|9.0 a.m. Electrics
1. House lights up
2. Platform floods down
3. Spots on trophies.
incorporating lighting - plot and running time
|9.10 a.m. Sharp Electrics
4. Continue house lights up
(and continue to do so until end
of contest to enable Audience to
follow music in their possession
until last band has played.)
5. Spot on compere and hold until
end of his introductory remarks.
COMPERE (Script) 9.15 a.m. SHARP
"Ladies and Gentlemen, We extend to you a warm welcome to the 1971 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP and the GRAND FINALS of the National Brass Band Championship of Great Britain.
2,750 instrumentalists in 110 Brass Bands representing English, Scottish and Welsh Counties are to compete in the World and National Championships today.
Here in the Royal Albert Hall we are concerned with two titles - the WORLD CHAMPION and the CHAMPION BAND OF GREAT BRITAIN".
"Included in the line-up is the reigning WORLD CHAMPION to defend its title -
BLACK DYKE MILLS BAND
It will be of particular interest to you also that the reigning CHAMPION BAND OF GREAT BRITAIN - GRIMETHORPE COLLIERY BAND - is also included in the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP today.
The Test Piece for the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP is -
ENERGY, A SYMPHONIC STUDY FOR BRASS BAND composed specially for today's event by Robert Simpson
The Test Piece for the CHAMPION BAND OF GREAT BRITAIN CHAMPIONSHIP is -
OVERTURE, LE ROI D’YS by LALO and arranged for Brass Band by Frank Wright.
There will be 17 Bands concerned with the CHAMPION BAND OF GREAT BRITAIN CHAMPIONSHIP. We commence the proceedings with this Contest. The WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP will commence around 1.30 p.m. - and there will be 7 Bands concerned."
"The Adjudicators today are -
MR. ERIC BALL and he will be joined by -
Lt. Col. R. B. BASHFORD and -
Dr. HAVELOCK NELSON
They will be escorted to the Adjudicators' Enclosure - immediately above the B.B.C. Control Box - by the Officials appointed by the competing bands. It will be their duty to see that the Adjudicators are "locked in" and "sealed off" satisfactorily for the discharge of their duties.
|Cue: Here They Come
(Entrance of Adjudicators - right
hand ramp on Compere's side of
Platform -from backstage,
preceded by Sergeant-Commissionaire)
6. Pick out adjudicators at entrance to
platform from backstage (led by
sergeant-commissionaire) with strip
light and follow them through up steps
leading to loggia box 1 entrance.
The adjudicators will proceed, without
stopping, across front of platform to gain access to steps leading to loggia box no.1 (standard telephones)
entrance, from this point they hill
proceed to Ground tier box no.8.
7. When last of Adjudicators leaves by
Loggia No. 1 entrance - strip light down.
COMPERE (Script 2) (simultaneously with last of Adjudicators leaving by Loggia Box No. 1 Entrance)
"Whilst I have been speaking to you - the Ballot for Order of Flay has proceeded in the Control Room backstage. The numbers will be shown to you on large cards :-
RED for the number against the name of the Band on the programme and
BLACK for the number they draw in the order of playing.
Look out - then - for the placing of these cards on their respective Display Stands by the Commissionaires.
I repeat - the RED for the number against the name of the Band on the programme - and BLACK for the number they draw in the order of playing.
One final point.
When the first band is settled on the platform it will play the National Anthem.
8. As compere leaves his table - spot down.
Electrics special note: this is vital clue:
9. Immediately first conductor takes his
position in front of his band - platform
floods up. This is cue for National Anthem.
10. Continue platform floods up to end
of contest proceedings at approximately
Do not discontinue platform floods.
11. Spot on compere.
12. Standard mike live for following ceremonies.
13. At this point we are taking a
breathing space only between two
phases of the contest - you continue
platform floods without interruption.
COMPERE (Approx. 1.15 p.m.) (immediately applause for last of 17 bandshas died away.)
COMPERE (Approx. 1.0 p.m.) (Synchronising with last Band in CHAMPION BAND OF GREAT BRITAIN PHASE OF CONTEST taking the platform - take up position ready for announcement).
"Ladies and Gentlemen,
We have now reached the end of the contest for the title of 1971 CHAMPION BAND OF GREAT BRITAIN.
Whilst the Adjudicators proceed with the task of assessing the merits of the performance by the 17 Championship bands - we will proceed with the "Spotlight on Service" Ceremony - which will be in the form of an acknowledgment of the long service to Brass Bands by Mr. William Scholes.
The presentation of the Baton of Honour will be made by Dr. Robert Simpson, Composer of the World Championship Test Piece today.
