Aldford Village Hall was the scene on Sunday afternoon (9 October) for the City of Chester Training Bandâ€™s annual solo competition.Ten members, whose ages range from 10 to 77, played a piece of music of their own choice before an adjudication panel comprising Peter Dalton, a long-standing personal tutor to many Training Band members, and Paul Donoghue, Chairman of the City of Chester Band and Soprano Cornet player within the main band.
The adjudicators commented on the high standard of playing throughout the afternoon awarding the Margaret Blythin shield to Deborah Roberts (the winnerâ€™s shield is dedicated to a former player).Deborah, who joined the Training Band earlier this year, started playing on the Eb Tenor Horn six years ago and is currently preparing to take her Grade 6 music exam.
Before the adjudication started, all ten entrants to the competition warmed up their lips and instruments by playing a short band concert under the direction of their conductor, Chris. Hardy.The concert resumed after the competition during which the adjudicators gathered their thoughts before commenting on each competitorâ€™s performance and announcing the winner.
All entrants were praised by the adjudicators for entering the competition and for their determination in playing solo before an audience, never an easy matter.Tips were given on preparation, presentation, style, technique and posture.
The afternoon concluded with the presentation of medallions and certificates to all the competitors, a buffet and raffle.
Pictures show the winner Deborah Roberts, all the competitors with Chris Hardy and Tony Blain, Training Band Co-ordinator, who organised the event.