2023 4BR CD of the Year

Black Dyke's superb release of the music of Peter Graham claims the CD of the Year honours

  4BR CD of the Year

Winner: Peter Graham — Force of Nature
Black Dyke Band
Conductor: Prof Nicholas Childs

2. Seascapes
Foden's Band
Conductor: Michael Fowles

3. Variations
Cory Band
Conductor: Philip Harper

Several outstanding recordings to enjoy this year, but it was something of a late comer in 'Peter Graham — Force of Nature' (released in November) with Black Dyke Band led by Prof Nicholas Childs on superb form alongside two scintillating soloists in David Childs and Rex Richardson, that won the day.

They gained 7 first choice nominations from the panel to repel the challenge of Foden's evocative 'Seascapes' (5 first choice nominations) with Cory's fine 'Variations' just heading off Onyx Brass and 'the sun is free to flow with the sea' to come third.


The Awards Panel consisted of: Iwan Fox (4BR Editor); Malcolm Wood; Paul Hindmarsh; Andrew Wainwright; Chris Thomas; Gordon Simpson; Annie Crookston; Steven Mead; Sarah Groarke-Booth; Alexander Zwann; Jess Tredrea; Tim Mutum; Katrina Marzella; Stein Skorpholm; Camila Soderstrom Tveit.

Past Winners:

2022: Vaughan Williams on Brass (Tredegar Band)
2021: Festmusik — A Legacy (Onyx Brass)
2020: Gregson: Music of the Angels
2019: The Music of Bliss & Howells (Brighouse & Rastrick)
2018: Metropolis (Black Dyke)
2017: Dances & Arias (Black Dyke)
2016: War Memorials (Cory Band & Tredegar Band)
2015: Dark Arteries (Tredegar Band)
2014: Gaia Symphony (Eikanger Bjorsvik)
2013: When Worlds Collide: The Music of Nigel Clarke (Brass Band Buizingen)
2012: Masquerade (Foden's)
2011: Only for You: The Music of Paul Lovatt-Cooper (Black Dyke)
2010: Romeo & Juliet (Eikanger Bjorsvik)
2009: Maestro (Foden's)
2008: New Music for Brass Band (Foden's)
2007: Vienna Nights (Black Dyke)
2006: Heaton: Volume 4 (Black Dyke)
2005: Tales and Stories (Eikanger Bjorsvik)
2004: Music of the Spheres (Yorkshire Building Society)
2003: Bourgeois in Brass (Yorkshire Building Society)
2002: The Heaton Collection (Black Dyke and the ISB)
2001: Butterworth (Black Dyke)

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