Buxton brass band third in UK contest

Members of Fairfield Band performing at the nationals. Photo contributed.
Members of Fairfield Band performing at the nationals. Photo contributed.

Buxton cornet, trombone and horn players have blown the competition away finishing third in a national brass band competition.

Fairfield Band, who became the Midlands area champions in March, triumphed at the Cheltenham championships at the weekend, taking bronze in their section.

Performing Narnia Suite for judges, the score from TV series the Chronicles of Narnia, it the first time the musicians have made the national finals since 2009.

Emma Thurlby, percussionist, said: “It has taken weeks of hard work and dedication from all the members of the band, our supporters and the conductor Charles Kitchen.

“We were the 18th out of 19 bands to perform on the day but we didn’t let it dampen our spirits. It’s an amazing achievement.”

She added: “The fundraising team worked tirelessly to raise over £5,000 to take the band to the competition and helped make sure it was a fun, free and enjoyable trip for the playing members.”

A spokesman from the band committee said: “I would like to thank everyone who has shown great support for the band and say a massive well done to all its players. Each one has shown great commitment in their own way making this a real team effort.”

Fairfield Band, which formed in 1865, will now be promoted from the fourth to the third section in the contest. They rehearse twice a week at the bandroom on Waterswallows Road on Sundays at 6pm and Wednesdays at 7.30pm.