Band triumphs at North West comp

From left to right, Ben Duke with the best intrumentalist award, Len Charnock with contest winning award and Andy Hall with highest placed band award.
From left to right, Ben Duke with the best intrumentalist award, Len Charnock with contest winning award and Andy Hall with highest placed band award.

Pilling Jubilee Silver band can definitely blow their own trumpet after winning the North West Area Brass Band Association competition.

The competition, was back where it belonged in the Gothic surroundings of Rochdale Town Hall, having last took place there in 2000, making it a long overdue comeback.

But Pilling certainly came back with a big brass bang and on top of winning the contest also took the highest placed band award in their section under the direction of Len Charnock, and a best solo instrumentalist award which was awarded to Soprano player Ben Duke.

And that isn’t all they have to bang their drums about as following their success last year, having got through to the national finals, the band have been promoted from their fourth section and will play in the third come January.

Pilling band cornet player Pauline Schofield said: “We have had a very good year and hope to carry that into the next year.

“We are now looking forward to our Christmas concert and to competing in the 3rd section at the Brass in the Preston Guild contest in February and want to thank the community for continuing to support us.”

The bands winning musical rendition was Henry V by Ralph Vaughan Williams which managed to get them the top spot over podium finishers Greenfield who came in second and Sale Brass who took third with their renditions of ‘Dark Side of the Moon’.

Pilling Jubilee Silver Band will perform their Christmas concert at St. John the Baptist Church in Pilling on December6.

The perfomance will begin at 7.30pm with tickets priced at £6.00 including mince pie and glass of wine or soft drink. Tickets are available from J A Redman’s in Knott End, band members and on the door.