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The brass band time capsule - Garry Cutt

Monday 13 September, 2021

Regular attenders of the British Open Championship are lamenting another year without the prestigious event, albeit 2022 will hopefully bring not one but two British Open contests.

Martyn Ramsay returns with a fascinating Brass Band Time Capsule, which shines a spotlight on the British Open of 2004, as experienced by Garry Cutt.


As millions throughout the country tuned in to the debut of a new tv show called The X Factor, Garry Cutt was thinking wistfully about a very different kind of musical contest that was taking place in a fortnight’s time. For the second year in a row he would be attending the British Open – a contest that had given him some of the best moments in his conducting career and where he had only missed competing one year in the previous 15 – as a listener.

As musical director of Leyland at that time, although he had triumphed at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool in the March at the North West Areas, the next visit in May had brought only frustration with a number one draw at the Grand Shield and an 11th placed finish on Les Preludes.

Later that week he made an opportune visit to Oldham where he met up with his old friends Johnathon Webster and Glynn Williams. Assuming that he would be involved at the Symphony Hall the next weekend they asked how preparations wwereas going. “I’m not there. Leyland didn’t qualify,” said Garry. “When I said that I saw a reaction but nothing was said at that point. Within an hour of getting home I had a telephone call from Colin Short (the band manager at Foden’s) asking if I could take it to the British Open? I started that evening.”


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