Creating a buzz at the National Youth Championships

Issue 5965

All the fun of the big event at Warwick University

BBC success for Isobel Daws and Thomas Nielsen

European stage awaits in Utrecht

Home win at Swiss Open Championship

Wednesday 11 October, 2017

Brass Band Burgermusik Luzern, conducted by Michael Bach, won the Swiss Open Championship title in the magnificent KKL Concert Hall in the band’s home town on 23 September, its first win in the event since 2011. Peter Graham’s Metropolis 1927 was the set test-piece for the ten competing bands, with each also required to perform a march and an orchestral transcription, which in the case of Luzern was Roman Festivals (Respighi arr. Snell).


Brass Band 13 Etoiles (James Gourlay) took a distant second place, with Brass Band Berner Oberland (Corsin Tudor) third and Wallberg Band (Philip Harper), a ‘scratch’ band of leading players from around Europe in fourth place. The full results were:


1. Brass Band Burgermusik Luzern (Michael Bach) 170 (test-piece) + 179 (own-choice) = 349

2. Brass Band 13 Etoiles (James Gourlay) 165+177 = 342

3. Brass Band Berner Oberland (Corsin Tuor) 172+167 = 339

4. Wallberg Band (Philip Harper) 177+161 = 338

5. Ensemble de Cuivres Valaisan (Francois Roh) 165+170 = 335

6. Brass Band Fribourg (Maurice Donnet-Monay) 169+160 = 329

7. Brass Band Luzern Land (Hervé Grélat) 162+165 = 327

8. Ensemble de Cuivres Mélodia (Vincent Baroni) 160+166 = 326

9. Oberaargauer Brass Band (Christoph Luchsinger) 158+158 = 316

10. Liberty Brass Band Ostschweiz (Andreas Koller) 156+160 = 316

Best March: Brass Band 13 Etoiles (James Gourlay)

Best Own Choice: Brass Band Burgermusik Luzern (Michael Bach)


Adjudicators: Carlo Balmelli, Roman Brogli-Sacher, David Childs, Pascal Eicher, Howard Lorriman.