The National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain 2007 3rd Section Champions!
In September 2007, Middleton Band Became 3rd Section National Champions of Great Britain.
The winning performance is captured on CD!
Here are some CD reviews and contest retrospectives:
“What we did get however was a fine performance from the Middleton Band conducted by Matthew Stringer in taking the Third Section title with a display of warmly balanced, technically secure playing on ‘Imperium’.” (4 BR CD Review)
“There was no place like Rome for Middleton on the weekend as under their new leader, promoted from the ranks, they took the Third Section title. “ (4BR)
“In the end it was the Middleton Band that came, saw and conquered (although we doubt if their young MD, Matthew Stringer shouted out the words ‘Veni, Vidi, Vici’ when he managed to grab hold of the National Challenge Cup outside the hall. It was also a victory based on good planning and execution, led by a talented young conductor.” (4BR)
“This was a well thought out performance full of good intentions and solid execution. It was one that was built to last as we said, with plenty of quality playing on show, especially from solo horn Emma Davies. The MD knew exactly just what his troops could and couldn’t achieve as well so there was no extra pressure put on them to try and play outside their capabilities. The result was a solid ensemble and well managed solo lines whilst the MD must take a great deal of credit for his sensible approach. The judges certainly liked it and put it in the lead – one they were never to relinquish. “(4BR)