Seven movements of musical synaesthesia deliver variant wavelengths of the continuous spectral rainbow – red segueing into a languidly rhythmic ‘Orange’, a bright, brittle ‘Yellow’, a pastoral, flowing ‘Green’ and a playful, chilly ‘Blue’, the darkly playful 'Violet' waltz and a final dramatic and disturbing 'Indigo'. Spectrum was also scored for percussion instruments - this was the first time that this had been required at the championships, which were held in Manchester's Belle Vue in 1969.
Four of the 21 invited bands pulled out as they struggled to master its complexities, and of the 18 that competed on the day (on a stage in the King's Hall that had to be extended for the extra percussion instruments & players), it was Grimethorpe Colliery under the baton of George Thompson who lift the trophy for best Band in Great Britain. Carlton Main Frickley took 2nd place followed by Fairey Aviation. It had defeated World champions Brighouse & Rastrick and the defending UK champions, Black Dyke, both of which were placed far down the rankings.2022 has seen Spectrum performed once again across the UK, but this time by bands in the first section - an extraordinary challenge, but one which the best bands in every region have more than delivered upon.
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.
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!