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'Inspirational' preparations for Norwegian Nationals

Sunday 2 February, 2020

Fjell Brass from Øygarden, near Bergen (Norway) recently enjoyed a visit from Cory principal cornet virtuoso Tom Hutchinson in its preparation for the Norwegian National Championship.

Tom spent the weekend instructing the band, providing valuable insight into contesting and how to build a better band. At the end of the weekend, he featured as a soloist in a concert with Fjell Brass, which also featured the band’s musical director, tuba soloist Joseph William Cook.

The Cory Band’s principal cornet player performed several solos including William Himes’ Jubilance and Someone Cares. In between his own showpieces, he took the baton and conducted while the MD played (and sang) his tuba solos, including Song for the Skies and Grumpy Troll.

The soloists also teamed up to perform Tears for Pachelbel. The event also featured the Norwegian premiere of Fjell Brass’ test piece for the National Championship, Jan de Haan’s The Patriots, where Tom kindly stepped in on flugelhorn at the last minute.

A spokesperson for Fjell Brass told British Bandsman: “The weekend was a great success for the band and Tom’s input provided lots of inspiration for the band members. The concept is becoming a tradition for the band as in previous years, we have had visits from Black Dyke’s principal cornet player, Richard Marshall.

"Without doubt it is becoming an essential part of Fjell Brass’ preparations for the most important contest of the year.”

Looking back on his trip, Tom Hutchinson said: "It was great to spend the weekend with my old friend Joe Cook and the members of Fjell Brass. We spent a long day in full and sectional rehearsals before performing in concert.

"I was amazed at how hard everyone was working, practising and dedicating their whole lives around their preparations for this contest, and I wish them all the very best."

Image by Njål Arnar Johansen.