See reactions and reviews for The Message. See reactions and reviews for Ceremony of Innocence. See reactions and reviews for In Time's Wake. See reactions and reviews for A Labour of Love. See reactions and reviews for The Beginning. See reactions and reviews for Visions. Highlights of the zine are a touching story called 'Ceremony of Innocence,' where Spock is forced to make a young lieutenant 'unworthy'; a stands-up-on-its-own-but-can't-wait-for-the-sequel is called 'In Some Strange Land' that deals with a nun from the eugenics time period and her encounter with Spock; and a to-be-continued story called 'In Fire and Ice' that has Spock in pon farr and bonded you guessed it!
Other stories in the zine differ in length and mood and are from such notables as Toni Cardinal-Price, Nancy Kippax, Barbara Storey, and others. All in all, 'Nome' is an excellent, well-rounded zine that will, at one point or another, touch all your emotions. And other than the fact that you have to wait until 'Nome 2' comes out to read the endings of some of the stories, this zine is a good buy.
Now, one year later, we have all experienced ST-TMP a multiple number of times some more than others And, in this particular case - yes - having is as pleasing a thing as wanting. Gene Roddenberry has been sensitive to the pulse of fandom , giving us a filmed STAR TREK which is true to itself, in a story which reflects many of the trends and moods of fan literature. The cast, especially Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner, have retained that certain, special "spark", out of which has evolved the "relationship" theme in fandom particularly the "sickbay scene", dubbed "July" in honor of the ST calendar — what more could we want, or should 'we say, expect, than that?
To they who made our dream come true Since NOME 2 does present many divergent points of view, we obviously can not, and do not, agree with all of them. We do, however, feel that well-written material on any subject deserves to be considered for publication, in accordance with our previously stated editorial policy. We hope you enjoy the issue, and look forward to your letters of comment. See reactions and reviews for Discovery. See reactions and reviews for If Living is Without You.
See reactions and reviews for Accident. See reactions and reviews for Where the Stallion Meets the Sun. See reactions and reviews for Corridors of the Mind. See reactions and reviews for Hour of Gold. See reactions and reviews for The Green Man. See reactions and reviews for One Indissoluable Unity. See reactions and reviews for Journey's End. See reactions and reviews for Legacy of Love. See reactions and reviews for The Days of Me and You. The stories are varied in theme and content The only constant is the standard of high quality.
There are strong female protagonists - Vicki Clark 's 'Sister Patty Wells' definitely not a Mary Sue ; she doesn't even like being aboard the Enterprise! That's only the major offerings. There are approximately fifteen stories of various lengths and, by my account, fifty poems I want to applaud three short pieces of fiction: And this is another wonderful thing about 'Nome' -- familiar names are entwined with those who are just beginning their journey into fan participation.
Controversy is present, too. The editors state this is their policy, and you are forewarned. Variety is 'Nome's' middle name. The half-tone covers are by Pat Stall. The editor's care and love for their zine is obvious. Selectric-typed with four different elements for emphasis, I found no typos apparent. Time and patience shows in the layout, graphics, and reproduction.
A reader can thumb through a zine and tells you it looks 'nice. As an editor, I compliment them on a professional job well done. Altogether, a fanzine worth every cent -- a joy to receive, digest, and appreciate. This is a huge zine, a full 26 oz. The best thing about 'Nome' 2 is that it doesn't limit itself to only one facet of fandom, but has something for everyone; it truly adheres to the concept of IDIC The stories range from those you could read to your child at bedtime to those that delve into the very special relationship between Kirk and Spock.
The zine contains so many fantastic stories that it is difficult to single any one story out. There are sad stories, happy stories and stories that make you grit your teeth, but I guarantee you that you won't be bored. Two of the really fine poems art worth a special word. And 'Over the Hill to the Poorhouse' is pure delight, especially for anyone who's skipped lunch and maybe dinner, too to buy 'just one more zine. Will Vulcan accept a seat on the Federation Council?
Both Vulcan and the Federation have chosen Spock as their official liaison. He is expected to give an unbiased, logical appraisal of both sides. But an unexpected diversion forces Spock to rethink his rigid position and leads him to a dangerous confrontation with the Vulcan Council. Due late summer For a Vulcan, tradition, ceremony, and silence are the things that hold life together. For a Human, those same things can tear a life apart. As many of you know, 'Nome 3' has been delayed for some time. When I originally set a deadline for it, I had ohopes that it would spur me on to finish it; instead, it had the opposite effect.
Knowing that so many of you are waiting for it --albeit patiently, has absolutely frozen me into a state of panic, and I have not been able to complete it. I think that some of you who are writers will understand the feeling. The only way I can take the pressure off myself is to postpone the novella indefinitely -- in effect, to strike Nome 3 from the records. We will continue with our regular issues I would like to apologize for the confusion and the long wait I have caused, and to thank fandom sincerely for its patience and understanding with my writing block.
The novel Broken Images by Beverly Sutherland was published in its stead, but not until There are probably still fans out there somewhere looking for what they think is the missing issue of Nome to complete their collection. Well, another year has passed, and you are now holding another issue of NOME in your hands.
For those of you who are wondering if we've forgotten how to count, or are wondering if you've missed something -- we haven't, and you haven't. We had intended to have NOME 3 out for FebCon , but due to the fact that it is not completed to Barbara's satisfaction, we have decided to delay publication until the spring, and to go ahead and publish NOME 4 in its stead. We apologize for the delay of "Till Hunan Voices Wake Us"; for those of you who wish to receive final information on this special edition, please send a SASE if you have not already done so and we will send it out to you as soon as it is ready.
Lately there has been an increasing number of people who neglect to send SASEs when requesting information, or sending submissions and unsolicited artwork. In the past we have answered these requests and absorbed the cost, but we are reaching a point where we can no longer do this. Editors with already large postage bills will bless you for your consideration. See reactions and reviews for Thataway. See reactions and reviews for Double or Nothing. See reactions and reviews for The Honesty's Too Much.
See reactions and reviews for The Parting. See reactions and reviews for Both Sides Now. See reactions and reviews for Spanish Moss. See reactions and reviews for A Measure of Innocence. See reactions and reviews for Day by Day. See reactions and reviews for And Ever Shall Be. NOME 4 is a handsome fanzine, starting with the trompe l'oeil [Gayle F] cover illustration of Kirk and 3pock in body armor that makes them look nude, and ending with a beautiful print job that enhances their professorial quality layout. For the gutsy, the cover illo is also available on a T-shirt. I feel sad that I can't be too excited in this review of NOME 4 because the editors obviously tried to put out a quality 'zine and, by my tastes, failed.
It is not sufficiently violent or sexually explicit to recommend it for shock value, and it is not sufficiently imaginative to recommend it for content. Most of the stories rework well-trodden ground, and additionally many of them are "downers". It shows promise, but it is "to be continued" in the next issue. Additionally, the interior artwork does not quite live up to the expectations aroused by the beautiful front cover. Because we do not wish to turn again We have chosen to take license with a quote of T.
Many of you may be aware that Paramount is filming a second Star Trek movie, in which Spock's fate is in jeopardy. Spock's death is unacceptable to us; it would tamper with the union of characters which is the essence of Star Trek, and the meaning of NOME. We urge you to write and let your opinion be known--it is not too late the latest information reports that multiple endings have been filmed, and a final decision has not yet been made. See reactions and reviews for A Mission's End.
See reactions and reviews for Homecoming. See reactions and reviews for Earthbound. See reactions and reviews for The Reason Why. See reactions and reviews for The Legend of the P'nari. See reactions and reviews for Silent Tears. See reactions and reviews for The Seed. See reactions and reviews for Fascination. See reactions and reviews for Windmills of the Mind. Since this theme they hold in common is the only real plot, making each piece more or less a vignette, they could have easily been combined. As it stands, one if left with the feeling that the next few stories, which also proceed along the official Roddenberry timeframe, are not real stories either, but a series of flashbacks that are superimposed on each other.
