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British Open Coverage 2002:
Saturday 14 September

The Venue:
Birmingham Symphony Hall
Broad Street
B1 2EJ

Ticket Hotline: 0121 780 3333
Disabled Bookings: 0121 780 4949

4BR Coverage:

  • Live from Birmingham - more
    Follow the days events here on 4BR. Draw, comments and full results as they happen

  • Introduction to the 150th British Open - more
    Brief intro to this year's event

  • Runners and riders - more...
    Band by band analysis and our usual dodgy predictions

  • Harry Mortimer Centenary Concert - more...
    Symphony Hall, Birmingham
    September 15th 2002

  • Be my Strength and Shield - more...
    We take a look at the qualifiers from the Grand Shield from as far back as 1991. It makes for some interesting reading.

  • The Track Record – The Conductors - more...
    Certain conductors seem to fancy certain contests, but all conductors want to be able to say that they have won the British Open Championships. Find out how each has performed over the years

  • FREE: Results to your mobile phone - more...
    Get the British Open results sent straight to your mobile as soon as the results are announced

  • British Open 2002 Challenge - more...
    Pick all the prize winners and win some CDs and a couple of tickets for the 4BR box for the Nationals in the Royal Albert Hall in October

  • The Lottery Draw - more...
    Does your draw determine the result? Check out this article where we anaylse the placings since 1970

  • 150 Useless facts and figures - more...
    We published 100 last year, so here's another 50...

  • Test Piece review - more...
    The Maunsell Forts by John McCabe

  • British Open Quiz - more...
    Win a couple of brand new CDs

  • British Open 2001 in retrospect - more...
    Retrospective look at the British Open Contest 2001 - where was it won and lost?

  • 2001 results - more...
    Full results for last year and previous years

  • Harry Mortimer - more...
    HM was born 100 years ago this year.


This weekend sees the magnificent Symphony Hall in Birmingham host the 150th British Open Brass Band Championships and the Harry Mortimer Centenary Celebration Concert.

Over two days, a hopefully full house should enjoy 19 of the best bands in the UK performing a very fine set work – John McCabe’s, “The Maunsell Forts” and some showboating performances at the concert on the Sunday. The 150th Open promises to be a very close run thing as there are sure to be a number of superb performances of the test piece and the three judges (who ever they are) are sure to have a stern test in finding the winners. What they would give to adjudicate the Sunday concerts.

We’ve given our usual amount of pre contest coverage, which we hope you have found interesting, annoying, boring… whatever - at least we give more than the usual couple of pages you get elsewhere.

We’ll be there on the day as well and we hope to bring you the usual coverage band by band as well as giving you the results direct to your mobile phones as soon as they have left the lips of the compere.

We’ll be doing coverage of the Harry Mortimer Concerts and will bring you our usual post match analysis as soon as we get back. All that and then we’re off to Torquay…..

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