Congratulations Cory – 2019 Open Champions

Cory successfully managed to retain the British Open Championship title with a stunning performance of Peter Graham’s ‘Dynasty’ that impressed the live and virtual audience, but more importantly the adjudicators. Playing from the favourable draw of 16 out of 18 bands Cory took to the stage under Musical Director Philip Harper with the confidence you’d expect from the reigning champions. 

Although Foden’s led the charge in the first half of the draw, with some superb playing from prize winner Richard Poole on Soprano, Black Dyke took the competition to another level with Daniel Thomas awarded the Geoffrey Whitham Memorial Trophy for his efforts on solo euphonium. It was Cory however that managed to win the day impressing adjudicators Nigel Boddice MBE, Dr Stephen Cobb and Stephen Roberts, in no small way owing to the sublime playing of Principal Cornet Tom Hutchinson, who led the band with aplomb and deservedly won the Brian Evans Memorial Trophy.
Full results can be found below and a more in depth feature will appear in the next issue of BBW.
1. Cory (Philip Harper)
2. Black Dyke (Prof Nicholas J. Childs)
3. Foden's (Russell Gray)
4. Desford Colliery (LMTF) (Michael Fowles)
5. Flowers (Paul Holland)
6. Brighouse & Rastrick (Prof David King)
7. Grimethorpe Colliery (Dr David Thornton)
8. Fairey (Garry Cutt)
9. Aldbourne (Ivan Meylemans)
10. The Cooperation Band (Phillip McCann)
11. Tredegar (Ian Porthouse)
12. Valaisia Brass Band (Arsene Duc)
13. Hammonds Saltaire (Morgan Griffiths)
14. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery (Luc Vertommen) 
15. Leyland (Thomas Wyss)
16. Wingates (Paul Andrews)*
17. NASUWT Riverside (David Roberts)
18. Whitburn (Florent Didier) *

Stanley Wainwright Memorial Trophy for Best Instrumentalist: Tom Hutchinson (Principal Cornet) Cory
Brian Evans Memorial Trophy for Best Soprano: Richard Poole (Soprano Cornet) Foden's
The Geoffrey Whitham Memorial Trophy for Best Euphonium: Daniel Thomas (Principal Euphonium) Black Dyke
*Relegated to Grand Shield

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