Tingley band triumphant at contest

A resurgent Tingley Brass Band swept the boards at the Hardraw Scar Contest this month.

Making their first appearance at the event for 21 years Tingley took to the stage to present their concert programme to a packed audience, and enjoyed fine weather and an appreciative audience for their outdoor performance.

The musicians, conducted by Geoff Fowler, played their contest march Castell Coch, followed by an arrangement of the hymn Dear Lord and Father of Mankind. This was followed by a flugel horn solo, from the film Brassed Off, performed by band member Nena Bradford.

There was also a fun piece, which was based on the musical accompaniment to silent movies.

Their final item was the last movement from Gustav Holst’s Second Suite in F - Fantasia on the Dargason.

The competing bands then joined together got a massed performance of hymns and marches while the winners were being decided at the contest in Hardraw, near Hawes.

It was Tingley’s day as they scooped five trophies and a certificate. Competing in Section B, they were named best bass section, best solo, best hymn, best march and best band in their section.

Young Tingley baritone player Lawrence Sheard was awarded a special prize for young musicians.

Conductor Geoff Fowler said: “I was very pleased that we do so well, it was uplifting.”