West of England Brass Band Festival - Bugle

West of England Brass Band Festival - Bugle




Thoughts of summer days, though well ahead, are always welcome, so the West of England Bandsmen’s Festival is pleased to announce during these darker days of winter the Test Pieces chosen for next summer’s Festival on June 16th.

Chosen as always to challenge the Bands with attractive music, thought is also given to ensure a pleasant listening experience to entertain the large audience which always attends this unique Open Air Festival.  

The emphasis this year is on music by Cornish composers and those with Cornish connections. Gareth Churcher and Christopher Bond are continuing to make an impact with their accessible, but still challenging new pieces, with an evergreen piece by the late Goff Richards always welcome. Several Salvation Army pieces make a welcome appearance, with Eric Ball, who had a very close connection with the Festival, providing the Championship Test Piece.     

95thWEST OF ENGLAND BANDSMEN’S FESTIVAL, Saturday 15th June 2019.                     



Journey into Freedom, Eric Ball. 

The Lord Bless You and Keep You, Nik & Emma Pears Arr. Paul Sharman         


Ad Undas – Gareth Churcher. 

March - Unconquered   Arthur W. Gullidge.


Corineus, Christopher Bond. 

March - Victors Acclaimed, Bramwell Coles. 


Olympus, Philip Harper.


A Saddleworth Festival Overture, Goff. Richards. 

YOUTH SECTION. Own Choice Test Piece.

TRAINING SECTION. Own Choice. (No more than 10 minutes)

Adjudicator GLYN WILLIAMS.

Prize money totals some £4000, with £1000 going to the winners of the Championship Section, as well as the prestigeous Royal Trophy, presented by the then Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall to the Festival in 1913. 

Well over 40 other Trophies are presented throughout the various Sections, including 12 special Soloists Awards, which are eagerly sought after by the Musicians. 


As a Summer Festival the Trustees are aware of the difficulty this can cause to Bands who would like to attend, but may have problems caused by player’s holidays and examinations for younger musicians in entering with a full Band. To assist with this potential problem the Rules have now been changed to allow a Band to include up to 5 Guest Players, subject to certain conditions to be found in the Festival Rules our Web Site, where full details of the Festival and Entry Forms can be found.   www.buglebandcontest.co.uk

Phillip Hunt, Publicity Officer, 01752 843919. 

Guitar Team Christmas Competition

Guitar Team Christmas Competition


This term, the guitar team ran a Christmas tune competition.  There were 3 categories where students of different levels were given the challenge to play one of three set pieces.  Out of all the entries, each guitar teacher was asked to submit what they felt was the best performance from their schools, and then from that we chose an overall winner for each category.

Jasmine won the level 3 category for her performance of "God rest ye Merry Gentlemen" on the classical guitar.  She's currently preparing to take her Grade 5 exam.

Pupils of the months!

Pupils of the months!

Cornwall Music Service Trust Pupil Of The Month Award (POTMA) - July, September and October 2018 Winners

Normally we would announce individual awards on a monthly basis but the competition has been so fierce that it has taken our panel a little while to decide on the previous 3 months awards. Excitingly, we have 3 announcements to make in this update on winners of POTMA for the past 3 months (August no award) and what a deserving trio of young musicians they are!

July 2018 - Henry Ellis

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Henry started his cornet playing at a very young age, being in the infants at his school. His teacher Claire Churcher tells us “Henry is a very enthusiastic learner, always really keen to show me his new favourite thing to play!”

Claire says “Henry took and passed his grade 1 whist in year 2 and only very recently took his grade 2 exam which I am sure he will pass with flying colours.”

Henry is a member of the St Keverne Youth band and within his first few weeks of joining he took part in the SWBBA championships at Torquay in which the Youth Band won their section.

September 2018 - Lucy Jadav

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Teacher Jane Whatley is delighted to tell us all about her winner, Lucy.

“Lucy impressed me so much over the summer term, preparing for the end-of-term music concert, in which she played two pieces as part of a band. She played the lead part for Havana and a flute duet for All of Me.”

Jane continued, saying “Lucy works tirelessly each week at home and is completely focused and engaged during lesson time. She picks up new concepts really quickly and makes rapid progress due to her commitment and dedication to practise”

October 2018 - Jenna Cowling

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Teacher Amanda Rice is delighted to be able to present her winner, Jenna Cowling.

“Jenna has been learning the bassoon since February 2018 and has made amazing progress. She’s passed her Bronze Music Medal with excellence before the summer. She is also a member of the next steps ensemble which she attends on a weekly basis and is developing a good ear for ensemble playing.”

Amanda also said, “Her commitment this term to both lessons and next steps has been brilliant and she is developing into a capable young musician.”

Gareth Churcher, Head of Service for CMST, commented “This trio of musicians typically demonstrates that there can be great achievement at the early stages of development. It is just as important to recognise and applaud this with musicians just embarking on their musical careers as it is with our more advanced instrumentalists. My sincere thanks goes to the staff who are so inspiring to these pupils as their enthusiasm and encouragement has a huge impact on their learning.”

CMST Autumn Term 2018 Newsletter

CMST Autumn Term 2018 Newsletter

Read all about the many events and activities that have taken place during the Autumn term 2018 by downloading our latest newsletter here.

CMST pupils' Festival Success

CMST pupils' Festival Success

Congratulations to Cornwall Music Service Trust pupils Holly C and Sophie W who recently won awards at the recent St Austell Music Festival.

Holly and Sophie receive a CMST award lesson at Penrice Academy. Well done!

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Dave Hankin Big Band in Concert in Launceston and Truro

Dave Hankin Big Band in Concert in Launceston and Truro

17 Brilliant Brass players (including 4 French Horns!) and rhythm section, performing fun swing arrangements of Christmas music (in the style of Michael Buble).

Please go and support them. We don’t get much opportunity to hear things like this, so please make every effort to go along.

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Cornwall Flute Festival 30 and 31 March 2019

Cornwall Flute Festival 30 and 31 March 2019

We are excited to announce details of the forthcoming Cornwall Flute Festival which will take place on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March 2019 at Truro School with special guests Goran Marcusson and Tim Carey.

An application form can be downloaded here with a PDF copy of the poster, below, available by clicking this link.

Closing date for applications is 1st February 2019.

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CMST Music Therapy Fundraising Campaign

CMST Music Therapy Fundraising Campaign

Cornwall Music Service Trust are fundraising to support Music Therapy. We need more money to deliver music therapy sessions to the people who need them most. Please support if you can by using Give As You Live to donate for FREE while you shop online or buy reusable gift cards for high street stores. You can also make a one-off donation. Please watch the video, below, from our Professional Lead for Music Therapy, Liz Eddy.


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A PDF version of the above poster with clickable links is available to download here.

Musician's Union and CMST produce a Guide to Forming a Music Service Trust

Musician's Union and CMST produce a Guide to Forming a Music Service Trust

The Musician’s Union has produced a booklet entitled ‘Guide to Forming a Music Service Trust’ which has been written by Cornwall Music Service Trust’s Head of Service, Gareth Churcher and Inclusion Manager, Steve Hawker. It contains detailed information covering a wide range of areas from contracts to administration and gives the historical context behind the formation of CMST.

The guide aims to give a positive vision for models of delivery for music services which maybe under threat of closure or for areas of the country where the axe has already fallen.

An electronic version of the guide is available to download here.