Here is Mr. Vaughan Morris, Administrative Director, National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, together with Mr. William Scholes and Dr. Robert Simpson."
W A Scholes about to recieve the
Baton of Honour from
Dr. Robert Simpson
Spotlight on Service Ceremony
COMPERE 1.20 p.m. (approx.) Immediately presentation party is in position on platform
FANFARE by CITY OF COVENTRY BAND (seated on platform)
Then proceed with -Script - "SPOTLIGHT ON SERVICE".
"We now proceed to the annual ceremony by means of which musicians who have given outstanding service to the Brass Band Movement are featured. The Ceremony has been given the apt - and indeed significant - title:
To mark the occasion - a special Baton of Honour is presented to the musician singled out for this proud honour. Today that personality is William Scholes. He is to be presented with the Baton of Honour by Dr. Robert Simpson - whose brilliant and initial work for Brass Band we shall soon hear performed by the Bands competing for the World Championship title.
'Bill' Scholes was born in 1905 at Rushden, Northamptonshire. His interest in music was evident at a very early age. The local Salvation Army Hall was in close proximity to his home and at twelve years of age he became involved in its activities. This interest continues to be an active influence in his life. He was trained to play the cornet by Bandmaster Harry Giles and his proficiency reached the standard that at the age of sixteen he was appointed Songster Leader. The fact that he held this position for twenty-four years has - no doubt - bearing on the 'choral sound' reflected in his brass band playing.
His eagerness to improve his appreciation of - and his capacity to assess - his broadening interest in music led to him teaming up with his contemporary - Tom Giles - of I.S.B. fame in the early years of 1930's. In 1940 he was receiving instruction in harmony from George Marshall. He then commenced to study under the guidance and tutorial influence of the late Frank Wright at the Guildhall School of Music. In 1945 he gained the diploma of L.G.S.M. with honours. This was followed in 1946 with the diploma of B.B.C.M.
In 1947 he became Conductor of Rushden Temperance Band. This fruitful and progressive association continued for fourteen years. In addition, he was active in preparing other bands for their qualifying events for the National Championships. His valuable work in steering the Kibworth Band from Third Section to Championship status during the years 1963-6^-65 is an accomplishment of which he is rightly proud. Bill Scholes is a staunch believer in the potentialities of bands in the 'lower1 Sections. He is professional Conductor of Towcester Studio Band and is constantly in demand for coaching duties by enterprising bands anxious to make progress. During recent years he has greatly enhanced his reputation as an astute, factual and discerning adjudicator. He is also building up his ability as a composer and has had several choral pieces - marches - trombone - solos and cornet duets accepted for publication.
Bill Scholes has made a tremendous contribution to the many facets of the Brass Band Movement. We are grateful for his devotion and long period of service on behalf of our Brass Bands in general."
Compere Note: (Dr. Robert Simpson will speak for ½ minute only - and then proceed to present Baton of Honour to Mr. 'Bil' Scholes - who will confine his remarks to ½ minute)
1.30 p.m. (approx.) Immediately 'Spotlight on Service' ceremony completed.
"Before we get the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP under way - we are going to let you hear a most promising young player from the Midlands. Nicholas Thompson is 13 years of age and is Principal Cornet City of Coventry "B" Band. Nicholas has made phenomenal progress and great credit is due to Albert Chappell and those who have guided his musical steps - and to his own dedication and industry.
In 1970 - and again this year - Nicholas reached the final six for the 'play off' for the National Champion of Great Britain title at Oxford against the finest adult soloists we have in the Brass Band Movement.
This young man attended his first course with the National Youth Band in August.
The City of Coventry 'Senior' Band - who are seated on the platform - will provide the accompaniment for Nicholas Thompson's solo item - which is - ZELDA by Percy Code
14. Standard mike off.
COMPERE 1.40 P.M. (Approx.) On conclusion of Nicholas Thompson spot.
"That was a superb performance. We are grateful to Nicholas Thompson - and wish him much success in the future. Thank you - also - the City of Coventry Band - and your Director of Music - Albert Chappell"
Compere - Pause to enable band no. 1 in world championship to take the platform, when the band is set - proceed -
COMPERE (Start of World Championship)
"As you see - the Band drawn to play first in the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP is ready on the platform. If the judges are also ready - will they kindly give the signal by sounding their bell."
Compere - you make exit immediately bell signal is given.
COMPERE (Approx. 2.45 p.m.) (Synchronising with last band in WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP taking the platform - take up position ready for announcement at close of Contest).
15. At close of applause for last band
keep platform floods up.
