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2013 4BR Awards — Player of the Year

Which individual performer showed us their brilliance to best effect in 2013?

4barsrest awardsThe brass band world has hundreds of quite outstanding performers in its ranks; from the USA to New Zealand, Championship Section to Youth.

However, there is more to being recognised as a master of your craft than just being a player of brilliance. It is rare for just one player to win a contest for a band - very rare indeed. You also have to be part of and be able to inspire those around you.

There were plenty of singular examples of players producing fantastic performances throughout the year but these five players seemed to be able to project something else about themselves too.

These five for consideration did just that and more during 2013 for us - from solos, recordings and tours to the leadership of their band on the contest and concert stages.

There were plenty of other talented performers to choose from - and we do mean plenty - but we have opted for an intriguing and deserving quintet to consider.

Go to Voting:

Tom Hutchinson

Tom Hutchinson

The most accomplished of team performers and a growing solo presence in 2013 who has now fully grown into the role as principal cornet with the world’s number 1 ranked band. 

Unflustered, unflappable, classy and cultured, he was the bedrock on which Cory’s performances were based – especially at the European and National Finals.

All this and his solo playing became ever more confident and showy – the true sign of a player at ease with his personal brilliance.

Glenn Van Looy

Glenn Van Looy

In 2013 the remarkable Belgian continued to revel in his freelance role as the banding world’s most sought after euphonium talent.

Once again he performed with such brilliance on his travels - from the British Open and World Championships to the RNCM Festival of Brass  – that you wondered how he had the time to launch a brace of outstanding CD recordings too.

It is frightening to think just how good he will become.

Steven Mead

Steven Mead

The pioneer of euphonium excellence continued to seek new and exciting performance horizons in 2013 - and in the most surprising of places too.

He literally does perform all over the world with a punishing schedule that seems to reinvigorate him as a player each time he steps off a long haul flight.

All this and he does so with a sense of re-invention that would put Madonna in the shade through his appetite to seek out new repertoire, musical partnerships and CDs that always have the ability to remind you that he remains one heck of a player.

Daniel Thomas

Daniel Thomas

The youngest of our nominations for consideration and a player of immense and as yet, untapped full potential.

The 19 year old was Tredegar’s stand out performer during 2013 - from his mature ensemble leadership in high profile concerts and thrilling solo playing, to his eye popping contest stage efforts – which culminated in him taking the Geoffrey Whitham Award at the British Open. 

How he now refines his talents now that he has started to make a name for himself will be his biggest challenge in 2014 and beyond.

Harmen Vanhoorne

Harmen Vanhoorne

The heir apparent to Roger Webster as the best cornet player in the world certainly took a step closer to emulating the all round world class craftsmanship of his hero in 2013.

The quality of his ensemble playing with Buizingen and Exit Brass as well as his remarkable solo playing was startling – with his performance of the Nigel Clarke ‘Cornet Concerto’ at the RNCM Festival of Brass simply stunning. 

There was such a deep sheen of sublime artistry about his playing that his CD ‘Fortune’s Fool’ provided the DNA blueprint for any 21st century cornet virtuoso to try and emulate. 

Black Dyke Band - Mirfield Parish Church

Thursday 22 March • Mirfield Parish Church, 38 Church Lane, Mirfield WF14 9HX

The Fairey Band - Ensembles from Bramhall High School

Friday 23 March • Bramhall High School. Seal Road. Stockport SK72JT

Regent Hall Concerts - Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Brass Band

Friday 23 March • Regent Hall. (The Salvation Army). 275 Oxford Street. London W1C 2DJ (opposite RESERVED) W1C 2DJ

The Brighouse & Rastrick Band - Boobs & Brass at Huddersfield Town Hall

Saturday 24 March • Huddersfield Town Hall. Corporation St,. Huddersfield HD1 2TA

Croydon Citadel Band - The International Staff Band of The Salvation Army

Saturday 24 March • The Salvation Army. Booth Rd. Croydon. CR0 1XY CR0 1XY

Amesbury Town Band

March 20 • Players of any standard are always warmly welcomed especially some more solo cornets and a spare percussionists to help out existing players. We don't contest, so feel free to drop in, even if you just fancy a blow or want to try another instrument.

Elland Silver Band

March 20 • We have a vacancy within our Championship Section senior band for a 2nd Trombone player. This is a great opportunity for an experienced or young player looking to join one of Yorkshire's progressive bands, conducted by Daniel Brooks.

Crofton Silver Band

March 20 • Yorkshire 2nd Section Champions are looking for the following players:. . FRONT ROW/ SOPRANO CORNET. BASS. . The band are heading back to the National Finals in September to try and repeat their success from 2016.

Jack Capstaff

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Conductor | Composer