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4th Place at the Fife Charities Brass Band Contest

The Band are delighted with the result at the Fife Charities Brass Band Contest held this year at the Adam Smith Theatre in Kirkaldy on the 29th September. From a field of fifteen bands, Dalkeith and Monktonhall came fourth overall and in so doing, beating a number of Championship section bands with our performance of the testpiece Ballet for Band by Joseph Horovitz, the march On the Quarterdeck by Kenneth Alford (March - 5th place overall) and Hymn In Perfect Peace by Kevin Norbury (Hymn - 5th place overall. We now look forward to the next major Contest - the Scottish Championships in Spring of 2019!

Mayfield and Easthouses Gala 2018

The Band were delighted to be asked once again to play in the annual Mayfield and Easthouses Gala. Setting off at the head of the Parade, the band were followed by so many wonderfully decorated floats and other vehicles, along with representatives from many local community groups. Despite mixed weather, the parade managed to arrive at the finishing point in the Part without getting too wet! A very short mini-Concert in the park rounded off the Band's afternoon of entertainment

Evening Concert, St. Mary's Church, Haddington

The Band were delighted to be able to host the first Concert of the year once again in the fantastic surrounding of Scotland's largest Church - St. Mary's, on Hardgate in the historic town of Haddington. This year, Haddington is celebrating its SeptCentenary receiving a charter granted by Robert the Bruce to the Scottish town in 1318, confirming its status as a Royal Burgh, and Haddington700 is a year of planned celebrations to mark the occasion.

Our Concert reflected this celebration with a trip through the musical ages, from early baroque to modern times. We were particularly delighted to have our Training Band with us, who played a number of pieces to start the second half of the programme, and who joined us for our Finale piece!

The 1318 charter is the oldest document cared for by East Lothian Archives and at the time it was granted, the town of Haddington had already been a burgh for 200 years. An older charter granted by King David I had been lost, and so the Bruce charter reconfirmed Haddington's right to hold a market and collect customs.

The charter, which with its accompanying seal has been conserved by National Records of Scotland, is written in Latin on vellum. It was kept by National Records of Scotland until 2012, when the John Gray Centre opened.

The Haddington 700 celebrations include Concerts like our own Brass Band night at St Marys, and exhibitions, school storytelling, archaeological geophysical surveys, as well as numerous events planned by more than 35 community groups including a film festival and art exhibitions.

2018 Scottish Championships Result

The Band spent the New Year working on the test piece for the Scottish Brass Band Championships. James Curnow's Brass Metamorphosis is a challenging work consisting of a theme and variations. Although quite complex to play, particularly for soloists around the band, we were very pleased with progress leading to the day of the Contest. Alas, it was not to be our year as the Band were placed 8th. Hopefully we have done sufficiently well to remain in the 1st Section for the forthcoming year, and we very much look forward to the challenges of future Contests in 2018!

Band Awards Night 2018

The Band's 2018 Awards Night was very entertaining with music, quiz and bingo to while away the time until the awards were announced! This year, Morven Findlay (Solo Horn) won the coveted "Player's Player of the Year" trophy, the Basses won the "Best Section" prize, Most Improved Player went to Paul Swan (Repiano), the "Bandsperson of the Year" was awarded to Michael Findlay for his great work in support of the Band in the past year, and The Chairman's Award went to our Treasurer, Craig Savage for his excellent back-of-house work.

Awards were also given to members of the Training Band. For the First Class, "Performance Awards" were won by Grace Millar, Anna Clark, John Neilson, Findlay Taylor, Duncan McWilliam Snow, Chris Neilson and Brodie Wallace, and the "Most improved Player" was awarded to Brodie Wallace.

For the Second Class, "Performance Awards" were won by Ben Neighbour, Andrew McWilliam Snow and Harvey Taylor. The "Most improved Player" was awarded to Ben Neighbour, and the "Bandsperson of the Year" was awarded to Harvey Taylor.

The "Adult Performances Awards" were won by Hugh Richards, Neill Robertson, Charlotte Taylor, Tim Neighbour and Walter Clark.

Congratulations to everyone on their individual and collective awards, and to their great contributions to excellent music-making within the two Bands!

2018 Scottish Championships Result

The Band spent the New Year working on the test piece for the Scottish Brass Band Championships. James Curnow's Brass Metamorphosis is a challenging work consisting of a theme and variations. Although quite complex to play, particularly for soloists around the band, we were very pleased with progress leading to the day of the Contest. Alas, it was not to be our year as the Band were placed 8th. Hopefully we have done sufficiently well to remain in the 1st Section for the forthcoming year, and we very much look forward to the challenges of future Contests in 2018!

2017 British Championships - Silverware for the Band as they secure 3rd place at Cheltenham!

The Band is stunned with its third-place result at the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, held in Cheltenham on the 16th September, Playing "Music of a Legacy" by Steven Ponsford. A great result reflecting a huge effort by all of the band, both in the time and dedication put into reheasals and also a massive commitment to help raise the necessary funds to make the trip possible. Special thanks goes to those who provided donations and organised sponsored events. You can hear our performance on the official Kapitol webiste by clicking on this link Dalkeith & Monktonhall Brass Band playing Music of a Legacy by Steven Ponsford, National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain 2017

2017 Scottish Championships - Band bounces back to the 1st Section!

The Band was delighted in its performance at the recent Scottish Brass Band Championships, which were once again held in Perth Concert Hall. A solid and musical performance of Dean Goffin's masterful "Rhapsody In Brass" secured second Place and an invitation to compete at the National Brass Band Championships in September of this year. The band are committed to making the journey south, and have already started on making the necessary arrangements, and thinking about fund-raising for the approximately £14,000 it will cost to take the Band to the event!