British Open 2011

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 6 September 2011

On Saturday Fodens competed at the 'British Open Championships' held at the Symphony Hall Birmingham against 16 of the 'best' bands in the United Kingdom. Each band performed the set test piece 'Red Priest' composed originally for the Black Dyke Band in 2009 by Philip Wilby. 'Red Priest' proved to be an audience friendly test piece as well as being fun and challenging for the performers.
 
Despite delivering a convincing performance (conducted by Allan Withington) which was described by the brass band reviewer from 4barsrest as 'A power laden juggernaut of a performance but with such delicacy of style. Superb – No question.' and finding favour from a number of quarters in the audience and brass band magazine reviewers, Fodens received a commendable 4th position.
 
The full results of the contest were
 
1. Cory (Dr Robert Childs)
2. Black Dyke (Dr Nicholas Childs)
3. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery (Phillip McCann)
4. Fodens (Allan Withington)
5. Brighouse & Rastrick (Professor David King)
6. Tredegar (Ian Porthouse)
7. Desford Colliery (Nigel Seaman)
8. Virtuosi GUS (John Berryman)
9. Grimethorpe Colliery (Garry Cutt)
10. Leyland (Jason Katsikaris)
11. Fairey (Geneva) (Russell Gray)
12. Rothwell Temperance (David Roberts)
13. Reg Vardy (Ray Farr)
14. Co-operative Funeralcare (Michael Fowles
15. Hepworth (Michael Bach)
16. Kirkintilloch (Luc Vertommen)
17. Tongwynlais Temperance (Philip Harper)

*Hepworth and Tongwynlais Temperance relegated to the Grand Shield
 
The bands next contest will be at the Royal Albert Hall, London on Saturday 15th October
 

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