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Derwent Deliver at Regional Championships

The 2011 Midland Regional Championships saw the Midland's finest 12 brass bands battle it out on stage in Bedworth's Civic Hall. 

The band had thoroughly enjoyed working on the set test piece for the Championship Section; 'Paganini Variations'.

Perhaps one of the greatest classic brass band compositions of all time, “Paganini Variations” was commissioned by the BBC in 1990 for the BBC Band of the Year, Grimethorpe Colliery Band and is inscribed “For Paul Hindmarsh”, the BBC producer. The 24th Caprice has been worked, re worked and worked again and again by composers, but never until Wilby did it, for brass bands. However, Wilby took two strands – the historical and the personal and combined them together into a contemporary piece that takes us from the early 19th century and the roots of the early brass band repertoire right through to the modern day. Each of the sixteen variations explores these avenues to the full – some romantic, some sombre, others brilliant and brash, whilst the underlying theme remains intact.

Unlike many bands, Derwent Brass are heavily committed to keeping the band 'family-friendly' and as a result only rehearse once a week which at this level is some achievement. For this contest however the rehearsal schedule was slightly intensified over the last couple of weeks to ensure a solid on stage performance, which the band did deliver in fine style.

"A ‘Paganini’ of distinguished merit." is how 4BarsRest summarised the performance, which is the same opinion shared amongst the band members and their musical director. Whilst Derwent's recital of the piece found real favour for a top 4 placing in the hall, it was enough for the adjudicators to place the band a very respectable 6th place. 

"...a triumphant result' - 4barsrest.com

Keith Leonard, the band's musical director commented "I was delighted with the band's composure and performance on stage - at this level this is a fair result and a true impression of the band's standard both at contest and concert level."

"...had a stamp of classy authority." - 4barsrest.com

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