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What the judges said about the 2019 British Open winners...

Written remarks of Cory's performance emphasise the brilliance of their title victory...

Cory
  Cory claimed the 2019 title at Symphony Hall

This is what the judges wrote in their remarks about Cory's winning performance at the 167th British Open Championship.

Band Number 16: Cory

Fantastic sounds to start — Bravo

So enthralling to listen and admire

So much admirable skills shown in cadenza

B-C includes v(ery) fine euph cadenza
C — perc impress to start and then it continues through into the fanfares

Very effective (sic) into K — Bravo

K — Some insecurities to note but quickly detail emerges so imaginative and clearly executed.

Quartet so well crafted and exacting. Bravo.

Captivating s(olo) horn section and flugel — so well poised. Perc effective

HH — so well managed and spaced — troms too.

II — enthralling intense listening — wonderful

JJ — excellent singing flowing style

So much excellence and character

Overall: Bravo — Thank you

Nigel Boddice


Excellent opening & outstanding solo cornet.

B not quite together or in tune.

Euph does well & good start to 'War'

This goes at a well measured pace with menacing character. K not quite clean to start, but some nice character & theatricality.

Good troms and some fine clarity & neatness of ensemble.

Good before CC, but CC should start stronger- fine quartet passage — bari! Lovely octaves.

Farewell is assured & quite slow , but effective and touching. Soloists do well.

HH — good quality in soloists again.

II — a little drawn out, but nicely shaped.

Good link into JJ which is measured but artfully shaped. Spirited sop into OO (you went for it anyway!). SS is good & TT flowingly sustained with beautiful sounds. Rather drawn out close, but hell, why not enjoy it!

Scintillating stuff! The balance of musicality, solo work, accuracy & tonal quality was simply outstanding.

Stephen Roberts

Scintillating stuff! The balance of musicality, solo work, accuracy & tonal quality was simply outstandingStephen Roberts

1. Harry — first note — wow! Beautiful opening..... — stunning cornet playing. Compelling ensemble at B. What a start!

2. War — love the tempo! F/G atmospheric — great sop ay I and again at J.

3. Theatre — musically and genuinely, authentically effective with strong lines. Electric in drama before CC.

Real musical authority from euphonium (baris) 5. Together — beautiful. Just slightest of blemishes but just wow!

6. Farewell — again beautifully reflecting the story line — solo honr — good flugel/euph. HH — musical/poised baritone and then trombone — this is some performance!!

II — Very expressive ensemble and happy ending.

7. Amen — the fugue works well here — appropriate tempo. Transition into NN effective. Trumpet shall sound — real drama/ a minor blemish but this does not spoil it! Lovely before TT.

TT/ is just gorgeous.

What a performance!!

Thank you

Stephen Cobb

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