There was no doubt in the opinions of the three judges about the quality of Cory's winning performance of 'A Brussels Requiem'.
Cory (Philip Harper)
Good atmospheric opening — fine control from all players. Fabulous euph euph at 24.
26 — so clear!
In Cold Blood — fine sounds. Great solo trom and xylo — splendid intensity all through as well as detail.
All so good. Slight pushing at 160, but so exciting. 199 — Death bell is just right and great dim by solo horn.
Off stage is just right too. Chorale is splendidly sombre and well controlled.
230 — nice shaped, euph line is affecting and a lovely lilt in the cornet solo. Beautiful baritones and so well shaped and musical.
245 — shame about the slip, but a small blemish on a beautiful face is not ugly!
277 — fine sop. 292 — good groove here
321 — well done solo cornet. Good sop sounds and well controlled cornet duet at 362. Rit in 375??? Exciting and brilliant close.
An absolute stunner!
It's a close call so far, but your slow playing was superlative, notched you in front.
Bar 10 — don't breath there Euph — tuned perc maybe a bit too much — but lovely work from soloists.
24 — good
26 — well delivered
28 — good pace and detailing
59 — brisk tempo and style. Trom good — xylo fine — good ensemble.
Quality playing this — into 10/8.
154 — all measured
160 — brilliant — very assured and with great panache.
192 — bold sound and style
199 — well matched chord — nice links to (Mvt) 3.
Cornet sounds off stage (at last) — v(ery) good quality cornets.
213 — nice blend and good dynamics — horn solo well well placed. Bass trom just slightly louder than others — but excellent ensemble and dynamics. 230 — don't overcook. Euph — lovely touch of rubato.
239 — some lovely playing here — just ebb and flow without losing pace and line
247 — beautiful
257 — unlucky bari
260 — nice tone nd movement
271 — nice transition
277 — big moment!
(Mvt) 4 — Good tempo, quality, poise and space. 345 — hi-hat back a bit. 354 — huge sound — but controlled.
362 — great control
369 — tempi so well chosen — driving you at this fastest tempo — reflective and controlled — building to an amazing display of raw power and drive
This was a really top quality performance that had some rare moments of magic that set it apart. I particularly enjoyed the way each tempo and style was so well judged.
Beautifully delivered cornet/euph, tastefully shaped.
Piu mosso has the right movement.
Sop/Euph impress 23, 24. Flug is expressive, contrasted by the razor sharp demi semis in cornets.
Agitato — so much energy, drive, determination and class. 84 — Trom fine, and xylo. Bucket-loads of detail page after page.
183 — has such poise and an air of authority. 199 melts away to perfection.
Memoriam — effective cornet calls. 213 — Haunting sounds, wonderful. 230 — so much care, this is very touching, you maintain such a beautiful atmosphere.
The music builds with clear lines and emotion. Energico dances along. So much detail. 322 — awesome cornet!
Meno mosso works perfectly, as does Maestoso, great colour from percussion too. Presto allows you to show off — its suits you — fantastic!!
A majestic performance, completely brilliant and moving.
Thank you all