2021 British Open postponed

Following discussions with the competing bands, and detailed consideration of the potential constraints and safety measures required as a result of the Covid 19 situation, the organisers of the British Open Brass Band Championships have made the decision to postpone the 2021 contest, which will now be held 23 January 2022 at Symphony Hall, Birmingham. 

Speaking on behalf of the British Open, Martin Mortimer said: “As organisers, we have thought very carefully about the staging of this year’s ‘Open’ and share everyone’s desire to return to contesting, so this is not a decision we have taken lightly.

“Whilst generally the situation is improving, we are mindful of potential concerns from both our audience and members of competing bands, and really appreciate the recent discussions with all our bands, which have given us valuable feedback and support in making this decision, as well as close conversations with the B.Music team at Symphony Hall.

“We have a significant new test-piece, The World Rejoicing by Edward Gregson, that we have all looked forward to making its long-awaited debut. It’s therefore important to ensure that all the invited bands have the opportunity to take part and deliver their best performance, mindful of the challenges many of the bands are facing in terms of rehearsal time and the uncertainty regarding their members being available to play on the day as a result of the current situation.

“Alongside this, we feel it is important for our audience to enjoy the experience of the day’s contesting in a relaxed environment, as we are all accustomed to at Symphony Hall. The preparation and lead-in time involved, in a number of key aspects of the event for our team, the bands and Symphony Hall, require us to consider the timing of this decision and we hope that everyone will appreciate the situation.”

All tickets purchased for the 11 September 2021 event will remain valid for the new, rescheduled date of 23 January 2022. Ticket-holders are asked to ‘please wait to be contacted by the Symphony Hall B.Music box office for any details around this process, or to claim a refund, if unable to attend in January.’

As with the rescheduled 2021 event, Besson will support the 2022 British Open on Saturday 10 September 2022.

For any enquiries please contact: Frank Hodges, Contest Controller: frankhodges@britishopen.net  M: 07930 562768    T: 01942 212418


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