It is well up to the generally high quality of writing in this zine. They are so well handled that the reader is left wanting more. With a bit more conflict added to the story, this one would have been best of zine. The three or four other plot threads are not tied together well. In fact the whole thing reads like the author was trying to use up leftovers from her ideafile. A well thought out character study.
It is not completely clear whether the author felt this pair would be a total mismatch; she does hint at the end that the two will end up together, whether this will be good for the young woman or not. Readers should be aware that, with one noticeable exception, all the rest of the stories are mainly concerned with Kirk and Spock coming to realize the incredible depth of their feelings for each other.
Not that this is a bad thing, mind you, but reading over pages of it in a row can be emotionally draining. In this piece, Kirk and Spock go on a pilgrimage, become bondmates , and find they are going to be the next Vulcan messiahs. Fortunately, the story mostly focuses on Kirk and Spock learning to deal with their new bonding and increased powers. Some of the ideas presented here are quite intriguing. Joined with a good intelligent look at the difficulties that would be involved in meshing the lives and personalities of two such different people, it makes this story the best crafted in the zine, and so earns best of zine award.
This past year has been an eventful one for Star Trek fans, what with the advent of Star Trek: Just one last serious note before proceeding to happier items. For the first time since we began publishing NOME, we find ourselves deeply disappointed in a would-be contributor. This artist, who promised last fall to do our cover, has vanished -- we could not reach her by phone, nor did she respond to our two mail-grams.
Our striking cover is due to the kindness and generosity of Stefanie Hawks, a fine artist and good friend. We appreciate her last-minute help beyond measure; without it this issue would probably have been delayed several months. See reactions and reviews for This Simple Feeling. See reactions and reviews for And Never Parted. See reactions and reviews for Antinomy. See reactions and reviews for Rumor Has It. Justin Hayward " This quote expresses, to us, the theme of both NOME 6 and 7, where stories and poetry alike suggest the lost and the found.
Perhaps our contributors, as ourselves, needed to explore these concepts profoundly at this time -- NOME 6 being published the year following ST: TWOK's aftermath will or can be true. These are creative solutions before THE creative solution -- so to speak. Speaking of "And Never Parted" -- we're afraid that we were inadvertently misleading in our last editorial.
You see, we thought that Elwyn Conway's novella would end with this issue -- we were wrong! At this point, we're toying with the idea of publishing the remaining chapters and there are several as a special but, more on that anon See reactions and reviews for Truth's a Nail of Iron. See reactions and reviews for A Common Bond. See reactions and reviews for Mirror Afterthoughts.
See reactions and reviews for Silver and Gold. See reactions and reviews for Journey to the Day. See reactions and reviews for Remembering Will Have to Do. Yes, Elwyn Conway, I mean you - how can you be so cruel??
Hopefully all will be well in NOME Because we were so very pleased with Caren's work, we decided that the back cover should enhance it. Therefore, we departed from our usual practice of presenting an illo as end note, and chose instead a poem which mirrors her artwork. See reactions and reviews for Sound of Heartbeats.
See reactions and reviews for Fantasies. See reactions and reviews for In Trust. See reactions and reviews for Mirror Antagonists. See reactions and reviews for Mirror Antecedents. This is a huge zine: No wasted space either. Even the inside front and back covers have poetry as well as the back cover. I often pick up this chunk of a zine and flip through it. It's loaded with goodies. There is lots of poetry and art throughout the zine. Many of the poems are long, two or three pages in length, and are truly lovely.
Among my favorites are: Also, I like that most of the poems have accompanying art as the stories do. Today, most art is reserved for stories. Perhaps art was in abundance years ago? There is lots of great art by popular artists in fandom: As far as the stories go it's a mixed bag: I love "Journey to the Day part 2" by Merle Decker. Her art accompanies the story and is set during the five year mission as is "Fantasies" by Beverly Sutherland. There are two Mirror stories that are parts of a series that are intriguing, "Mirror Antagonists" and "Mirror Antecedents" both by Flora Poste.
So a bit of everything here. However many of these stories, as you can see, are parts of a series so that was a bit frustrating as I had not read the other parts. But I found I still enjoyed them anyway. When I first picked up this enormous issue almost unreduced pages I wasn't sure what to expect. Each story is complete by itself, gratefully. They explore their pasts and possible futures. This piece was well thought out and executed.
You will probably want to check out future stories in this series as they become available. We are dragged through, what seems to be, page after page of Kirk and Spock almost "getting together" only to have them thrown back to their feelings of guilt - anger - self hate - denial and then to have the passion build up again to the "touching point" then turn the page and we're back to the guilt - anger - self hate - denial. This was only Book One and Kirk and Spock still aren't together!
Some of the scenes are beautifully written with dialogue and characterization pretty true to form, however, I would suggest more editing in Book Two, unless the author is trying to torture us all by this emotional build up and let down! He then cleverly lures the real Kirk and Spock into viewing the film for themselves.
How he convinces them to go and what happens after they see the film make this story one I'll remember. Joanna Russ offers several essays for our consideration. NOME 8 was a pleasure to read and a zine that will be proud to be included in a zine collection. Could our heroes sort themselves out? More importantly, could they sort themselves out to our satisfaction? Well, there may be divided opinions on this fact but my feelings are, that with the conclusion as it is at the moment they're either fooling me, Elwyn Conway or themselves.
And I believe the latter. This would seem to be borne out by the fact the story ends with the elgend 'End of Book One'. Hell's bells - can tension mount any further you may ask. I once promised myself I would never jump on the 'Oh God', 'Oh Spock', 'Oh Jim' bandwagon, believing, as I still do, that such exclamations sound faintly ridiculous coming out of my heroes' mouths, however, I will amend my views a little; in the right hands they can work.
Elwyn Conway's are the right hands. Spock retreats like mad with such cryptic thoughts as ' My main worry is that 2 men with such little self knowledge, or at least self honesty, are left in charge of a very expensive starship but I can suspend disbelief just for the sheer enjoyment of the intensity of feeling portrayed. It seems that a monumental explosion is jsut around the corner. But dreams were never meant to be realised, they were meant for dreaming in unsullied perfection, aloof from harsh realities Pon farr raises its ugly head in Beverly Sutherland's "Fantasies".
What do you think McCoy would have done? Kirk is lucky enough to stop him - but it is luck; with that margin it couldn't be anything else. I have to say at this point that I get a little One point that really got under my skin was the assertion 'that these men who love each other aren't gay Russ doesn't mean to imply that to be homosexual is not to be masculine.
Another interesting remark is: Anyway, Joanna Russ's essay is sure to prove an excellent launching pad for heated debate. Kirk - via the Tantalus Field - is witness to a violent, destructive outburst by Spock. Yes, this is the Mirror Pon Farr. Kirk uses this apparent moment of weaknesses to extract, under torture, Spock's secret orders.
And regrets it later even though he will not admit it. An erotic dream finally sublimates the Plak Tow - with Kirk in the starring role - bringing with it the realisation that it is Kirk for whom Spock burns. Despite the handicap of having a reviewer who does not enthuse over Mirror stories, Flora Poste still, by her very skillful writing, managed to capture my interest; I cared about her characters, strange mixture though they were.
There are hints about how both characters might feel were their situations different: Kirk's lack of enthusiasm for his many sexual partners, his thought, before torturing the Vulcan that he would 'make an end now to any dreams he might have had about some different reality in which no such actions would have been necessary.
All the same this man is real, not some stereotyped sadist. Spock, now Kirk's adopted brother is himself prepared to leave. In addition to these 2 stories, Flora Poste has also submitted 3 rather good poems: Is this a record? All the same, where, let's say, Beverly Sutherland has the greater writing skill, Merle Decker has the better plot. And NOME 8 is. Written with Sutherland's usual fluent skill, this was without doubt my favorite among the NOME 8 offerings.
Each one stands well on its own, however, always a blessing when connected works are published piecemeal. However, it is also an example of the worst extremes to which this convention can be taken. Quite frankly, it goes on too long, as if the author were enjoying a wallow in frustration for its own sake—or is simply unable to write a resolution. That article is a commendable piece of scholarship that is worth the price of the 'zine alone. All of these uphold a very high standard, and deserve to be published in their whole.
