Woodfalls Win the Yeovil Entertainments Competition(February 05, 2011)
Woodfalls continued their bright start to the 2011 season by winning the Yeovil Entertainment Contest for the first time in their history on the weekend.
Following on from their second place in the entertainment leg of the recent Butlins Mineworkers Contest, they went one better under the baton of Gareth Pritchard to claim the Chris Palmer Shield and the £2,000 top prize.
Speaking to 4BR, adjudicator Colin Hardy was impressed by Woodfall’s innovative approach and quality playing. “They stood out for me. It was a very good programme and I was particularly impressed by the innovation shown as well as the playing. The overall standard on the day was very good, and the prize winners certainly made an impression.”
Colin was also encouraged by a number of bands taking the opportunity to use the output of young composers. “It was good to hear new music from talented young composers. It certainly made for interesting programmes that sounded fresh and inventive.”
Two point margin
Woodfalls topped the 12-band field by a two point margin ahead of Welsh contenders BTM, with a reprise of their innovative Scandinavian themed Skegness programme.
With the West of England Area contest just over a month away, the result also saw them beat Torquay rivals Mount Charles and reigning Butlins Mineworkers Champion Flowers, who came third and fourth respectively.
Speaking to 4BR before he flew to Norway to prepare Radoy Band for the Norwegian National Championships in Bergen, the winning MD was understandably still bubbling with delight. “It’s a great win and gives everyone a huge boost of confidence ahead of the Areas and the Grand Shield in May,” Gareth Pritchard said.
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