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AREA CONTEST SWANSEA
20th MARCH 2016
The Journal of Phileas Fogg

Twentieth March, contest day,
An early start, we’re on our way
To Brangwyn Hall with all the rest
To play in the Area Contest.
Weeks of practise now behind,
With only one thing on our mind;
To go on stage, that is the plan,
And play the piece as best we can.
LONDON first, we come alive
And play with energy and drive,
Impressive detail, dynamics good.
Lively tempo sets the mood
To journey on to PARIS fair.
The can can played with great flair.
Tempo getting so much faster,
Presto difficult to master
But not too difficult for us
We carried on with little fuss.
Now MOSCOW – that’s a different story,
All set in style with pomp and glory.
Heavy style, links played well
And both adjudicators tell
How well Horns played at letter M
With all the band supporting them.
VIENNA, city of waltz and dance,
The band played with elegance.
SEVILLE, the bullfight set to go
With Seamus playing his solo.
“Bravo – cadenza very good”
Seamus now has set the mood
Ready to play at Double D
For the voyage on the sea.
Preparing for the journey home
The Band played with great aplomb.
Dynamic detail and balance, too
The final journey to see us through.
Drives well, builds to a warm f tone;
We’re on our way, we’re coming home.
Confident playing to the close
Said Paul and Nigel and they should know.
Character playing shown today
Stylistic contrasts, the way to play.
All the bands were waiting there
To see how their own band would fare.
We thought we’d put on a good show
But, good enough? We didn’t know.
Results were out, surprise, surprise
NEWPORT GIVEN SECOND PRIZE!
Seamus, best player on the day
Had a trophy to take away.
Thanks to Robin for his vision
His hopes for us come to fruition.

Leading band in Section Three

Next, Section Three and I am sure

The future is now looking bright

With Robin there to put us right.

NEWPORT BAND IS RIDING HIGH

and now THE LIMIT IS THE SKY!

 

Olive Horton

 

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