In general, the serials or longer works outshine the shorter because the shorter form is more difficult. Perhaps that's over-reaction but it seems only fair to put the new reader in the picture. There's nothing to better it. Because of the nature of the past year and its events, this editorial will necessarily begin on a sad note. We would like to think that she is somehow a part of every issue of our zine, as she will always be a dear part of our lives. This issue of NOME features several pieces of work that require specific comment.
This she graciously agreed to do. We believe that, whether you've read the novel or not, you will enjoy their remarkable work. Suffice it to say that we, acting in a group with several other fans, are now in the process of trying to resolve its problems and expedite the situation in the least financially stressful way possible for fandom. Please watch for information as it becomes available in Universal Translator , Datazine , Not Tonight, Spock , etcetera.
See the the editors' remarks about And Never Parted. See reactions and reviews for Degrees. See reactions and reviews for Intermezzo. See reactions and reviews for Coming to Terms. See reactions and reviews for Mirror Allegiance. See reactions and reviews for Never and Always. I have always had very mixed feeling about COH. Some parts of it I liked, other parts I did not. But I think anyone can enjoy this lovely portfolio which provides clues to some of the scenes if one has never read COH. The poems and illos appear in the novel's plot sequence, and are accompanied by brief explanatory notes.
It's a shame these were never put into the novel. If the original plan was for COH to be printed the size it eventually was. They deserve to be shown full-size, not reduced compressed into a small page. They are all exqusite and Flora's poetry really sets them off. Really makes me want to get my hands on the whole thing. I am one of the fortunate who has read CoH. It's a wonderful piece of writing and Images complements it beautifully.
Naturally, they looked glorious. I'm very glad that Suzan's work is getting the circulation it deserves, as those illos were an inspiration to me and the first thing that showed a reader would get out of COH the feeling I was trying so hard to put in. Now I can say the same for Flora's poems. I'm as apprehensive as any author about people's interpretation of my work, but Flora was right on, and in at least two places-"The Galhawk" and "Renewal"-she came up with insights I certainly wish I had had! Of course, all the zine, as usual, is very attractively presented.
I'm not saying these aren't valid topics for fiction, but for me, now, they're downers; I hope that fun, zest, and hope aren't the exclusive property of the young. Maybe it's just that I'm not new to the genre any more, but Grandmaw wants to know "Whar's the sense of wonder? I guess nothing is ever going to be as exciting to me as those first "first-timer" stories, now it's getting down to-as my married friend said in a delightful Freudian slip-"the same old sex.
What I would like to read is what maybe five of the top editors see as the evolution of themes in fanzines and fan writing. What's it all about, what are we doing writing and reading this stuff, what's changing, and how come? I was somewhat disappointed in NOME 9. In short, the zine lacked tenderness and affection.
Emotionally, over all, it was numb and flat. I am not particularly knowledgeable on either art or poetry, but I was very moved by both. I have not yet read COH, but am more determined than ever to find a copy. Despite my feelings on this particular issue of NOME. I'm still convinced that you are a class act and hope to see many more issues in the future. This issue of our beloved and venerable NOME is a monster, guys. At pages, after you've read it, it will make an excellent doorstop. Flora Poste's sonnets enhance them beautifully.
A beautiful story, well-written. Janna gives Saavik some well-deserved new dimensions here; I enjoyed a chance to get to know her better! I don't know -- I kept nodding off sorry, Flora, it's not your writing. Since I am not a mirror universe aficionado, I must disqualify myself from an opinion on this one. I don't remember the beginning it was too long ago , and the end doesn't seem to be in sight. So the present is all there is to. BOY, is it ever different! The Pollyanna's among you probably won't like the ending worth a insert colorful metaphor of your choice , but it's perfect for the story.
I don't remember the beginning of this one either, but in this case it doesn't matter Because when it's finished if it ever is I'm going to gather it together into one pile and read it again — then use IT for a doorstop. As you invite comment about NOMEs practice of printing what seems to be limitless episodes of interminable serials. I thought I would let you know what this reader thinks. For the first time since I began reading zines, I didn't order the new NOME and a summer without it seemed curiously incomplete. Still, knowing the new one consisted mainly of a death story, more Mirror meanderings and still more Elwyn Conway, made it seem my money would be better spent elsewhere.
I think this work contains some of the best Trek poetry I've ever read and while standing on its own merits, the whole adds greatly to my enjoyment of Ferguson's novel. But I didn't have S23 to spend on 70 pages, much as I would have liked to have it. As for Elwyn Conway, let me begin by saying I think she can be a marvelous writer, especially when the characters stop thinking and start acting. She has the ability to describe landscape and action in a way few zine writers have and I admire and enjoy much of the things that have happened in 'Never and Always".
The canyon flypast with Kirk at the stick and the film crew egging him on; that marvelously awful "personality" the Enterprise is stuck with transporting; there is so much that is a delight. It is only when the inevitable point in each installment arrives where Kirk and Spock, either singly or together, go broody I keep hens and I know what I'm talking about and the pages fill up with internalizing that the whole story drops dead in its tracks.
As someone else has already said: As a dramatic device, all this introspection has its limitations and by this time. I know that once K or S starts "thinking," nothing more will happen. Here again, just like Flora's Mirror protagonists. I'm not sure who qualifies for the indecisiveness prize here but I wouldn't put either of them in charge of anything I valued! I do agree Ms. Conway is absolutely right to tell her story the way she wants to; I just wish it didn't have to be in annual installments in what was once a well-edited, varied and exciting annual story collection.
Is there no possibility of separate publication of, say, or page installments? We'd really like to know what you think. Is it possible that the one was a natural outgrowth of the other? We decided to see! We'll print it here, and in NOME 11, on a trial basis. If it appears to work -- and by that we mean stimulate interest in discussion and analysis of fan writing—we'll continue the feature. See reactions and reviews for Sea Change. See reactions and reviews for One More Door.
See reactions and reviews for An Easier Time. See reactions and reviews for Touching and Touched. See reactions and reviews for Ampersand. Like most artists, I scan the art first, Caren Parnes is always outstanding. And her work for this issue is no exception. Chris Soto is one of my favorites, and her illo of Kirk and Spock in the mind meld p. I didn't care too much for Elwyn Conway's artwork, but you can't have everything. And Suzan Lovett's style is always intriguing. I love the way she gives her illos a different perspective.
This is one of the most interesting issues of the series. It contains six good length stories plus poetry and art. As you can see Nome gave me many a bone to worry over and I recommend it for that reason and because it is a good read. Mingled with that was a very insightful glimpse of the sort of pressure the Mirror universe would cause in even the most strong-willed of men. Suzan Lovett's illos added very well to the story—one minor quibble though. Did I miss something? And not to be fussy or anything, but why the different costume for the characters in succeeding illos if they are not supposed to be separated in time?
Oh, well—beautiful illos anyway. Both of Michele Arvizu's stories were great. I rather enjoy a "vulnerable" Spock and she does him very well. I found that the close plot resemblance of "Sea Change" and "An Easier Time" detracted from my first enjoyment of "An Easier Time" even with the careful placement of a non-ST IV story in between , but I found if I read the stories separately, each stood up very well to an ideal reconciliation.
I won't rave on — except to say that this was an excellent 'zine with nary a bad story in it. All I can say is I wait intently to find out what happens in 'Aftermath. I'd like to know when you expect NOME 11 will be available I can hardly wait. You've made a believer out of me. Thank you for NOME Until vary recently I was a bookstore casualty.
I devoured mainstream ST, searching for every moment of closeness or friendship between our two heroes. I really didn't know what I was looking for specifically, but I knew I wasn't getting it. About six months ago, I bought my first zine of any kind. I was instantly hooked. After a while, even though some of the stories dealt with a much deeper friendship than I had ever seen before, it wasn't enough.
She want on to explain the premise of Kirk and Spock as lovers. She was right, that wasn't what I meant I thought it over and found that the idea appealed to me …a lot! It just didn't seem like such a large step from the relationship I saw to one of lovers. I had a little trouble believing that Spock would tell Uhura about "the kiss" in "Ampersand. A bit of comment. I have to admit that sometimes I get impatient for the story both of them, actually to progress, but I would feel it extremely impertinent to tell them to hurry up.
