On the edge of history

Issue 5946

Cory Band looks to make further history at the RAH on 8 October. All about the National Final and much more in the latest packed edition of BB!

ECV triumphs at Swiss Open The 27th

Thursday 29 September, 2016

ECV triumphs at Swiss Open

The 27th Besson Swiss Open Championship was held on 24 September in Lucerne, where conductor François Roh guided Ensemble de Cuivres Valasian (ECV) to a three-point victory over Bürgermusik Luzern (Michael Bach), with Treize Etoiles (James Gourlay) in third place. 

Although Ensemble de Cuivres Valasian lost out to Brass Band Bürgermusik Luzern by the narrowest of margins with their respective renditions of the set test-piece, Philip Sparke’s Harmony Music, the band stormed into a decisive lead with its performance of the own-choice selection, excerpts from Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances, specially arranged for the contest by Julien Roh, brother of the musical director.

Speaking to British Bandsman after the success, François Roh commented: “I am, of course, very happy with this win. This season will be very special for us, as we are going to celebrate the band's 50th anniversary and this is the best way to begin our jubilee! I am very proud of my musicians and would like to thank them all for their hard work and outstanding commitment to the band. A big thank you must also go to my brother Julien (who is also solo horn) who provided us with a great arrangement of Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances. We are now looking forward for the deadline of the submission for our 50th anniversary composition contest (November 1), and then we will be busy working for the National Championship in Montreux, where we will try to do better than our 2nd place last year!” The full results were:

1. Ensemble de Cuivres Valasian (François Roh) 173 (test-piece) + 175 (own-choice) = 348

2. Bürgermusik Luzern (Michael Bach) 174+171=345

3. Treize Etoiles (James Gourlay) 172+168=340

4. Berner Oberland (Corsin Tuor) 168+167=335

5. Valaisia (Arsène Duc) 160+174=334

6. Fribourg (Dr. Robert Childs) 171+159=330

7. Wallberg (Garry Cutt) 164+154=318

8. Oberaargauer (Gian Walker) 156+162=318

9. Luzern Land (Hervé Grélat) 153+158=311

10. Liberty BB Ostschweiz (Andreas Koller) 155+155=310

Best March: Valaisia; Best Own-Choice: Ensemble de Cuivres Valaisan

Adjudicators: David Childs, Howard Lorriman, Paul Holland, Carlo Balmelli and Laurent Tinguely

A record number of 66 brass bands will take part in the 42nd Swiss National Brass Band Championships, which will take place at the Stravinski Auditorium and Miles Davis Hall in Montreux on 26-27 November. Twelve Championship Section bands, including defending champion Valaisia and newly-crowned Swiss Open champion Ensemble de Cuivres Valasian, will tackle Philip Sparke’s Music for Battle Creek on the Saturday before playing their own-choice works the following day. There are 20 bands in the 1st Section, which will perform L’Effet Divers by Belgian composer Stan Nieuwenhuis, while ...As a Glow by Ludovic Neurohr will test the 14 contenders in Section 2. Oliver Waespi’s Graces of Love will confront the 14 bands in the 3rd Section with Philip Sparke’s Evolutions being performed by the six bands in the 4th. The adjudicators will be announced in early November.