Success for Harrogate's Tewit Silver Band following competition wins

Carrying on from a successful year in 2019, Tewit Silver Band started this year with a win at the National Butlins Mineworkers Brass Band Championships third section.

Monday, 20th January 2020, 1:05 pm
Updated Monday, 20th January 2020, 1:06 pm

The band, which has members between 12 and upper 60s, played the test piece ‘Gothic Dances’ by Alan Fernie against 12 other bands, with complimentary comments from the adjudicators.

After only being formed in November 2017 to provide a band for ex-Tewit Youth Band members, who have to leave before age 19, plus those Youth Band members who wished to join and expand their playing capabilities, Tewit Silver Band had a remarkably successful year during 2019.

The Tewit Silver Band celebrating success at Butlins.

Last January they travelled to Skegness to participate in the fourth section of the National Mineworkers Championships, open to all bands throughout the UK at Butlins - and scored an impressive win.

They then needed to compete in the fourtth section of the Northern Regional Championships held at Durham in March, which they won, meaning they qualified for the National Championships held in Cheltenham later in the year.

They also travelled to Holmfirth in April to compete in the Holme Valley competition, winning first prize for the fourth section.

And the success didn't end there - during August Bank Holiday weekend they travelled to Luchon in the French Pyrenees to represent Harrogate at their twin town’s Fetes des Fleur event., playing and marching throughout the town.

The big competition of the year was in September when they travelled to Cheltenham to compete in the National Brass Band Championships fourth section finals. After playing a very difficult test piece they duly won it, which meant promotion to the third section from January 2020 - much to the delight of the band members.

They also won the North West Brass Band fourth section in Rochdale last October, and the Yorkshire and Humberside Brrass Band fourth section in November.

On top of this a numbers of band members won soloist awards in some of the events.

After winning six out of six competitions, Musical Director Martin Hall has been nominated as a contender for the Most Successful Musical Director of Brass Bands in the Country award.