EDMOND AT THE DOUBLE

The Lochgelly Band hosted their annual Slow Melody contest on Sunday 27th April. Now in its sixth year the contest commemorates band stalwart Bill Shaw who passed away in 2000. The contest has been steadily building in reputation over the years and has enjoyed good support over the years from bands throughout Scotland. This years contest was no different with nine entries in the junior event and thirteen in the open contest. Adjudicating at this years contest was Jim Chamberlain of Whitburn band, a man with a reputation of being one of the finest flugelhorn players in the country.

In the junior contest it was young cornet player Hayley Edmond of Whitburn who took the victory ahead of fellow cornetist Murray McFarlane of Lochgelly. Hayleys performance of "Macushla" was excellent and showed great maturity. Murray too played excellently well with his choice of "Softly Awakes My Heart". Michael Abbot, Susan Curuthers, Kenneth Fair, Chris Hamilton, Catherine Lockhart, Rachel Neil and David Sellars were all awarded merit certificates. All of the entrants in the junior contest were excellent and made a valuable contribution to what was the best junior contest in the events short history.

In the Open contest there were fantastic performances from many of the entrants but once again it was Hayley Edmond who emerged as the winner. Hayley becomes the first person to complete the double by lifting both trophies. If anything her performance here was even better than her previous win in the junior contest. Again showing a maturity in performance beyond her years, this girl obviously has talent. With correct guidance she will go far and should be a name to watch out for in years to come. Another rising star of the future is horn player Rachel Neil of Dunfermline Town who just missed out on adding the Bill Shaw Memorial trophy to the Fife slow melody trophy she won in January. After her Fife win in January Rachels name popped up on the radar of several bands, todays performance will not have diminished her growing reputation. Finishing in third place and awarded the trophy for the highest placed Lochgelly band player was euphonium player Wesley Stuart; at "a shade under 40", the oldest player to make the top four. Wesley only joined Lochgelly to help them out at a contest but enjoyed it so much he decided to stay. A fine euphonium player, this trophy is just reward for the contribution he has made to the bands success over the last few months. In fourth place was another young name to look out for in the future, Lauren Robb of Unison Kinneil. Lauren gave a great performance of "Meditation From Thais" off the dreaded number 1 draw.

It bodes well for the future of Scottish banding that four of the top six placings in the Open contest were filled by junior players. Not only that, but they are all players who have the talent and ability to go on and make a name for themselves in the future. Such was the standard of the junior contest that those younger players behind the leaders will surely be challenging in the future if they maintain their current progress. It was pleasing to note that Whitburn, Unison Kinneil, Dunfermline Town and Dysart all entered players who are products of their own fledgling youth development projects. The signs are good in Scotland that a new generation of young brass players is on the verge of breaking through, due in no small part to the efforts of SBBA in conjunction with their member bands and local education authorities.

The Lochgelly Band would like to pass on its congratulations to the winners and its thanks to all of the competitors who all helped make this contest a fitting tribute to the man whose name it bears. Our thanks too to adjudicator Jim Chamberlain and accompanist Susan Gormley and to all those backroom staff who helped make the day run smoothly.

Bill Shaw Memorial Slow Melody Contest
27th April 2008


Junior Section

PlaceNameInstrumentBandDrawPoints
1
Hayley EdmondCornetWhitburn
4
94
2
Murray McFarlaneCornetLochgelly
1
93
3
Rachel NeilTenor HornDunfermline Town
7
92

Merit Awards:

Michael AbbotDunfermline Town
Susan CuruthersWhitburn Juniors
Kenneth FairWhitburn Juniors
Chris HamiltonUnison Kinneil
Catherine LockhartLochgelly High School
David SellarsDysart Youth Band

Open Section

PlaceNameInstrumentBandDrawPoints
1
Hayley EdmondCornetWhitburn
7
96
2
Rachel NeilTenor HornDunfermline Town
8
95
3
Wesley StuartEuphoniumLochgelly
5
94
4
Lauren RobbCornetUnison Kinneil
1
93
5
Carol SandellBaritoneKingdom Brass
6
92
6
Murray McFarlaneCornetLochgelly
4
91
7
Alan DouglasEuphonium 
3
89
8
Bill GuyanEb BassLochgelly
9
88
9
John MartinEb BassLochgelly
12
87
10
Michael AbbotBaritoneDunfermline Town
11
86
11
Katy AndersonEuphoniumClackmannan District
10
85
12
Neil McCormackBb BassLochgelly
13
84
13
David BennisonBaritoneLochgelly
2
83

 

 

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