Super Showings at Slow Melody!

By: ChrisThompson - 05 December 2016

Young Lions wow in annual competition.

The future of Lions Youth Brass looks bright after a keenly-contested and high quality Slow Melody Competition, taking place on Sunday 4th December at Sandbach Boys School.

The Lions organisation were delighted to welcome the superb due of Glyn and Helen Williams - of the all-conquering Cory Band – to cast their musical ear over the proceedings as adjudicators. They undoubtedly had a tough time as the talented youngsters from Beginner, Junior and Youth Bands all did their best to impress.


Aside from the prizes for the individual sections it was Glyn and Helen’s job to pick winners for the prestigious James Gorse award, a shield that is presented to the player from each band that, in the adjudicators mind, has demonstrated great potential. This year the recipients were George Dean (Beginners), Thea Lee (Juniors) and Hannah Taylor (Youth) after all three put in sterling performances throughout the day.

To round off a wonderful day of youth music making the three bands then put on an evening concert for family and friends, where once again the organisation were lucky to benefit from the talents of Glyn and Helen. They both performed solos (‘A Candlelight Carol’ and ‘Away In A Manger’ respectively) to a captivated audience. In addition, the Beginners continued their tradition of performing their own original song – this year it was ‘I Can’t Wait’ – whilst the Junior Band channelled their inner ‘Cap’n Jack’ with a performance of Pirates of the Caribbean! Finally, all three bands came together in the traditional Lions Christmas Finale; 12 Days of Christmas and a knee-crunching ‘Snow Waltz!’

Lions Youth Brass Slow Melody Results

Beginner Band
8 Years and Under
1: George Dean
2: Isobel Brooks
3: Nathan Mahan

9 Years and Over
1: Isobel Jenkins
2: Marysia Mignon
3: Madison Dean

Junior Band
10 Years and Under

1: Callum Raynor
2: Olivia Taylor
3: Adam Dinnis

11 Years
1: Thomas Bishop
2: Elena Simpson
3: Toby Doorbar

12 Years and Over
1: Eliza Dakin
2: Adele Jones
3: Joe Marmont

Youth Band
13 Years and Under
1: Hannah Taylor
2: Kai Simpson
3: Bethany Harby

14 and 15 Years
1: Jamie Reid
2: Amy Hudson
3: Abbie Webb

16 Years and Over
1: Rhys Woollam
2: Emma Drew
3: Jake Fletcher

Open Section - Non Brass Instruments
1: Jamie Reid (Cello)
2: Craig Shaw (Piano)
3: Toby Doorbar (Guitar)

Beginner/Junior Groups Section
1: Emily and Alex Miles
2: Johnny Collett and Ryan Snelson
3: Melissa, Nancy Fletcher and Thea Lee

Youth Groups
1: Hannah Taylor and Bethany Harby
2: Tasha Brett, Emily Gibson, Abbie Webb and Daya Gill
3: Jake Fletcher, Anne Capewell, Ed and Oliver Shirvington

James Gorse Memorial Shield
Beginners: George Dean
Juniors: Thea Lee
Youth: Hannah Taylor