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King Wins the Open — Again

Andrew King of the Leyland Band retains his British Open Solo Title.


King Junior takes Solo Title

Sorry to all of you out there who were hoping to see off us that we had covered the British Open Solo and Quartet Championships, but we just didn’t have the time or resources this year. Apologies to one and all, but we’ll try a bit harder next time.

Congratulations though to Andrew King, Principal Trombone of the Leyland Band who won the Senior title for the second year in a row, playing Arthur Pryor’s “Bluebells of Scotland”. Some talent this, as the young man is still only seventeen years of age! It’s amazing to think that a chap of such tender years has been able to beat some of the best players in the UK for the past two years, but it must be said he’s one heck of a player.

The contest was held at the Duckinfield Town Hall, Tameside last weekend and young master King took home the title, plus the honour of representing Great Britain at the Ern Keller International Soloist of the Year contest in Australia in February 2002, against the might of the champion soloists of both Australia and New Zealand.

We hope to catch up with the talented young man before too long to see if we can get him to say a few words to us about his success.

Second place went to the Japanese euphonium player, Natsumi Inaba of the Point of Ayr Band, who has impressed all of those who have heard her play this year, whilst third place was won by the excellent euphonium player Mark Bousie of Sellers International. However, it was Andrew King, who took the top honours to become champion for a second time, and we think in doing so emulating his father who won the title a few years back. Could this be the only time that a father and son combination has both become Champion Soloists of Great Britain?

The individual awards went to Paula Russell as Bb Cornet Champion, Christina Saunders of Point of Ayr as Flugel Champion, Natsumi Inaba as Euphonium Champion and Christopher Gomersall of Newcastle brown Ale Band as Trombone Champion.

The Junior Quartet was won by Dobcross Youth from Shirland Welfare Training and Shaw Youth, whilst the Junior Slow Melody Champion was Matthew Howcroft of Elland Silver Band, who took the title from Danielle Audley Wiltshire of Shirland Welfare and Stephen Sykes junior of Frome Town. (A bit of a famous name there we think!).

The Intermediate Slow Melody Champion was Julie Blackhouse of Lancashire Life Morecombe who beat off the challenge of John Lees of Dobcross Youth and Chloe Mallett of Ipswich Cooperative to take home the top prize.

The adjudicators for the contest were David Horsfield, Dennis Wilby, Nicholas Childs and Dr Roy Newsome.

Sorry we couldn’t do the contest the justice it rightly deserved, but we are sure it has been very well reported in depth elsewhere. Slapped wrists all round down here in Wales and the promise to we’ll make much more of an effort in 2002.

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David Hirst

MA, B.Ed (Hons), LTCL
Conductor, adjudicator and arranger