16. Spot on compere.
COMPERE (immediately applause for last band has died away)
"Ladies and Gentlemen - The Adjudicators will now proceed with the task of assessing the merits of the performances both they - and you - have heard - and thus determine which Bands have won the titles of WORLD CHAMPION and CHAMPION BAND OF GREAT BRITAIN for 1971.
The Band which emerges today as the supreme winner in the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP will be invested with the accolade of 'WORLD CHAMPION'.
In addition, the Band taking the proud title of 1971 Champion Band of Great Britain will be announced.
The magnificent Challenge Trophies for the World Champion and Champion Band of Great Britain are displayed on the front of the platform - facing towards you.
Before we come to the point of announcing the Awards - we shall be concerned with the presentation of two other ceremonies here."
"First will be the presentation of the Insignia of Honour to Mr. Jim Shepherd -BLACK DYKE MILLS BAND - for his conspicuous service to Brass Bands. This presentation will be made by Mr. Peter Wilson - who - after the close of this great Festival of Brass today - will take over the duties of Organising Secretary of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain. We then proceed to a ceremony which is now a feature of this great Brass Band Festival each year.
This will take the form of "thinking back" to the grand band of men and women who - whilst no longer in our midst - will long be remembered for their devotion to the cause of Brass Band music. This ceremony is our annual 'Moment of Remembrance'.
Today it will make particular reference to the late Frank Wright.
17. We shall require standard mike live
right hand - centre - of platform apron for Insignia of Honour and other ceremonies only.
Special note: 18 .Messrs. Peter Wilson
and Jim Shepherd will be escorted on to the platform by Mr. Vaughan Morris.
19. Fanfare over p.a.
COMPERE (approx. 3.0 p.m.) when platform party in position.
INSIGNIA OF HONOUR - MR. JIM SHEPHERD
"We now proceed to the presentation of the first of the two ceremonies to which I referred earlier.
The long years of devoted service - coupled with his singular contribution to Brass Bands - in the case of Jim Shepherd is to be recognised in an appropriate manner. He is to receive the Insignia of Honour. for conspicuous service to Brass Bands.
The presentation will be made by - Mr. Peter Wilson.
(Mr. Peter Wilson will speak for½ minute only and then proceed to present the Insignia of Honour to Mr. Jim Shepherd,, who will not speak.)
"The Insignia of Honour is an annual award to a 'working' instrumentalist - who has given long years of devoted service - coupled with a singular contribution to Brass Bands. In this wise it pinpoints the appreciation of the Movement to the grand band of active players who - in their respective spheres - have given a long term of dedication to Brass Band music-making of the highest order.
Jim Shepherd was born at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea - Northumberland - in 1936. He began his music career at thirteen years of age under the instruction of his father. Because of his rapid progress he was able to join the Newbiggin Colliery Band during his initial year of training. On attaining the age of eighteen - he joined the R.A.M.C. Staff Band and quickly became its Principal Cornet. After three years Army service he returned to his home and joined Pegswood Colliery Band. In I960 Jim Shepherd transferred to Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band as Principal Cornet. Whilst occupying this position - he achieved the distinction of becoming Champion Soloist of Great Britain in 1962 -and again in 1963. The following year he joined Black Dyke Mills Band - and proceeded to register his third consecutive success by being declared the 1964 Champion Soloist of Great Britain. In 1968 and 1970 he was made the winning soloist in the Wind Class of the Teeside International Eisteddfod. Since 1964 he has been a peripatic Brass Band Instructor for the West Riding of Yorkshire Education Authority.
The Queensbury Music Centre was founded by Jim Shepherd in 1969 - and in the same year its brass band won the Youth Championship at the National Finals in London.
Jim Shepherd has made material contributions to the substantial successes achieved by Black Dyke Mills Band during the years of his association with it. These triumphs include - B.B.C. Band of the Year 1967 and 1970 - Champion Band of Great Britain 1967 - Belle Vue Champions 1968 - WORLD CHAMPIONS 1970.
In paying tribute to Jim Shepherd today - we recognise the dependence on men of integrity and dedication - in the preparatory work they undertake - which in turn sustains an appropriate public appreciation of the music we have to offer."
COMPERE Immediately Insignia of Honour ceremony completed.
"Ladies and Gentlemen - Mr. Vaughan Morris"
Mr. Vaughan Morris will say
"Each year by the inevitable processes of life -we have to bid goodbye to old and trusted friends who hrve enjoyed with us Brass Band music-making - and the companionship - which stems from work on behalf of our Brass Bands.
