The Band are delighted to report further competition success, this time at the British Open Brass Band Championships held on the 10th September in Birmingham, UK.
 
‘The Open’ is one of the year’s biggest competitions and following a 2nd place finish in 2015, the band headed to Symphony Hall looking to go one step better.  The test piece was the fiendishly difficult ‘Triumph of Time’ by Peter Graham, featuring exposed and technically demanding solos for all of the bands principal players.  Behind this the ensemble parts are some of the hardest the Band has seen in many years and for sure, this was a real test of soloists and strength in depth.
 
The competition line up included the 18 best bands from the UK as well as representatives from Belgium and New Zealand.  Drawing number 13 on the day, B&R took to stage and delivered a performance of real musical integrity under Professor David King’s direction, with all soloists excelling and a rousing standing ovation from the capacity audience before the band had finished their performance. 
 
Come the results, the band were just pipped to 1st place by the current British and European Champions the Cory Band from Wales.  Congratulations to them and we look to locking musical horns again at the Albert Hall for the National Finals in October. 
 
FULL RESULT – British Open Championship 2016
1. Cory (Philip Harper)
2. Brighouse & Rastrick (Prof David King)

3. Black Dyke (Prof Nicholas J. Childs)

4. Brass Band Willebroek (Frans Violet)

5. Grimethorpe Colliery (Dr Robert Childs)

6. Desford Colliery (Leicestershire Miners Trust Fund) (Michael Fowles)

7. Leyland (Thomas Wyss)

8. Co-operative Funeralcare (Allan Ramsay)

9. Fairey (Garry Cutt)

10. Rothwell Temperance (David Roberts)

11. Flowers (Paul Holland)

12. Milnrow (Mark Bentham)

13. Woodfalls (Howard Evans)

14. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery (Erik Jannsen)

15. Tredegar (Ian Porthouse)

16. Wellington Brass (David Bremner)

17. Foden’s (Bramwell Tovey)

18. Hammonds Saltaire (Morgan Griffiths)

19. Jaguar Land Rover (Dave Lea)