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Town band return from Blackpool with fourth place

By West Briton  |  Posted: May 08, 2014

By Chris Matthews

Nick Wills, left, receiving the fourth place award from adjudicator John Doyle.

Nick Wills, left, receiving the fourth place award from adjudicator John Doyle.

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CAMBORNE Town Band was rewarded for making the long journey to Blackpool when they returned home after coming fourth at the British Open Spring Festival.

The band were among 20 competing in their division and earned themselves promotion to compete in next year's grand shield section at the Blackpool Winter Gardens complex.

The band's rehearsals in the weeks leading up to the final were taken by their resident conductor Kevin Mackenzie, with professional conductor John Berryman taking over the baton for the final week and for the contest performance.

Mr Berryman said: "With my father, grandfather and myself being playing members for the Camborne Town Band it is always special for me to come back to conduct the band of my roots.

"The band's commitment and drive to give a top-quality performance was epitomised by their new principal cornet Demelza Struges and her young solo cornet colleagues, who have an average age of only 20 years."

All entrants played a 17-minute test piece called English Heritage, composed by St Ives-born composer George Lloyd.

Adjudicator John Doyle was full of praise for the band's performance.

He said: "The band delivered a performance to be proud of. A wonderful performance where the soloists did so well and it was the best sound I've heard all day."

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