Cory Triumphs at BIC 2021

Congratulations to Cory on completing a hat-trick of victories with this year’s Brass in Concert Championship title. The band performed with its usual assured confidence, and under the direction of Philip Harper, who brought his own inimitable style to the winning programme, Cory proved to once again be an unbeatable force. The band consolidated the victory with additional awards for Best Programme Content, Best Entertainment & Presentation and the winning M.D.’s ‘Beyond the Sea’ winning the best New Composition/Arrangement Award. Individual awards were scooped up with Tom Hutchinson winning the Harry Mortimer Best Principal Cornet Award, Best Euphonium was awarded to Glyn Williams and the John Fletcher prize won by the Cory Bass Section.
The National Champions were also on tremendous form, but even through the band were judged to have the finest quality of performance, they were beaten into second place overall. The final podium spot was taken by Flowers who gave an impressive performance to claim third prize. The rest of the frame was made up with Carlton Main Frickley Colliery, Tredegar and Grimethorpe Colliery respectively.
Earlier in the day Youth Brass 2000 won the Youth Brass in Concert title under the direction of Chris Jeans with a stylish and mature performance, belying the tender age of the musicians. The band’s baritone soloist Ed Culpin was also awarded the Best Soloist prize.
The organisers are to be congratulated on the return of this stellar entertainment competition, with audiences both live and virtual enjoying the very best of brass. A full review of the day will feature in the next issue of Brass Band World Magazine.

Youth Brass in Concert

Adjudicators: Anne Crookston & Wendy Smith
Performance/Entertainment & Presentation = Total

1. Youth Brass 2000 (Chris Jeans): 120/78 = 198
2. Houghton Area Youth (Brian Adams): 114/80 = 194
3. Elland Silver Youth Band (Samantha Harrison): 117/76 = 193
4. Enderby Youth Band (Sam McClumpha): 111/74 = 185

Best Soloist: Ed Culpin (baritone) Youth Brass 2000

Brass in Concert

Adjudicators: Mark David & Peter Moore (Quality of Performance); Andrew Duncan (Programme Content); Jayne Murrill & Chris Jeans (Entertainment & Presentation); Dr David Childs (Soloist and Individual Awards)

Music/Music/Content/Entertainment = Total
David/Moore/Duncan/Murrill/Jeans = Total

1. Cory (Philip Harper): 60/51/40/20/20 = 191
2. Foden's (Michael Fowles): 57/60/32/16/18 = 183
3. Flowers (Paul Holland): 54/54/28/17/16 = 169
4. Carlton Main Frickley Colliery (Allan Withington): 51/42/38/18/19 = 168
5. Tredegar (Ian Porthouse): 42/57/34/14/17 = 164
6. Grimethorpe Colliery (Dr David Thornton): 45/48/36/15/15 = 159
7. Hammonds (Morgan Griffiths): 48/45/22/11/12 = 138*
8. Friary (Chris King): 39/36/30/19/14 = 138
9. NASUWT Riverside (Prof Nicholas J Childs): 36/39/24/12/13 = 124
10. Redbridge (Chris Bearman): 33/33/26/13/11 = 116

* Denotes Quality of Performance points take precedence in order of tied placings

Main Awards:
Quality of Performance: Foden's
Best Programme Content: Cory
Best Entertainment & Presentation: Cory
Winning MD: Philip Harper
Audience Entertainment Prize: Friary
New Composition/Arrangement Award: Beyond the Sea (Philip Harper) — Cory

Individual Awards:
Best Soloist: Isobel Daws (trombone - Friary)
Don Lusher Trombone Award: Isobel Daws (Friary)
Harry Mortimer Best Principal Cornet Award: Tom Hutchinson (Cory)
The Fesa Trophy for Best Flugel Award: Mark Walters (Grimethorpe Colliery)
The Gateshead MBC Trophy for Best Soprano Award: Paul Richards (Flowers)
The Louis and Colin Johnson Trophy for Best Percussion Section: Foden's
Best Euphonium: Glyn Williams (Cory)
Best Baritone: Ben Stratford (Tredegar)
Best Horn: Ross Dunne (Tredegar)
John Fletcher Best Basses Award: Cory
Youngest Player: Haydn Osbourne of Hammonds (aged 17)


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