Composition Competition Results

The South Brisbane Federal Band Composition Competition 2014 finished with a bang Saturday August 23, with a Gala Concert featuring the outstanding finalists of this year’s contest.

The band was in fine form and performed for an enthusiastic crowd at St Andrews Church in South Brisbane. This year’s competition was the most successful yet for the band, with a strong field of entrants, especially of young and up-and-coming composers.

Adjudicator Barrie Gott had his work cut out for him in separating a very strong field, but in the end chose a very deserving winner.

This year’s winner was Hannah Smith, a grade 12 student at West Moreton Anglican College, who entered her piece on the advice of her music teacher. ‘In Her Dreams’ gained her a much deserved first place, with beautiful melodies, strong ensemble arrangement and a maturity of sound that is amazing from such a young composer. Hannah also received the Robyn Young award for her piece, a prize reserved for an outstanding entrant under the age of 21. The band thoroughly enjoyed performing her piece, and we all look forward to big things in Hannah’s future.

Second place went to Nathan Bryant, a solo cornet player from the Feds. Nathan’s entry ‘Embers’ was a flugelhorn solo, which band President and Flugel player Shane Midgley made fine work of during the concert. The piece was extremely well received, and after votes were cast by the audience was also given the People’s Choice Award for 2014.

Third place went to another young composer, Henry Jeaffreson. Henry is a grade 11 student at Matthew Flinders Anglican College. Henry’s ability is well known in the Composition Competition, having received the Robyn Young award for his entry last year. ‘Fall of the Old World’ his 2014 entry was a major undertaking for both composer and band, and earned a well-deserved place on the podium for Henry.

This year’s finalist list was rounded out by Rondo for Brass Band by Peter Pagett, Nordic Hymn by Andrew Wrangell, Bedlam by Simon Miller, Festival of Westmac by Hannah Smith and 1912 March by Nathan Bryant.

The band wishes to congratulate all entrants and finalists for making Comp Comp 2014 a great success and would like to thank the Queensland Band Association and Metropolitan Bands Association for their generous support of the competition.

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