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Monday 22 February, 2021

Cory Band and UniBrass are to team up to present the University Section in the forthcoming Kapitol Cory Online Championships, welcoming the UniBrass Foundation as a major partner of the competition.

Taking place on Friday, March 19 at 6pm and broadcast live on Cory Band’s YouTube channel, the University Section will see 11 bands from the UK and the USA competing for the title at a time when all ‘in-person’ competition has been cancelled, including the popular UniBrass Championships event.

On the judging panel for the evening will be Chris Osborn, one of the founders of UniBrass back in 2009. Chris was a participant in the UniBrass contest on six occasions with Lancaster University – three as a player and three as a conductor – so knows the format of university banding inside out. He then served as a trustee of the UniBrass Foundation and organised and presented the live-streaming of the event from 2015-2017, as well as hosting the Shield Section in 2019 and 2020.

Speaking of his appearance as a judge Chris commented: “I’m very excited to be involved in UniBrass again, although in a way that none of us could have imagined just a year ago. I’ve been involved in UniBrass since the very beginning, performing, hosting the contest and the livestreams over the last 10 years and I can’t wait to hear the performances all of the bands have put together for this year’s contest.”

Meanwhile, in the absence of the UniBrass contest, organisers are planning the release of UniBrass: The Lockdown Collection – the first album of its kind, featuring tracks recorded in a distance-banding style by 14 different university bands. The album will be launched on streaming platforms (Spotify, iTunes, WOBplay etc) in the next few weeks.

Organising committee chair Voirrey Baker explained: “We are delighted to be showcasing the talent of university brass bands, in this exciting new album, on top of the Kapitol Cory Online Championships. Giving bands opportunities to perform is so important at this moment in brass banding history.”

Philip Harper, Cory Band’s musical director, said: “We were delighted when UniBrass agreed to link up with us for our latest competition and the addition of Chris to the judging panel will only enhance what is sure to be a lively contest. It’s a pleasure to work with such a forward-looking organisation as UniBrass and we welcome them warmly as partners.”

The Kapitol Cory Online Championships will be broadcast on Cory Band’s YouTube channel across the following three weekends from Friday, March 12 until Sunday, March 28.