Winner: Life Force (Peter Moore)
2. 56Â° North (Mike Lovatt)
3. This Way (Tom Hutchinson)
Peter Moore's utterly superb display of masterful musicianship is the deserved winner of the Solo CD of the Year award — gaining 5 first preference votes from our panel of 10 experts and 3 podium votes.
From Brahms to Pryor, it is a consummate recital display of artistry, musicality and technique from the principal trombone player of the London Symphony Orchestra — who is still just 22 years of age.
It also says a great deal about Moore's playing that an astonishing release from Mike Lovatt had to be content with coming runner-up. It gained 3 first preference choices from the panel and 5 podium votes.
In any other year his display of virtuosity on 56Â° North (backed by some brilliant accompaniment) would have romped home.
Fans of the Cory principal cornet Tom Hutchinson may be a touch disappointed that his release didn't win, but he is in some of the finest brass playing company in the world here on the podium.
A wonderful showcase of mature musicality and composure, 'This Way' gained 1 first preference vote and 5 podium votes.
Our congratulations to all those who were nominated — the quality of the releases this year was outstanding.
From Brahms to Pryor, it is a consummate recital display of artistry, musicality and technique from the principal trombone player of the London Symphony Orchestra — who is still just 22 years of age4BR
2017: The Demonic Virtuoso — Owen Farr
2016: Fantasy — Philip Cobb
2015: Parallel Realities — David Thornton
2014: The Symphonic Euphonium — David Childs
2013: Stories of Life — Glenn Van Looy
2012: Diamonds — Steven Mead
2011: Dreaming of the Masters — Jens Lindemann
2010: Moto Perpetuo — David Childs
2009: Salt of the Earth — Les Neish
2008: Audacious — Steven Mead
2007: Eminence — Richard Marshall
2006: The World of the Euphonium: Volume 5 — Steven Mead
2005: Blaze — Richard Marshall
2004: Legend — Peter Roberts
2003: A Winters Tale — Martin Winter
The Awards Panel consisted of : Iwan Fox (Editor 4BR); Malcolm Wood (Chief Contributor); Steven Mead (euphonium soloist); Gordon Simpson (statistician Brass Band World magazine); Chris Thomas (Chief Contributor Brass Band World magazine); Kenny Crookston (CEO, Brass Bands England); Frode Rydland (EBBA Music Commission/soprano cornet Bjorsvik Brass); Alexander Zwann (Chief contributor CU Brass); Tom Davoren (conductor/composer); Tim Mutum (writer/brass band recording and history specialist).