresses at the opening of Fraternity Prayer, whilst the emotion is wrought from the final paragraphs in impressive fashion.

Overall: A committed and at times vividly exciting show from Carlton Main. Not without insecurities but well conceived musically and performed with passion.

Christopher Thomas

Some quote’s of the adjudicators:

A Phantastic perfomance with outstanding fast sections. Stephen Robberts

This is marvellous, stunning playing: Paul Cosh

A Fabulous performance: Ray Farr

Full Result

Saturday 9th September
Test Piece: ‘Fraternity’ — Thierry Deleruylle

Adjudicators: Paul Cosh, Ray Farr, Stephen Roberts

1. Valaisia Brass Band (Arsene Duc)
2. Whitburn (Florent Didier)
3. Cory (Philip Harper)
4. Brighouse & Rastrick (Prof David King)
5. Foden’s (Bramwell Tovey)
6. Grimethorpe Colliery (Allan Withington)
7. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery (Erik Janssen)
8. Tredegar (Ian Porthouse)
9. Desford Colliery (Leicestershire Miners Trust Fund) (Michael Fowles)
10. Leyland (Thomas Wyss)
11. Fairey (Garry Cutt)
12. Rothwell Temperance (David Roberts)
13. Wingates (Paul Andrews)
14. Flowers (David Childs)
15. Milnrow (Mark Bentham)
16. Co-operative Funeralcare (Allan Ramsay)
17. Black Dyke (Prof Nicholas J. Childs)
18. Jaguar Land Rover (Dave Lea)

*Relegated to the Grand Shield: Jaguar Land Rover and Milnrow

*to be officially confirmed

Stanley Wainwright Memorial Trophy: Roger Webster (cornet): Grimethorpe Colliery
Brian Evans Memorial Trophy: Connor Lennon (Carlton Main Frickley)
The Geoffrey Whitham Memorial Trophy: Steven Walsh (Desford)

Connor Lennon played a stunning contest, he was rewarded best Soprano.