Camborne Town Band at the Royal Albert Hall for the 2010 National Finals
with Professional Conductor Richard Evans and MD Kevin MacKenzie
Click to hear 'The Cossack' by CTB
The famous Camborne Town Band emanates from an equally famous town with a mining and industrial heritage second to none. Once famous the world over, Camborne was the home of Richard Trevithick, Holman’s Engineering and the world-famous School of Mines.
The Band has an unrivalled contest record dating from the late 1800s; it is truly remarkable, unsurpassed by any other in Cornwall. It has been a local Championship band since its formation and on the National stage since the 1920s. Having won the National Second Section Championship in 1945 it was promoted to the Championship Section the following year – a position it has retained ever since, having been placed in the top six in the country on six occasions. In March 2009, it became West of England Champions for the 20th time. In 2010 it was 2nd and in October represented the region at the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain for the 39th time.
Its success at the West of England Bandsmen's Festival (Bugle Contest) since the first contest, in 1912, is remarkable. Perhaps the unique atmosphere of the event inspires the band; certainly the sound of "The Cossack" on the upward march is evocative. Check out the Contest Archive to see how often the band has won.
The band has performed on BBC Radio, BBC Television, at entertainment contests as well as local, regional and national contests and it is still at the top; competing with the best in the country. But brass banding is not just about contesting and this band performs to a consistently high standard whatever the event. And what events there have been over the years. From the 1,000 Cornish Male Voice extravaganza in 1983 to the Rotary Conference concert in Bournemouth. From the European tours of France and Holland to the Goff Richards’ celebration concert at the Hall for Cornwall in 2004.
Many famous players and conductors have been associated with the band; far too many to name in this brief history. Current Musical Director, Kevin Mackenzie, continues in the tradition of talented musicians who have led this band; men who have been aware of past glories while eager for current success
West of England Champions 2009 & Bugle Champions 2009, 2010 & 2011
Walters & Barbary
Camborne Town Band
of Camborne Town Band Steve Sykes
Camborne Town Band
Musical Director, Alan Pope, is a Cornishman and a Bard of the Cornish Gorsedd. He served in the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards and has travelled the world, playing in front of members of the Royal Family and Heads of State. He studied at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall under Professor Ian MacKintosh, and was awarded the Cousins Memorial Parchment for Exceptional Proficiency on the Cornet.
The Youth Band has existed for many years, but was at low ebb when Alan became Musical Director in 1999. Since then, his enthusiasm and commitment to encouraging and teaching young people, has ensured that the youth section has gone from strength to strength and developed to such an extent that it now has 108 members, 48 of whom play in the Youth Band.
Fortunately, there were some instruments available for loan to the young players, so they were able to start leaning music without the expense and commitment of buying a new instrument. The band is grateful for the support of a number of head-teachers in promoting music within their schools which has enabled the band to grow rapidly.
Camborne Youth Band at the 2009 National Youth Championships
Photo courtesy of R & P Photographic Services
Musical Director of Camborne Youth Band: Alan Pope
National Youth Championships 2008, RNCM
Photo by Nikki Stirzaker
Click play to hear 'Fanfare & Flourishes'
by CYB (from the CD, '10 Years On')
Camborne Youth Band
Camborne 'B' Band at the 2009 National Championships of Great Britain
at the International Conference Centre in Harrogate.
Camborne Brass was set up in 2002 by Musical Director, Alan Pope, as a stepping stone between Camborne Youth and Town Bands, with the aim to give the members with the interest, commitment and ability more experience in contesting and the best musical training.
Out of the 28 members of the band, 21 are members of the Youth Band, with the youngest being only 9 and the oldest 19. With the 7 older members, the average age of the band is still only twenty four. Camborne 'B' Band is therefore composed primarily of young people and a small proportion of adult players who help them progress further.
In March 2003, Camborne 'B' won the Fourth Section at the CBBA Championships in Truro. Later that year, they gained 3rd prize, out of 25 bands, in the Fourth Section at the West of England Regional Championships. The test piece, Lydian Pictures', was written by the young, local composer, Simon Dobson. This fantastic result qualified them for the National Finals and secured them promotion to the Third Section; a great achievement in such a short time! Dundee was the location of the Lower Section National Finals in September 2003 where the band achieved a very creditable 15th, out of 21 bands, at their first ever National competition.
In March 2005 the Band performed ‘Tam O’Shanter’s Ride’ by Denis Wright at the West of England Regional Championships in Torquay and gained an excellent 5th place out of 16. Although they didn’t qualify for the finals, the players were extremely pleased with the result. The following year they were again awarded 5th place, this time for their performance of Gilbert Vinter’s ‘Entertainments’.
2007 saw Camborne ‘B’ Band win two West of England Third Section titles. A performance of Darrol Barry's "Prelude and Jubilate" at the West of England Area led the band to 1st prize, qualifying them for the National Finals once again and securing promotion to the Second Section in 2008. Following a stylish performance of "Divertimento" by Bryan Kelly, the band also won their section at the West of England Bandsmen's Festival at Bugle in June. In September the band achieved a fantastic 4th place (out of 18) at the National Finals in Harrogate for an outstanding performance of "Imperium" by Bruce Fraser.
In only its seventh year, the band was promoted to the First Section (from 2010) after claiming victory in the Second Section of the 2009 West of England Championships, again qualifying for the National Finals in Harrogate where they gained an excellent 3rd place!
West of England 2nd Section Champions 2009 & Bugle 1st Section Champions 2010
National Youth Champions of Great Britain 2004...2005...2006...2007...2008...2009...2011