A massive congratulations to the UoB Brass Band, who this weekend travelled to Bangor to compete in the tenth edition of UniBrass, a competition that brings together the best University Brass Bands in the country.
This year they played a programme based on duels, which included the programmatic and incredibly entertaining arrangement of ‘Tom and Jerry’ by Scott Bradley and a thrilling performance of ‘Duel of Fates’ from John Williams’ A Phantom Menace Suite. However, the climax was their performance of Liszteria, a captivating piece for xylophone duet. The two soloists, Edward Ault and Stephen Cook, accompanied by the other percussionists, Cameron Chandler and Liz Chapman won the University’s second ever award at these competitions, being awarded the Best Percussion Section. The band’s sixth place finish means that they are the highest placed unauditioned Brass Band at the event, and with almost 60 players on stage, were also the largest band to play.
This is a wonderful achievement for all involved, and shows again the fantastic opportunities offered to all students of whatever musical background in University Music.