Besides, if they did that, who'd take their place when they'd finished? I'm enjoying both series far too much to wish them ended. I would like to say, very sincerely, that among the two or three hundred Star Trek volumes I have, NOME ranks, as a aeries, the highest. Your stories are consistently good, and your poems often superb. Prozines that come out every month can break up a long work into installments with cliffhanger endings, and thus increase or ensure circulation volume as people, try to collect all the installments.
ST 'zines that come out once a year can't do it exactly the same way, but it can be done. In craft, imagination, art. But that doesn't mean I couldn't dissect it under a microscope and enjoy pointing out where it could benefit from improvement. However, I want you to realize that what you have achieved is far more impressive and far more important than what you've failed, so far, to achieve. NOME makes me confident in the future of the literary field. NOME 10 was an excellent issue.
They both had a unique feel to them. And after loathing Elwyn Conway's earlier part of the series, the last two sections were quite enjoyable. She seemed to get past her more masochistic pleasures. You-all always do a quality zine. Then I started to read it, and it became more so. The poetry, graphics, and artwork separate and enhance in a comfortable, pleasant manner, allowing me to glide from one story to the next with an easy transition. In fact, all of the art in the zine was wonderful. The only fault I found in the zine was too much heavy seriousness—if there had been even one "light" piece, the contrast would have made the read even better; to me at least.
And while some zines err on the side of too many sex scenes, I feel the reverse about this zine. So on the whole this was a very worth-while zine—I'm glad I got it. The minor characters, except for Chapel don't seem to be handled as authoritatively as the major ones have been, but that may be either a a matter of space, or b a simple disagreement about who they really are.
Chapel was quite believable—not likable, but believable. If you do put it out, though, wouldn't it be better to put the whole saga in, not omitting what's in NOME NOME is celebrating its tenth edition and its creators believe this to be their best collection of works yet. Having read Nome for ages, I have some reservations about their glee. We all want our moneys' worth, but I prefer a wide selection of short-short stories with one or two longies thrown in to make a balanced zine; a few well placed poems and lots and lots of art work - the juicier the better.
NOME 10 is a lengthy zine all right, but the balance is off. Most of the stories - of which there are six - average 50 pages and one is over pages long. The writing is by and large very readable, but more brevity and in some cases clarity is in order. The covers also serve to foreshadow the contents of the zine; a mixture of episode stories and post-movie writings. In her story, the author grapples with issues like Gillian's adjustment into the 23rd century and also the whales adjustment.
Spock finds his answers about his relationship with Kirk through self -examination engineered by the whales. Storey also must be credited with some fine research into whale and dolphin behavior and the existing facilities for their study today - not only was the tale enjoyable to read, but if you are not careful, you may actually learn something to add to your cocktail rhetoric. The illos for this one are fail, but the one depicting an ancient Vulcan piece that Spock and Uhura discuss is a disappointment and would have been better simply left out as the image was well drawn by the author's words.
Speaking of art, there is one piece worth a good long look. During his stay of around 18 months Bob has proved himself a valued member of the Hull-based band and a big character who will be missed. A further change in his work and personal circumstances made such a resolution impossible. We wish Bob and Martina all the best for the future. The Hull-based band has confirmed its debut appearance in the highly prestigious Brass In Concert competition at the iconic The Sage in Gateshead on November The event, which attracts banding fans from all over the country, and many from abroad, is pre-drawn and the EYMS Band will take to the stage third to deliver its minute programme of sound and vision.
It brings us a lot of kudos and is a testament to our musicianship and burgeoning reputation in the world of entertainment. We will be proud to represent Hull at The Sage and help to further put the city on the musical map as its rolls ever nearer to the City of Culture celebrations in Bands are judged on their musical and technical ability, concert content and its entertainment value. As well as the main title, there are a plethora of awards for sections and individual players. EYMS has built up a fine reputation for its ability to entertain its audience with a high class of musicianship having won the Bolsover Festival of Brass in and , and the Kippax Entertainment Contest in and They were third overall in at the contest, which has the richest prize fund in the banding world.
Please visit our engagements page to view other opportunities to hear the award winning East Yorkshire Motor Services Band. EYMS performed at the hall last year after a lengthy absence in Beverley and the response has encouraged the band to return this year. This final qualifying competition for the British Open sees twenty of the country's best bands competing for two invitations to Birmingham's Symphony Hall in September , to take their place amongst the banding elite in the British Open.
Drawn to play in the dreaded number one spot, the band gave a performance that set the bar high, but ultimately not high enough. However the final placing amongst the company of the other bands - whilst disappointing - is still one along with the performance to be proud of.
The live 4barsrest commentary for the our performance read as follows: Some tentative sounds as the atmosphere takes time to settle. Solo entries are decidedly mixed in quality but the changing atmospheres are well captured and flugel does well. There are ragged entries along the way but excellent cadenza from solo trombone. It's so difficult to create warmth in the dryness of this acoustic. Good Con Fuoco which has venom and the transitions are well handled. Builds well and there is now a sense of momentum about the performance that has taken time to come to life.
The shifting sands lead us into a slightly nervous Tranquillo and although the Largo builds to a bracing final flourish this was a performance that didn't quite ignite this morning. An unsettled opening account from EYMS and one that demonstrates just how tough the bands are going to fine this piece today. To visit the 4barsrest website please click here. The two adjudicators the composer Stephen Roberts along with Rob Wiffen had the following to say about our performance: Just a little untidy at C and somewhat over drawn out into D. D flows well, but slows too much before F and loses momentum.
At F the solos seem very stretched but it has pleasing grace if not quite the clarity it might. H is energetic and pleasing solos at I.
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Solo cornet is confident and good solo trombone. Good solo tuba and trombone. Slight slip from Solo horn and some hesitation in the pianissimo section in cornets It's tough!!! Good crescendo in Tenuto, some lack of control into DD but a convincing close. There were a few places where some detail was lacking and a few little slips but overall this was very enjoyable. Good start and nicely judged textures at A - fortes could be more prominent. Bars 32 - 34 watch watch length of minims. D a little fast and scrambled - but then slower before F why so rubato?
Trombone good - a little sharp. H just a little untidy. I just wonder whether some of these tempo fluctuations are too liberal. Well done solo cornet. J - intonation not good in chords and again at N Timpani too loud and rhythm not secure. Euphoniums secure - not always in tune. Bar not quite and not hearing crescendo. R - a little splashy. T neat detail well done good tuned percussion - just splits at U. V - W all okay - not completely tight. Lower cornet detail lost at X.
A few odd splashes but pretty secure through Y. AA - again chords a little out. Bar Tuned percussion not quite. Bar not quite solo horn. Occasionally we need more middle to build the sound on. Bar a little edgy. The final positions are as follows: The solo prize was won by Brett Baker, the solo trombonist with the Woodfalls Band. Band still in top twenty 11th May With the latest favourites announced by All Brass Radio, the band has just continued to maintain a position in the top 20 - Cry Me A River arranged by the band's musical director is in 20th place.
To listen to All Brass Band Radio, please visit their website and of course please vote for tracks that you enjoy - especially those performed by the East Yorkshire Motor Services Band. The concert has now become a regular fixture in Hessle and a full house is expected. It all adds up to a must-see show for the band, which formed in and quickly achieved a status which sees them today competing in the same sphere as bands with more illustrious history. EYMS, the four-time North of England champions and regular national finalists at the Royal Albert Hall, are currently preparing for the important Grand Shield contest at Blackpool in May, a feeder for the British Open, the oldest and arguably top contest in the world.
Any remaining tickets will be available on the door. Band hits the charts 16th April Since the end of , the online radio station All Brass Band Radio has added a new feature to allow listeners to vote on the popularity of each track played. Finally so far , March saw the re-appearance of Skyfall at number 12, with the Old Rugged Cross at All of these tracks are from last year's CD recording The Old Rugged Cross, details of which may be found by following this link.
