Sep 04

Fantastic British Open Experience 2010

Last Saturday the Band competed in our first ever British Open at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.  After drawing number 4, the band followed Whitburn Band (conducted by Frank Renton) onto the stage.  The tension was high but we played to a very well attended audience and the applause as we took to the stage was very well received from the band.

Nigel Seaman calmed our nerves and we began our rendition of Peter Graham’s “On the Shoulders of Giants”. After 16 minutes of playing and a few minutes of applause and a standing ovation, we left the stage having had a fantastic experience and the chance to enjoy the rest of the day.

Results came in and we had come 14th in what is regarded as the strongest and best brass band contest in the world. The Band are very proud of our performance and very much look forward to repeating this experience next year.


Saturday 4th September 2010
Test Piece: ‘On the Shoulders of Giants’ – Professor Peter Graham
Adjudicators: Nigel Boddice MBE, William Relton, Ronald Holz

1. Tredegar (Ian Porthouse), 8
2. Fairey (Geneva) (Russell Gray), 12
3. Black Dyke (Dr Nicholas Childs), 13
4. Fodens (Howard Snell), 17
5. Cory (Dr Robert Childs), 1
6. Rothwell Temperance (David Roberts), 9
7. Desford Colliery (Martin Winter), 7
8. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery (Philip McCann), 11
9. Grimethorpe Colliery (Allan Withington), 15
10. Brighouse and Rastrick (Professor David King), 2
11. Co-operative Funeralcare (Michael Fowles), 16
12. Leyland (Philip Harper), 6
13. Virtuosi GUS (John Berryman), 14
14. Tongwynlais Temperance (Nigel Seaman), 4
15. Hepworth (Cookson Homes) (Brian Grant), 5
16. Whitburn (Frank Renton), 3
17. Kirkintilloch (Garry Cutt), 10

Stanley Wainwright Memorial Trophy: Stephen Sykes (Tredegar; Trombone)
Brian Evans Memorial Trophy: Paul Duffy (Black Dyke; Soprano)
Geoff Whitham Trophy: Gary Curtin (Fairey (Geneva); Euphonium)

Our congratulations go to Tredegar Town Band on what was a brilliant win for them in a fantastic year of contesting so far.