Following an unbelievable amount of preperation and rehearsal, our performance of Gilbert Vinter’s “Triumphant Rhapsody” on Sunday we thought was brilliant.
However, being placed 10th, the band cannot help feeling disappointed, if not robbed. The predictions by 4barsrest.com had the band as 2nd, and there were many positive comments by members of the audience about our playing.
Brass band contest results are, in the end, the opinion of the adjudicators, and it seems that the incredible power of Point of Ayr Band was disliked by Messers. Roe and Horsefield.
The only comment made by Mr. Roe before the announcement of results was that loud playing is a “disease coming into brass banding”, and that a fortissimo marking doesn’t mean the paint needs to be stripped off the walls.
However, Point of Ayr will continue to play as it always has, with it’s own bold and distinctive style, and we look forward to the championship section Welsh regionals in March 2010.