To listen to All Brass Band Radio, please visit their website. This was the first time for some thirty years that this event hadn't been held in the Dolphin Centre, Darlington, and all agreed that the move was a positive one. Not only was this a purpose built theatre, but a warm up room was provided - a complete contrast to the previous sports hall and no provision to warm up.
Drawn to play number one out of nine, the adjudicator Paul Cosh had the following to say about our performance: Some clips horn good trombone. Good tempo but some untidy playing after All moves well if a little frantic. Eb bass and Euph low pedal? Detail is all heard around , could be quieter mp!! Good tuning at sensitive playing in the Andante Sciolto well managed little clip at I like the open soprano. Some music making happening Very good. Brave and good cornet. A well managed crescendo to Last chord not quite in tune or balanced. However a very good performance that took a while to get going.
Some fine solo playing and very musical. Unfortunately, the performance wasn't good enough to be awarded one of the two qualification places for the National Finals. The following individual prizes were awarded by the adjudicator: Reg Vardy Best Percussion: Parking is available in the St Stephens Centre car park. Brief cadenzas for solo tuba and euphonium follow, and lead to the second variation, a slow episode involving a harmonic background which Eric Ball used in A Kensington Concerto and his Salvationist tone poem, The Eternal Presence.
After a warm climax we arrive at the third variation, an animated, scherzo-like episode which is brought to a sudden cessation as we enter the fourth variation, Andante e sciolto molto fairly slowly with much freedom which involves a romantic melody for a solo cornet developed by the full band at pianissimo level. Whilst a difficult piece to play, it is a piece that appeals to the listener and unlike many modern compositions, has tunes that are both memorable and whistle-able. We hope that you will be able to join the band on this evening as we build up towards our appearance at the North of England 'Area' contest.
There are nine bands competing in the championship section on Sunday and although this is a small field compared to some regions, it is still a highly competitive one. Further details and results will appear on the band website after the weekend. The three prize winners are as follows: Weir, Kingston upon Hull Ticket No. Thank you to all the people that bought tickets in this draw and supported the band by doing so. The band, which this year again competed at the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall, with musical director Alan Morrison, aims to roll out the Christmas spirit with a warming mixture of traditional carols and festive favourites, featuring classy soloists on the way.
If any remain for what is usually a popular event, they will also be available on the door. On Wednesday, December 10, at 7. Farther afield, on Saturday, December 20, the band performs at the Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough, in its first festive appearance at the venue following on from our successful spring concerts, and already tickets are already being sold at a rapid rate. Tickets for this event can be purchased at the box office or by visiting the website www. Again, this has always been a well-attended concert so it is advisable to book first. Lest We Forget - A musical tribute.
A Remembrance Concert to honour those who fought and gave their lives in the First World War is to take place in Scunthorpe in November. The first half will feature a selection of music performed by the top Hull-based band and will showcase some of its highly-rated soloists.
The second half will be opened by the band before a drumming display by the Air Cadets. The band will then play a finale followed by the National Anthem. Come along and blow. The East Yorkshire Motor Services Brass Band invites brass and percussion players to come and join us and sit in for a rehearsal under the direction of our Musical Director, the renowned cornet player and Chairman of the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators, Alan Morrison.
This is a great opportunity to meet the players and to see what it is like to play in a Championship Section brass band. Parents, family and friends are very welcome to come and listen. Bring your instruments and come for a blow. We look forward to seeing you. The rehearsal starts at 7. Please contact the band if you require any further details - our contact details may be found by following the link to our contact page. Experienced BBb bass player Mark Wilkinson has signed for the Hull-based band and will make his bow at the showpiece in South Kensington.
The public rehearsal, with free admission, will take place at the Albemarle Music Centre on Ferensway, Hull, from 7. Mark has now made the move permanent, filling the vacancy which arose when Steve Gibson had to step down for family reasons. They are a great bunch of people and I've always really enjoyed being a part of the music they make on stage. Here's to many years of the same. Meanwhile, Lars, who plays with the Molde Brass Band, has come in for Kevin Donaldson, who has had to pull out of the contest because of work difficulties. Lars also is no stranger to top-end banding, having occupied the soprano seat for 10 years with the Manger Musikklag Band, and is a regular stand-up soloist for Molde.
His arrival for the contest renews a link between Molde and EYMS, front bench cornet player Jorgen Brecke having also flown over in to help the band at the areas that year. World-class brass - all for free. The band has started an intense period of rehearsals for the showpiece competition, which takes place at the iconic London building on Saturday, October And as part of the run-up to the big day, the band and musical director Alan Morrison is to give an open rehearsal on the set work for the contest, The Legend of King Arthur, by Peter Meechan.
The work is around 16 minutes long and, as well as the regulation 25 brass players, there are busy parts for four percussionists, featuring, among other instruments, marimba, tubular bells and vibraphone. The band is really engaging with the piece, which is very listenable, and we look forward to sharing this music with our regular followers and hopefully lots of new friends too. The Legend of King Arthur is a musical portrayal of some of the most important moments in the legend, from his ascension to the throne by pulling the sword from the stone, his courageous battles with his fellow Knights of the Round Table, to his ultimately tragic love for Guinevere.
Strangely, for such an essentially English story, the work was commissioned in by Michael Bach and Brass Band B u rgermusik Luzern of Switzerland, to whom the work is dedicated. The National Finals line-up for the Royal Albert Hall is one of the strongest for many years, including 16 qualifiers from eight regions, including Scotland and Wales, and four pre-qualifiers.
Luzern musical director Bach is one of the adjudicators, along with Derek Broadbent and Stephen Roberts, who will have their work cut out in trying to find a winner. EYMS, formed in , has now qualified for 13 National Finals since achieving championship section status and has been North of England champions four times since Following on from yesterday's appearance on Radio Humberside, the band is now featuring on the internet radio station All Brass Bands Radio.
This station provides a twenty-four brass band constantly changing play list which will include tracks from the band's recently recorded CD 'The Old Rugged Cross'. To visit this online station please follow this link. The programme starts at 9am and band chairman Tony Newiss and media officer Simon Blow will be interviewed at some point during the morning.
It is also hoped that as part of the feature and interview, music from the band's latest CD recording will be broadcast. The programme will be available to listen to online for seven days after the broadcast by following the link to BBC Radio Devon. In part five of the series, which airs at 8pm, the cameras take in the annual Big Bus Day at the Streetlife Museum in the city, which the band plays at each year.
As part of the festivities, the band is seen in action, and the lens settles on some of the players. In one of the most enduring collaborations in modern-day banding, the company this year celebrates 22 years of sponsoring the band, which changed to its current name from the City of Hull Band in to recognise the support from the EYMS Group.
The band is no stranger to television having been exposed to a global live Sky audience when it played the national anthems and other patriotic music before England defeated New Zealand in the Rugby League Four Nations series at the KC Stadium in Hull in It is expected that the title track from the new disc will be featured on the Thursday, September 4, edition. For the second year running there was a three-way tie for the Players' Player of the Year, awarded after a secret ballot, with principal cornet Neil Day, flugel star Kathy Newiss and bumper-up Bradley Hanson sharing the prize.
Bradley was also in the winning trio last year. Again for a second successive year, the President's Award for Outstanding Contribution went to chairman and front row solo cornet player Tony Newiss. This award is also decided by a secret ballot of the band's membership. Alex is shortly heading to the Royal Northern College of Music to continue his musical studies, so the band is looking for a tuned percussionist to take his place. All of the awards were presented during the band's recent concert in the Memorial Hall, Beverley.
David Hirst, the conductor, adjudicator and former Soprano Cornet with Black Dyke, has taken up playing again and becomes the new assistant principal cornet to top man Neil Day. Band Chairman Tony Newiss completes the solo cornet row. Elsewhere, Lee Durrant comes in on 2nd baritone to renew a partnership with solo baritone player Bob Morton, a pairing for many years previously with the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band.
