The Cory Band is crowned 2013 Champion Band of Europe, with MD Philip Harper leading his band to a fingertip victory at Oslo's Konserthus. It was, however, a very close run thing with Eikanger-Bjorsvik Musikklag, under the direction of Professor David King, taking second place by the narrowest of margins.
Our congratulations go to Philip Harper and The Cory Band on their impressive win.
We would also like to mention and congratulate Northern Ireland's Adam Cooke who was runner up in the Conductor's Competition on Thursday.
Full Results are as under;
Set work: Phillip McCann, Ivan Meylemans, Preben Norgoord
Own Choice: Garry Cutt, Arsene Duc, Cathrine Winnes Trevino
Test Piece: 'Myth Forest' (Stig Nordhagen)
1. Cory (5/2) 95/96 = 191 pts
2. Eikanger-Bjorsvik Musikklag (8/4) 94/97 = 191pts
Professor David King
3. Black Dyke (10/5) 92/94 = 186pts
Dr Nicholas Childs
4.Brassband Buizingen (3/10) 89/95 = 184pts
5. Brass Band Schoonhoven (2/6) 91/91 = 182pts
6. Brass Band Friborg (9/7) 90/92 = 182pts
7. Leyland (6/9) 88/93 = 181pts
8. Paris Brass Band (1/1) 87/90 = 177pts
9. Windcorp Brass Band (11/3) 85/88 = 173pts
10. Brass Band Oberosterreich (4/11) 83/89 = 172pts
11. Lyngby-Taarbaek (7/8) 84/87 = 171pts
Solo Prize: Richard Marshall, (Cornet), Black Dyke
Earlier, on Thursday evening, at the beginning of the European Contest Championships the first major title of the week was decided in Oslo, when Kalle Kuusava of Finland won the 6th European Conductors Contest.
Kalle claimed the first prize of 3,000 Euros after he impressed the international panel of adjudicators with his direction of Robert Simpson's 'Energy'.
Adam Cooke of the United Kingdom was runner up, with Dominik Koch of Germany in third.
The Oslo band members were impressed by Northern Ireland's Adam Cooke, representing the UK.
The Becontree Brass MD, showed a great deal of confidence in leading them through a finely structured performance of Edward Gregson's, 'Dances & Arias' to claim the 2,000 second place award, as well win the 'Band Award' for his fine efforts.
Adam was delighted at his achievement, which he felt would have a great impact upon his future development as a conductor.
"I'm thrilled to have come runner up, as the quality of the competitors not just in the final was incredible," he said. "I'm so glad that I took the opportunity to come here, and I really do think the experience will benefit both me and the bands I conduct in future."
1. Kalle Kuusava [Finland] ('Energy')
2. Adam Cooke [England] ('Dances & Arias')
3. Dominik Koch [Germany] ('Contest Music')
Kalle Kuusava also won the Audience Prize, whilst Adam Cooke won the Band Prize.
Results courtesy of 4barsrest