Welsh Dragon roars at the Nationals

The Welsh dragon roared for a fourth time during the 2015 British National Finals as Cory delivered a ‘monster’ performance of Spiriti to take the top Section National crown.

As presenter, Simone Rebello, declared Cory the 2015 National Champion in front of an appreciative and expectant Royal Albert Hall audience, those with any knowledge of Welsh legend might just have seen this as a day that could have been etched in those famous old Welsh tales, the Mabinogion.

With three Welsh bands having already sealed National Championship glory in Cheltenham just two weeks previously, Cory’s was a victory that seemed to be written in the Celtic stars, sealing a famous quadruple triumph for Wales that will live long in the memories of both the musicians who played their part and supporters of Welsh banding generally.

As an utterly absorbing contest unfolded in London, Cory’s breathtaking performance of Thomas Doss’s majestic Spiriti proved to be one of the most memorable National-winning performances of the last two decades, a fact that was not lost on adjudicators Howard Snell, Stephen Roberts and Rob Wif n, with Steve Roberts’s summing-up the winning rendition as ‘a monster performance that delivered in brontosauran bucket loads.’ 


Test-Piece: Spiriti by Thomas Doss
Adjudicators: Stephen Roberts, Howard Snel and Rob Wiffin OBE

* Denotes top four bands pre-quali ed for 2016 National Final ** Denotes Quali cation for 2017 European Brass Band Championships in Ostende as highest-placed English representative

1. Cory (Philip Harper)*
2. Brighouse and Rastrick (Professor David King)** 3. Fairey (Professor Garry Cutt)*
4. Flowers (Paul Holland)*
5. Tredegar (Ian Porthouse)
6. Camborne (Kevin Mackenzie)
7. Zone One Brass (Richard Ward)
8. Reg Vardy (Russell Gray)
9. Co-operative Funeralcare (Allan Ramsay)
10. Grimethorpe Colliery (Dr. Robert Childs)
11. Black Dyke (Professor Nicholas Childs)
12. Whitburn (Michael Fowles)
13. Foden’s (Allan Withington)
14. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery (Phillip McCann) 15. Virtuosi GUS (Adam Cooke)
16. Northop Silver (Thomas Wyss)
17. Tongwynlais Temperance (John Berryman)
18. NASUWT Riverside (Stephen Malcolm)
19. Desford Colliery (LCIWTF) (Tom Davoren)
20. Friary Guildford (Chris King)

Brass Band World Best Instrumentalist Award:

Paul Richards, soprano, Flowers 

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