Stuart Clarke, the former Ransomes player is the new EYMS bass trombonist, taking over from the long-serving Alistair Shipman, who has stepped down to concentrate on conducting. Meanwhile, the band is currently looking to appoint a BBb bass player to replace Steve Gibson, who leaves this summer for family reasons, and two tuned percussionists to take the place of Alex Smith, who heads off to the Royal Northern College of Music in September, and Siobhan Shay, also bound for university.
Following on from their success at the North of England Brass band Championships, the band were straight into rehearsals to prepare for an appearance in the final qualifying competition for the world famous British open Contest. Only a handful of the current band line up have played at the Open and always with other bands, as the EYMS Band have never qualified for this prestigious contest. On Saturday 26th April the band headed for Blackpool for this year's qualifier - last year the band were promoted from the Senior Cup into the Grand Shield and whilst claiming one of the two Open qualifying places was always the aim, we were determined to remain at this level of contesting, after several years of yo-yoing between the two events.
This years event was one of the strongest line ups for many years and once the dust had settled the band were pleased with their final placing of 8th. Flowers Paul Holland - 13 2. Hammonds Saltaire Morgan Griffiths - 56 3. Whitburn Ian Porthouse - 16 4. Reg Vardy Stephen Roberts - 24 5. Tongwynlais Temperance Jeremy Wise - 12 6. Rothwell Temperance David Roberts - 26 7.
Marsden Silver Glyn Williams - 27 8. Thoresby Colliery Brian Grant - 46 Woodfalls Dr Nicholas Childs - 18 Northop Silver Thomas Wyss - 32 Burry Port Nigel Seaman - 21 Aldbourne David Johnson - 31 Redbridge Alan Duguid - 47 Newstead Brass Duncan Beckley - 71 Jaguar Land Rover Dave Lea - The two adjudicators had the following to say regarding the band's performance: Excellent start - atmosphere created.
Allegro , Neat and cohesive, the music dances along just as it should. I All goes well, Trombones fine, I could take a little more in fact, however, the standard is high. O Again very expressive from Solo Cornet loyally supported by band - just the odd bumpy moment. Q Very artistic from Euphonium - but again not without flaw. The Devil's Grave good atmosphere and drama. A very good performance but not without flaws to be taken into account.
An effective opening creating the right atmosphere. Solo Horn plays in good taste. A little nervy on the second entry. Allegro Well detailed moments ensue to B Good upper Cornets - and all detail is heard - not quite to D - 4. Then you settle again - and build well to E. Bold Soprano and you drive to F. Not quite as one to open - but you settle. Solo Cornet is in fine form and plays in good style. G Baritones confidently done. Approach to H feels a shade uncomfortable.
H Trombone joins the mixture - this works well. I Trombones good playing in this ensemble - and the ensemble is balanced. Much detail is heard as you progress to L. Trombones not the neatest this time. Accelerando builds well to N. Horn a slight mishap. Euphonium doesn't quite come off in the ritardando. O Pleasing Solo Cornet - nicely supported by all. Tasteful, musical approach in this section. Q Euphonium - just a shade uncomfortable in one or two places - a pity. R I do hear the detail - this drives on. Sostenuto - controlled and powerful. Build to Devil's Grave - fine. S Cornet plays with taste - nicely supported by all.
Forte - a god ensemble sound is heard - watch those little mispitches - they distract. Vivace A drive for home and you conclude in good style. A performance of many fine things - but those blips and scratches appeared too often. Thank you very much indeed. And the big honour for the band, in its 25 th year, was achieved in its th contest on Sunday, the North of England area qualifying contest for the National Finals.
EYMS successfully emerged from a pack of eight bands at Darlington to take their place in what will be one of the strongest Royal Albert Hall finals for years. All the qualifying bands in eight regions were required at play St Magnus, by Kenneth Downie, a set of variations based on the well-known hymn tune, reckoned to be the hardest area test piece for years. The test for London is expected to be announced next month. It means the Hull-based band, formed in , and four times the North of England champions, will be appearing in the Nationals Finals at the Royal Albert Hall for the 13 th time in its relatively short history.
The success is the latest in a solid set of contest results which has seen the band achieve a ranking of 29 in the world and 16 in Britain, helped in no small measure by backing for 22 years from the East Yorkshire Motor Services Group, one of the most enduring sponsorships in brass banding. Before the London showpiece, the band travels to Blackpool next month to take part in the Grand Shield, the feeder competition for the British Open, probably the most prestigious contest on the planet. As part of a busy April, the band also expects to release its first CD for seven years, as well as presenting a concert at the Central Hall Grimsby on Saturday 12th April.
Area Contest - The Adjudicator Writes. Adjudicator David Hirst had the following to say about the band's performance at yesterday's North of England Brass Band Championships: Confident opening but not quite tidy into A. B not quite tidy but recovers into C and closes well. F This settles well and there are some really musical moments.
G Good solo lines - Soprano mezzo forte? Well managed into H. Some uneasy intonation into I. I Good tempo and neat playing 0 but just a little untidy from N. But good approach to O. Nice here - just the odd blemish - well done Solo Cornet. U Good neat playing. X Intonation on C's.
Good approach to Z. AA Good technique here and convincing ending. A well directed performance full of merit. There were some untidy moments and elements of intonation. The city-based band and its musical director Alan Morrison are to give a public airing to the Kenneth Downie work St Magnus, a minute work based on the hymn tune of the same name. St Magnus is the set test for the eight regional contests leading to qualification for the finals of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain in October.
The open rehearsal will take place at the Albemarle Music Centre, on Ferensway, Hull, starting at 8pm. We began rehearsing St Magnus around the beginning of February during a particularly busy time when we also prepared to record a CD and made ready for concerts. But in the last fortnight we have focussed all our energies on the test piece and in this last week the band meets on five nights in an effort to put on the best performance we can in Darlington on Sunday. It is a quite technically demanding work but has some real ly majestic and thrilling moments.
The CD, The Old Rugged Cross, containing some of the pieces best received by audiences over the last few years, is expected to be available next month. Miles Davison, who turned to EYMS when he decided to return to playing a year ago, has accepted an invitation to join Grimethorpe on Solo Horn, while Bass Trombonist Alistair Shipman has decided to concentrate on his conducting career.
Miles has now had three spells with EYMS and in the last 12 months has helped the friendly, committed band to some impressive, consistent results. Alistair joined EYMS in and his terrific bass trombone sound has featured in dozens of concerts and helped the band to several successes, together with performances at the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall and other leading competitions. He has been juggling a busy job, travelling, family life, playing and conducting for some time, but has decided to focus on conducting the Easingwold Town Band, a little closer to home.
Bob, who has a long and distinguished career in banding both as a player and conductor, moved to EYMS straight after the Butlins contest. Also returning to the fray is 2nd Euphonium Sam Ringrose, who has been unable to play since late October after a work accident, and the band thank Trevor Bedford for his much-valued help in contests and the busy Christmas period. At the same time we welcome Bob aboard and hope he enjoys his new challenge.
The band and musical director Alan Morrison now move forward with confidence to the North of England Area and the Grand Shield, together with an exciting concert programme. Both bass trombone and solo horn vacancies have been advertised and those interested can contact the band via our vacancies page. For our entertainment programme, our Musical Director Alan Morrison had selected pieces with an American flavour and present our programme as our American Dream. Starting off with a quintet of players dressed in Abraham Lincoln costumes complete with beards!
Starting with whistles, and party poppers, this fully choreographed piece included three jazz men, before ending with the Band lining the front edge of the stage. This was obviously enjoyed by all present in the audience for the humour in the interplay between Neil and Bradley Hanson - which had to be seen to be believed. Our finale was the American Civil War Fantasy , complete with battle effects and smoke.
This very atmospheric section led in to the big end, and a choreographed acknowledgement of the audience to finish our performance, which was extremely well received by the audience. I appreciate the stage moves. Some loose ensemble moments, but a great opener. Soloist plays with style and security. A few tuning issues in the middle band. Yes, there are a few accidents along the way, but a great arrangement.
