Winners of Wilkinsons Contest

November 19th 2006

On Sunday 19th November 2006 Eccles Borough Band won the Wilkinsons 3rd Section Contest at St Helens, playing Dimensions by Peter Graham. The other bands in the 3rd Section were Lostock Hall, Pemberton Old B, Uppermill, Golborne and Parr.

Ruth Hollick, solo euphonium player, won the best soloist prize for the 3rd Section and the prize for the best Musical Director was won by Les Webb.

What a triumph for Eccles Borough Band!!

Eccles Borough Band had not contested since March 2003 and this was the first contest as a conductor for Les Webb, our MD. This was also the first contest for four players, Ruth Hollick – solo euphonium, Andrew Hollick, who travelled from Plymouth to play percussion for the Band, Nicola Stirzaker (1st Horn) and Ruth Swindell (Solo Trombone).

The Band consisted of :

Sarah Simpson : Principal Cornet
Matthew Sale : Solo Cornet
Linda Crompton : Solo Cornet
Graham Ebbrell : Solo Cornet

James McFadyen : Soprano Cornet
Andy Wright : Repiano Cornet
Barry Hobin – 2nd Cornet
Becky Jones – 2nd Cornet
Mark Alington : 3rd Cornet
Jim Davies : 3rd Cornet

Ruth Mulholland : Flugel Horn
Rebecca Hollick : Solo Horn
Nikki Stirzaker : 1st Horn
Susan Pickering : 2nd Horn

Val Davies : Solo Baritone
Patrick Ward : 2nd Baritone

Ruth Hollick : Solo Euphonium
Elaine Jones : 2nd Euphonium

Ruth Swindell : Solo Trombone
Ken Bumby : 2nd Trombone
Richard Van Wensen : Bass Trombone

John Mason : Eb Bass
Dennis Bottomley : Eb Bass
Bill Nichol : BBb Bass,

Andrew Hollick : Percussion
Michael Edge : Percussion