After a 25 years absence from regional competition, Hadstock Silver Band returned to the fold to come out with a top half finish in a competition that also saw Haverhill Silver Band claim a top five finish.
Hadstock took part in Sunday’s (March 16) London & Southern Counties Area Contest, the regional part of the national brass band championship of Great Britain, at Stevenage.
In section four Hadstock managed a creditable top half finish, ending ninth out of the 20 bands in the division.
The band’s musical director, Dr Lisa Jardine-Wright, said: “Hadstock did compete in this competition around 25 years ago and whilst, as you know, we have had some success in locally run competitions of late we hadn’t entered this national heat for that long.”
Haverhill competed in the first division (only the Championship is higher) and came fifth out of 15 bands.
Thundersley won the division with Sandhurst, containing military professional musicians, runner-up.
Haverhill played Cry of the Mountain by Howard Lorriman and were conducted by Mark Ager. Hadstock played Three Spanish Impressions by Alan Fernie.
Dr Jardine-Wright also played solo horn with Haverhill on Saturday, and conducted in fourth section on Sunday.
The competition saw bands from all over London and the Southern Counties challenging for a place at the national finals, with more than 80 bands competing in five different sections over the weekend - Championship, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th.
David Hurrell, Master of Ceremonies for the competition said: “Hadstock played with great conviction and technical aplomb and succeeded in lifting the very demanding music off the page with a bravura, crowd-pleasing performance.”