Success for Camborne Bands at the West of England Regional Championships


Defending West of England Champions Members of the Camborne Town Band narrowly missed out on retaining their title on Sunday evening following being awarded 2nd position out of the 10 competing Bands at the West of England Regional Championship Finals. The total bands competing at this years contest was 73 and included 15 Cornish bands. Despite losing their title the band are pleased that they will represent the West of England with winners, the Flowers Band, at the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall in October. The result is a reversal of last years result and continues the history of no band retaining their title since the contest has been held in Torquay. Camborne Town Band will be the only Cornish Band appearing at the 2010 National Finals despite near misses by St.Austell and St. Breward in the 1st and 3rd Sections.

The Championship Test Piece “English Heritage” composed by Cornishman George Lloyd proved popular with bands and audience alike. Adjudicators were David Horsfield and Stan Lippeatt.

Camborne Town Band was prepared for the contest by their Musical Director, Kevin Mackenzie, who handed over the conducting role for the contest to professional conductor Ian Porthouse – Musical Director of the Tredegar Band.

The test piece of 17 minutes duration included solo features for many of the band’s soloists including Kayleigh Rowe (cornet), Les Kneebone (soprano), Andrew Mitchell (flugel), Mark Letcher (horn), Robert Jose (euphonium), Ross Buist (baritone), Barry Buist (trombone), and Lee Trewhella (Eb Bass).

The band has a busy schedule of contests and concerts to look forward to with the next contest being in the Hall for Cornwall on 10th April. This is a new entertainment contest for Cornish Championship and 1st section Bands with a£1,000 first prize at stake. On Sunday 9th May the band will appear at the Minack Theatre, Porthcurno with popular Cornish Comedian Johnny Cowling in “Showstoppers” Concert. On Thursday 2nd June the band will appear again with Johnny Cowling and with the Cornwall Boys Choir in “An evening of Music and Comedy”. Professional conductor of the famous Fodens band, Gary Cutt, will conduct the band and act as compere for this concert.

The weekend was a double success story for Camborne as their ‘B’ Band was credited with a 4th place in their first appearance in the First Section. There were fourteen other strong bands in this section and with such a young band the result is a fantastic achievement. Since making their debut in the Fourth Section in 2002, this band has consistently risen through the sections in the past 8 years under the direction of Alan Pope. Trustee Vicky Moyle commented that “the band have worked so hard with determination and commitment with the tremendous support of their musical director to achieve their current standard”.

The band is looking forward to their next challenge on 10th April where they will compete in the Open Entertainment Brass Band Contest.

Chairman, Marcus Dunstan, stated that “It has been another very successful contest for the Society’s Bands and with two excellent Musical Directors and a policy of bringing on our own players I believe that we a base for continued improvement to ensure that our famous tradition continues and flourishes”.




The abbreviated results:

Championship Section
1st Flowers
2nd Camborne Town Band directed by Ian Porthouse - both bands now qualify to represent the West of England at the National Finals in the Royal Albert Hall in October
Other Cornish placings:
4th Mount Charles directed by Phillip McCann
5th St.Dennis directed by Philip Harper
8th Helston Town directed by John Hitchens

First Section
1st Portishead
2nd Bournemouth Concert Brass - both qualifying to represent the West of England at the National Finals in Harrogate in September
Cornish placings:
3rd St.Austell Town dirceted by Gareth Pritchard
4th Camborne 'B' directed by Alan Pope
8th Lanner & District directed by Stuart Chappell

Second Section
1st Filton Concert Brass
2nd Shrewton Silver  - both qualifying to represent the West of England at the National Finals in Harrogate in September
Cornish placings:
8th Heyl Town directed by Derek Johnston
10th St.Pinnock directed by Chris Spreadbury
13th Pendennis Brass directed by Steve Thomas

Third Section
1st Sidmouth Town
2nd Bream Silver - both qualifying to represent the West of England at the National Finals in Harrogate in September
Cornish placings
3rd St.Breward Silver directed by Grahan Boag
8th Bugle Silver directed by David Pope
13th St. Stythians directed by James Burns

Fourth Section
1st Test Valley Brass
2nd Hatherleigh Silver - both qualifying to represent the West of England at the National Finals in Harrogate in September
Cornish placings
10th Launceston Town directed by Dave Dobson
17th Porthleven Town directed by Francis Ralph
18th Lostwithiel Town directed by Denzil Stephens






Wednesday 28th October - Camborne Make Their Way Up the Rankings

After Camborne Town Band's excellent Result at the 2009 National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, they have moved up 16 places in the World Brass Band Rankings to number 31 - their highest placing for some time! Camborne 'B' Band have also made an appearance in the rankings for the first time, entering at number 176! Camborne Town Band Music Society congratulates both bands on this excellent achievement! The full top 200 can be found at

Sunday 27th September - Excellent 3rd Place for Camborne 'B'!

Camborne 'B' Band returned home late last night after competing in the Second Section of the National Championships of Great Britain. Under the baton of Alan Pope, the band were awarded an excellent 3rd place by adjudicators Ray Farr and Dr. Robert Childs. The 'B' Band gave a fine performance of Alan Fernie’s excellent’ A Scot’s Miscellany' off an early number 4 draw, following the eventual winners, City of Cardiff. Below are the full results, courtesy of

  1. City of Cardiff (Melingriffith), Gareth Ritter, Wales, 3
  2. Oldham (Lees), John Collins, North West, 6
  3. Camborne ‘B’, Alan Pope, West of England, 4
  4. Frickley/South Elmsall, David Nichols, Yorkshire, 16
  5. East London Brass, Jayne Murrill, London and SC, 15
  6. Holme Silver, Duncan Beckley, Yorkshire, 5
  7. Flookburgh John Iveson North of England, 13
  8. Silk Brass (Macclesfield) James Cant North West, 17
  9. Verwood Concert Brass David Johnson West of England, 11
  10. Arbroath Instrumental Michael Robertson Scotland, 7
  11. Annan Town (Magnox North) David Shanks Scotland, 1
  12. Yiewsley & West Drayton, Christopher Cole, London and SC, 10
  13. Shirland Welfare Andrew Dennis Midlands, 2
  14. Deiniolen Gavin Saynor Wales, 14
  15. Houghton Brass Howard Smith North of England, 12
  16. Fairlop Brass Kevin Jordan London and SC, 9
  17. Wellington (Telford), Steve Curtis, Midlands, 8

Best instrumentalist: Solo cornet, Oldham (Lees)

The band would like to thank Alan for his hard work leading up to the contest and also like to thank their Musical Advisor, Alan Morrison for his invaluable input. The 'B' also wish to send their congratulations to another local band, St Breward Silver, who yesterday claimed victory in the 4th Section under the baton of Camborne Town Band's MD, Kevin Mackenzie. The 'B' Band will now be in preparation for their promotion to the First Section next year!