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Neatly played, some great Soprano Cornet contributions. Sometimes the playing has a slightly 'wooden' feel. Some untidyness in finale band. American Civil War Fantasy - Good ensemble to start. Well defined dynamics A to B. Some tuning unease in speech section. Again some poor tuning after E. Overall a very well thought out programme. I know exactly how much effort it takes to put a show like this together and mostly it comes off.
Star Spangled Banner - Unusual, god start to your programme but intonation not always spot on. Fine brass group tone and balance. A lot of the phrases need attention. Just the odd light split now and again but it happens to us all sometimes. Just felt I would have liked a little more movement at times.
- The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Coastal Wetland and Wildlife Impacts and Response.
- And the Word Was!
- Property Rights: A Practical Guide to Freedom and Prosperity (Hoover Institution Press Publication).
- The Dhammapada (Penguin Classics)!
Try upping the tempo slightly. Rule Britannia - Lovely opening Euphonium sound. Some great tonal chords in this arrangement. Good stage shooting effects and commentary. Some slight mistakes behind the beat notes not speaking. Nice playing of "John Browns Body" leading to a great climax with some powerful playing.
Overall Very good entertainment. Shame about the suit. What a good 'ole southern boy The clever little intro cameo appearance of Yankee heroes makes the old pot boiler 'Rule Britannia' sound as if the Brits are still lording it over the pesky Americans Fine playing and a clever take on an old favourite. The William Himes 'Civil War Fantasy' - played with accompanying visuals, audio and pyrotechnics delivers its message of hope and all things Americana - from Martin Luther King Junior to Barack Obama with purpose and atmosphere to close. To think we gave up the Empire for Kentucky Fried Chicken and the dollar bill eh?
What a well thought out and cleverly delivered entertainment set this was. Nothing too technically taxing, but musically it all hung together and was played with real brio. This could well put them right back in the mix for a podium finish. After drawing to play number three, we had a long wait to find out the results - the contest still had another seven hours to run, and then the results were not being announced until halfway through the evenings concert.
Where a tie occurs, then the test piece result takes precedence. Following a hectic rehearsal schedule at the start of , the Band headed off to Skegness for the 6th consecutive year to take part in the Butlin's National Mineworkers' Open Brass Band Festival, hoping to improve on our best overall finish of 5th , , and As usual the contest takes place over two days, a set test piece on the Saturday - on this occasion Robert Simpson's Energy - and an entertainment contest on the Sunday. On Saturday, the Band drew to play number 4 out of The judges had the following to say about our performance: Positive start - I like the broad aspect you give - pity about the over pitched note before 4.
Good start, but again some slight slips detract. All under control - with quality sound. Overall a pleasing performance - with attention to markings. Not really pianissimo in the opening. I miss the character of the music. You settle down and a better approach to 2 is made, and the music has more style and feeling.
Tasteful ensembles are noted. Nicely linked into 4 - Trombones not quite!!! Soprano Cornet a little insecure at times. Flugel - fine - don't 'peck' the staccato crotchets please. Fine Solo Cornet - Soprano Cornet, not without a 'clip' or two. Dramatic moments ensue and you build well to This is well detailed, but not quite flawless. Well linked into 17 and the drama unfolds as you progress. No lack of fire from Another good build is made, and this is nicely linked into Presto, which really zips along.
Nothing overdone, but no loss of energy either. A little 'blip' or two mars - but generally there is much to commend in this playing. I do hear the detail in these well controlled dynamics to Excitement ensues - no let up in these closing sections - and you finish with conviction. A few blemishes spoiled, but there was much to commend in this performance, which had style and character in many places. The adjudicators comments and placings after the first day are not communicated to the competing bands, but we were delighted to find out at the conclusion of the contest that as day one ended we were in 3rd place.
The top-class band, which has a solid reputation for entertainment and style, will present their Christmas Concert at the Civic Hall at 7. They will also be available at the door on the evening. Refreshments will be available. This was the Band's second visit to this prestigious competition, giving a solid performance of the Wilfred Heaton set test piece Contest Music, to equal last years 4th place result.
The adjudicators had the following to say about the Band's performance: Confident opening, a little brash for me but secure playing. Good contrasts at C. Good work from trombones at F. O more 2nd trombone for me in the mix. A few tuning issues and ensemble concerns in the opening section, works well until 2 bars before B then again not quite together. B works nicely, can only hear one euphonium though. C goes well soprano overpowers flugel however.
Cornet into E does well but ensemble suffers again in second bar of E. Ending is a little wobbly. Confident, secure playing just a little brash at times, though more in the places not marked brusco or not accented. N a few ensemble issues but good build into P. A very commendable performance, just a few issues in the second movement.
A strong committed open. Well prepared rhythmic shaping. Only slight tuning issues early. Very nice trombone solo. Trombones tuned well, perhaps not always together. Good flugel soloist, Horn too. Soprano a bit aggressive. EEb tuba lovely, Euphonium's passionate flugel a bit rough. Flugel misses entry with sop. Solo Cornet lunga solo not the cleanest. Some ensemble issues Tuba entry. Enjoying the bass trombone here at F big and fat. Good flare now with dynamic range. Details of bass line excellent. Pitch lapse before S. Brilliant summoning of the big sound for close.
Good drive and fine control of technique and dynamics. Cornets before C too loud. Leggerio at F can have more effect. Good trombone solo but accompaniment is pushing too much. K Good sounding bass line. O octaves could be more balanced and tuned. Nice Trombone trio, de-crescendo could have more effect. Fine flowing cornet melody line. Some good solo playing but try to avoid overdoing. Some hesitations at C. Good bass quartet at J and great principal. Good atmosphere towards the end.
Right tempo and good control of Dynamics. Big sound at H. Fine bass line at I. Good build up towards L. Keep the concentration up to the end. Some details get lost in rhythm and articulation. Fine performance with good reading. Lower dynamics can get more effect. The overall results table can be found below.
The placings were given individually by each adjudicator without consulting with their colleagues. The ranking position is based on the current World Rankings table published by the World of Brass, and the 4barsrest website. Christmas - It's coming! As recent years have proved, there is nothing like the sound of a brass band at Christmas, and the East Yorkshire Motor Services Band is again gearing up for its usual festive concert season of the Hull, East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire area.
This year the Band will take part in six concerts during December, striking up at Howden, and then on to North Ferriby, Hull, Elloughton and Cottingham, before finishing up in Scunthorpe. Under the baton of musical director Alan Morrison, the Band will play a mixture of carols and other festive favourites to get audiences in the Christmas spirit. This concert starts at 7. This concert with free admission, starts at the earlier time of 6. On Wednesday 11 th December at 7. Saturday 14 th December sees the Band return to Cottingham.
The venue for this festive concert will be the Civic Hall, Market Green, starting at 7. This has always been a sell-out concert so it is advisable to book first. Tickets for the paid concerts will also be available at the door on the evening of the event. The first ever recorded brass band competition was staged just down the road from the city at Burton Constable in and delighted members of EYMS carried on the tradition with its latest success under musical director Alan Morrison. Facing competition from eight other bands in the Championship Section, the Hull outfit played a minute entertainment programme to win a glowing endorsement from adjudicator David Read.
The closing number The Holy City, again arranged by the musical director, featured marching soldiers and angels in another master class of precision in movement and music. Runners-up were Thoresby Colliery, with Newstead Brass in third place. On Sunday 22nd September, the East Yorkshire Motor Services Band opened its rehearsal room doors to allow young musicians from across the region to experience a rehearsal at Championship level.
This was the second occasion that the Band have invited players to attend, following a successful initial event earlier this year. Musical Director Alan Morrison selected an eclectic programme of music to rehearse, which not only challenged the guest players to quickly change style of playing - from traditional to modern, and from big band to pop - but also gave time for the youngsters to pick up some playing tips from the EYMS players.
It is with regret that the Band announces the departure of 2nd Trombonist Bill Ferrier. Bill has had to stand down due to a combination of family and work commitments, including tutoring the City of Hull Youth Jazz Orchestra which has is currently rehearsing for a forthcoming performance at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Music for Youth Schools Prom Concert series. Originally playing for the Band in , Bill joined as a permanent member in and fulfilled a lifetime ambition by playing at the Royal Albert Hall at the National Championship Finals in We wish him every success in the future.
