*
banner

2018 4BR Player of the Year

There were some pretty remarkable players on our list this year — but one stood out from the rest.

Thomas
  Chris Thomas of Cory has been on fantastic form all year

Winner: Chris Thomas (Cory)

2. Tom Hutchinson (Cory)
3. Glen Van Looy (Valaisia Brass Band)


It was a bit of battle between two Cory stars this year for the prestigious Player of the Year accolade.

In the end it went to Chris Thomas, the superb solo trombone of the Cory Band — who picked up 5 first choice preferences and 3 podium votes from the panel.

Like a fine wine he seems to get better with age (and he's still young enough to win this award many more times to come in the future) and in 2018 he was simply outstanding on every contest, concert and recording platform.

The individual solo accolades he picked up for his performances on the televised Band Cymru competition, the National Championships of Great Britain and Brass in Concert were also richly deserved.

Superb year

Just behind him with 3 first choice preference votes and 3 podium votes came Cory principal Tom Hutchinson, who also enjoyed a superb year — and which also included the release of his critically acclaimed solo CD, 'This Way'.

Remarkable talents

Former winner Glenn Van Looy was third this year (he was runner-up in 2017), reminding everyone once again of his remarkable talents wherever he went — and also including his own acclaimed CD release, 'Lost Treasures Volume 2'. He gained 1 first preference choice and 3 podium votes.

Like a fine wine he seems to get better with age (and he's still young enough to win this award many more times to come in the future) and in 2018 he was simply outstanding on every contest, concert and recording platform4BR

Past Winners:


2017: David Morton
2016: Helen Williams
2015: David Childs
2014: David Childs
2013: Glenn Van Looy
2012: Steve Stewart
2011: Glen Van Looy
2010: David Childs
2009: Mark Wilkinson
2008: Peter Moore
2007: Hans Gansch
2006: Katrina Marzella
2005: David Childs
2004: David Childs
2003: Martin Winter
2002: Morgan Griffiths
2001: Peter Roberts

Panel:

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).

Become a supporter and help make our future secure.

4barsrest continues to be a proudly independent voice. There are no paywalls to overcome to be able to enjoy what we do to keep our journalism at the heart of the brass banding world. Support us with a one-off donation or subscribe from just £2.50 per month.

Support us    


Jokes

On the 1st Day of Christmas...

December 1 • My true love said to me... Have you heard the one about?


Cory

New Year treat from Cory

December 1 • The world's number 1 brass band will be offering players a chance to keep up those New Year's practice resolutions.


BBLNI

Report & Results: 2020 Brass Band League online solo contest

December 1 • There was a fantastic response from entrants in taking part in the Brass Band League Northern Ireland online solo competition — and plenty of fantastic playing on show too.


covid

New English Covid-19 guidance from BBE

December 1 • Brass Bands England publishes new Coronavirus pandemic advice to take effect from 3rd December.


The Marple Band - Marple Band Family Christmas Concert

Friday 18 December • Marple Conservative Club, church Lane, Marple, SK6 6AY


Black Dyke Band - Brighouse & Rastrick, Huddersfield Town Hall

Saturday 27 March • Corporation St, Huddersfield HD1 2TA


Contest: 100thSpring Festival

Saturday 8 May • 97 Church St, Blackpool, FY1 1HL


Contest: Whit Friday March Contests

Friday 28 May • Saddleworth & Tameside OL3


Contest: 168th British Open

Saturday 11 September • Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham. B1 2EA


Foss Dyke Band

November 30 • Front Row Cornet vacancy still up for grabs! Come and join Foss and enjoy our newly refurbished band room with newly appointed MD David Dernley. Foss Dyke are a 1st Section Band with a moderate contest and concert schedule.


Chadderton Band

November 17 • Chadderton Band is a non-contesting band playing at various events throughout the year. We are a friendly band looking for players of all ages and abilities on all sections + EUPH and percussion. Most welcome to come along and have a blow give us a try.


Crewe Brass

November 12 • Crewe Brass require an Eb or Bb Bass to complete the "engine room" line up. We are also seeking a Tuned Percussionist to complete our section.


Mike Sheppard

B.A. (Hons) Music
Composer, conductor, teacher, author


               

 © 2020 4barsrest.com Ltd