There were some wonderful solo performances for the judges to consider as the Salford Awards were up for grabs.
The organizers of the Salford International Online Brass Soloist Competition 2021 have thanked the participants for their outstanding performance following the announcement of the event’s results.
Alan Hobbins, Jeremie Favre and Elliot Gray, told 4BR: “We would like to thank all the entrants. The standard in both the preliminaries and finals was very high – something which was echoed by our three judges videos on our Facebook page in the preliminaries.
It was great to hear new players from the UK and Europe perform and we will be following them all with great interest in their musical journeys in the future.”
The judges for the competition were Tom Hutchinson, Brett Baker and Mark Wilkinson, while generous support for the initiative came from Band Supplies Leeds and composer Dan Price, who kindly donated a solo with accompaniment that can be selected from his music catalog.
There were some familiar faces taking the awards, with Nayan Shah, the principal cornet of the National Childrens’ Band of Great Britain, taking the prize in the Under 14s category. Nyan recently performed ‘Bugler’s Holiday’ on stage at the Royal Albert Hall with Black Dyke Band at the UK National Championships Gala Concert.
Oriane Bruckel from Switzerland won the prize for 15-17 years. Oriane has been a successful participant in several solo competitions, winning this year’s Salford Online Competition and the Junior Category of the Swiss Solo & Quartet Championships.
The Blue Riband Open Section was also claimed by one of the banding movement’s emerging young stars, as Luke Barker, captain of Britain’s National Youth Band and a member of Flowers Band, added to his growing roster of achievements.
Under 14 years:
1. Nayan Shah (Cornet) – Great Britain’s National Children’s Band
2. Izzy Deans (Cornet) – Chichester City Band
3. Vincent Pralong (trombone) – Echo de la Dent-Blanche
15 to 17 years:
1. Oriane Bruckel (Cornet) — La Lyre Conthey
2. Lewis Barton (Cornet) – Elland Silver Band
3. Margot Sauthier (Cornet) – Valais Brass Band La Contheysanne
Open Section 18’s and over
1. Luke Barker (Cornet) – Flowers Band
2. Danny Jones (euphonium) – Aldbourne Band
3. Lucie Vergere (Eb Trumpet) – La Concordia Vetroz