Whilst we are saddened by the passing of these men of dedication and unique talents - let us also give thanks for the knowledge - inspiration and encouragement which they made available in such good measure whilst they were amongst us. For this brief moment let us think back to all those, who have made a contribution - in whatever form it might be - to the world wide standing of our British Brass Bands. This need not really be a moment of sadness but one of gratefulness for good men - who by their precept and dedication made occasions of the magnitude we are enjoying today possible for the generations which follow.
To me - as no doubt to many others in this vast assembly - there is a consciousness of the spirit of Frank Wright in all we do at the Royal Albert Hall today.
Whilst this majestic Festival endures - and let there be no question on that score - the spirit of Frank Wright will permeate - and make itself felt as the years ahead unfold. It can be given to few to have established so firm a hold over the hearts of the people, of every class and creed, with whon he worked and lived.
He was respected - trusted - and in a singular manner - was also beloved - by all who touched on his life - but above all he made it his aim to be a faithful servant of music.
Frank Wright was a man of integrity and no action of his brought discredit on himself - or on those with whom he associated.
With this great friend in mind - will you now join with me in singing - to the tune C'wm Rhondda - "Guide me O Thou Great Jehova".
Compere (At the close of the "moment of remembrance" Mr. Vaughan Morris will go across to standard mike for a brief presentation ceremony to Alex Mortimer)
20. Standard mike live
|COMPERE approx. 3.15 p.m.
"When the Adjudicators have finished their work - they will ring their bell to indicate that they are ready to leave their specially constructed enclosure - where they have been confined since 9.30 this morning."
21. Converge two spots on Loggia box no.l Entrance.
As adjudicators leave Loggia box no.l entrance - pick up with spot and follow tc platform - then spots out.
Compere - note: Wait for ringing of bell
"As I anticipated - the Adjudicators arc ready - e_nd they will now proceed to the platform - together with the locked Black, Box containing their decisions. The Black Box will be placed on the table provided for it - in full view of the audience of 8,000 gathered together in this vast hall. Mr. Vaughan Morris - the Administrator and Promoter of the National Brass B.rnd Cha.mpionsb.ips - will open the Box containing the Adjudicators' decisions and he will convey these to me for announcement to you.
He has Mr. Peter Wilson with him to check the details before I announce them to you".
Compere - wait at this point until adjudicators are seated on platforms
"Now I will introduce to you the Adjudicators who he.ve carried out the extremely exacting task today. Firstly - we were privileged to have -
Mr. Eric Ball
who is the composer of the origina.1 works set as the Test-Pieces for the Second Section and Youth Section of the National Finals today. Then we have -
Lt. Col. R. B. Bashford
Director of Music, Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall - a conductor and tutor of the highest repute.
To share their heavy responsibilities -we have another man of long and distinguished record in the realms of music - a gifted composer - arranger and conductor -
Dr. Havelock Nelson of Belfast.
Now for the secrets which the little Black Box contains. It has been opened and the sealed envelope it contains extracted -in full view of you all whilst I was speaking.
"I will announce the Awards in the order of - 4th Prize -3rd. Prize - 2nd Prize - and then 1st Prize - which, will denote the newly created Champion Band of Great Britain.
I will then announce the prizewinners in the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP in the order of 3rd Prize - 2nd Prize - and then 1st Prize - which will denote the 1971 WORLD CHAMPION.
Here are the Awards in the CHAMPION BAND OF GREAT BRITAIN NATIONAL FINALS.
The Fourth Prize - which is a cheque for £50 - has been won by ________________
The Third Prize - which is a cheque for £75 - has been won by ________________
The Second Prize - which is a cheque for £150 - has been won by _______________
The Band which now takes the title of THE CHAMPION BAND OF GREAT BRITAIN - and in so doing wins a cheque for £200 - and the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP CHALLENGE TROPHY - is _______________
Compere -pause for applause
"We now come to the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.
The Third Prize - which is a cheque for £50 - has been won by _______________
The Second Prize - which is a cheque for £100 - has been won by ______________
The BAND which now takes the title of the WORLD CHAMPION for 1971 - and in so DOING WINS A CHEQUE FOR £250 - and the WORLD CHAMPION CHALLENGE TRCPHY is _______________
23. At close of announcement of World
Champion - house lights up -when applause has died out.
24. Platform floods down.
25. (or as soon as rehearsal of Trumpeters has been completed.) Hall lights down (Compere - P.A. Mike off)
|(3.45 p.m. end of announcement of awards ceremony.)
4.10 p.m. (approx,)
END OF CONTEST PHASE OF PROCEEDINGS