Unfortunately due to events beyond the Band's control, the garden party concert due to be held on Saturday 7th September has been cancelled. This popular annual event has been a fixture on the Band's schedule since the last millennium , however until now only the floods have prevented the event from taking place. The reasons for the cancellation still have to reach the Band, but it is unlikely to be rescheduled during Time for a 'Giggle' While the rest of their band mates at EYMS enjoy the start of their summer break, there will be no rest for Bradley and Natalie.
Around 80 youngsters will gather at Giggleswick for an intensive week of master classes, sectionals, small group work and full band rehearsal which will lead to two concerts. Star tenor horn player Sheona White is guest soloist. For the last course, the Easter get-together in Taunton, both were on the front row, but they each have ambitions to move up the line towards the principal cornet chair and have been preparing their audition pieces ahead of Giggleswick.
Altogether there are around 80 people on the course. The course tutors are: Flugel Horns - Ben Godfrey. Horns - Sheona White. Trombones - Jayne Murrill. Basses - Nick Etheridge. Percussion - Mark Landon. When the players return refreshed, they will turn their attention to the Scottish Open at Perth, defending their Bolsover Festival of Brass entertainment contest title and making a new CD. Top Brass turn out to help youngsters 1 July Some of Yorkshire's top brass players have come together for a special concert in the city.
The money raised will help to buy special musical equipment for pupils from Frederick Holmes School in Inglemire Lane, Hull. The two schools have a strong bond, with pupils from both schools taking part in the concert. I have taken my brass quintet there to do concerts, and it has all pretty much stemmed from there. One of the pupils' mums teaches at Frederick Holmes, and the concert came about following a conversation where we said we would like to raise some money. I have played in some of the top brass bands, and said I would put an all-star band together.
Kathy Newiss - soloist in the ever popular Concerto de Aranjuez Mr Laing continued, "No one in the brass band community ever says no. It was a super concert, there were four soloists plus a cornet sextet. It was magnificent, very well received. The money raised will be used to buy a sound beam, which makes music more accessible for children with special and additional needs. The touch free device uses sensor technology to translate body movement into music and sound.
As well as this event, members of the banding community have entertained at Frederick Holmes School on many occasions, including a series of afternoon concerts by Aunt Bessies East Yorkshire Brass several years ago. Soloists on those occasions included Tony Newiss on the hose pipe, and Mark Unsworth on the traffic cone! Whit Friday Marches 2 5th June Following the Band's recent participation in the Whit Friday March Contests, we are pleased to confirm that Tameside Borough Council who oversee the Tameside events have decided to adjust the final standings, meaning that the East Yorkshire Motor Services Band are now placed in equal 3rd position.
The Band are obviously delighted with this upward adjustment from the previously announced 4th position. This was the second time that the Band had participated in this event, and the experience from last year helped the night run like a well oiled machine. Although the sky stayed black and stormy for most of the evening, the cold, wet, and windy weather only lasted for the first contest - after that it was just cold and windy.
The Tameside group of contests, consists of 11 events throughout the borough - the Band completed in 10 of these, playing the road march Punchinello, and the contest march Knight Templar. We only missed the Mossley Contest, due to a large queue of waiting bands. To qualify for the overall prize, bands must compete in 6 contests - a total of 42 bands reached the qualifying standard, with the East Yorkshire Motor Services Band finishing in 4th place overall.
The individual contest results are as follows: The Band would like to thank former member Sam Kind, for acting as runner and planner for the evening. A rousing march will be followed by melodies from stage, charts and the classics, while the second half will see a change of lay-out for the EYMS big band experience, with some iconic numbers. It all adds up to a must-see show for the Band, which formed in and quickly achieved a status which sees them today competing in the same sphere as bands with more illustrious history.
Band Returns to Hessle. A rousing march will usher in a well-loved overture, followed by melodies from stage, screen, charts and the classics, while the second half will see a change of lay-out for the EYMS big band experience, with some iconic numbers. Awards Presented to Band Members. At the Band's recent concert in New Waltham, the annual awards were presented to a total of six members of the Band. Normally these awards would be presented nearer to the start of the year at a social evening, but a combination of the weather, and busy schedule meant that the presentation never took place.
The remaining two awards are decided upon by members of the Band by secret ballot. Top Brass - A few tickets left. Based in Hull, but with several members from the Grimsby area, the Band will be conducted by musical director Alan Morrison. Top Brass heads for Gainsborough. A rousing march will usher in a well-loved overture and melodies from stage, screen, charts and the classics, while the second half will see a change of lay-out for the EYMS big band experience, with some iconic numbers.
They hope to reach the London showpiece for the sixth time in the last eight years when they compete at a qualifying contest on March 17th in Darlington. Other notable competition highs include winning the Senior Cup in and , and becoming the and Kippax Entertainment champions. The Band toured Holland in and two years later visited Amboise in the Loire Valley to compete in the French Open Championships, winning the march contest.
We know the town has a brass band heritage, with the Gainsborough Britannia and Spillers bands both having had high profiles in the past, and hope brass band and other music fans will come out and help us celebrate a great British musical tradition. Unfortunately the Band have to announce the resignation of 2nd Euphonium player Melanie Ornsby. Over recent months Melanie has found it difficult to continue juggling the busy schedule of the Band, along with her growing young family and work commitments.
Although we understand Melanie's decision, we are saddened to lose a player of such ability and commitment. The Band would like to thank Melanie for her contribution since re-joining the Band in October Butlins - The view from 4Barsrest. During the weekend's events the online band website 4barsrest reported on all performances in the Championship Section. Solid opening sets out its stall in no nonsense fashion. Doesn't sparkle but the clarity of the main lines and ensemble is evident. Nothing overdone or over fashioned here - just purposeful playing that flows so well.
Lovely start just loses its focus in places but we hear a super euph and quality lead lines. Sop adds touches of class. Just a little artistry would give this the sense of cultured aplomb but the artisan virtues have stamp of authority. More good playing delivered with musical and technical sensibility.
MD keeps the control, but it could do with a little bit more sparkle. Lots left in the tank for a finish that signalled real intent. As solid as they come - nothing overdone or misplaced. The reins could have been slackened in places but this was consistent and controlled. On Sunday they wrote the following as our performance unfolded: A real bopper of Stevie Wonder's 'Sir Duke' gives a funky feel to open the proceedings - all minus the MD who waits in the wings to make his entrance.
The birthday boy appears to lead the band in accompanying a suave and velvety Mark Unsworth in 'My Funny Valentine'. Nothing funny about that though - quality and understated style permeate from start to finish. MD goes all Austin Powers and 'Soul Bossa Nova' to follow, and he takes the lead on trumpet playing with that sparkly lightness of a Brazilian number 10 with the ball at his feet, or the great Alan Foggan on a muddy Ayersome Park in What a man of mystery baby The big finisher is Alan's gospel take on 'The Holy City'.
It's highly choreographed and highly effective too. The sop pings the eyeballs out in places to round off a really effective take on one of the great classics. The audience really lapped that one up! More gospel to close it will get the strict Methodists complaining!
What a great finisher - Lordy, Lordy! EYMS have put themselves right back in the mix after this well worked and highly polished programme. Had substance to go with the style too, led by the MD on sparkling form. Age shall not weary him This article is reproduced with permission of the 4barsrest website. To visit their site please click here. Butlins - The Results. On Sunday 20th, the Band drew to play number As with all of the competing bands in this section, the Band had to perform a mini concert lasting around 22 minutes.
Moving to the world of films, we performed Soul Bossa Nova , the theme music for the Austin Powers film trilogy. A new arrangement by Alan of The Holy City followed, with It's not Christmas, but it's Blue as our finishing item it was snowing so Christmas music was permitted in January! Our concert was not a typical sit down brass band performance, as we set up in big band formation. The opening number was fully choreographed, and performed without music, ending up with the Band line abreast across the stage.
The two adjudicators wrote the following: Good start to your short concert - well done. Lovely warm sound to open. However, soloist and band play in a very musical manner throughout.