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Wednesday 31 March, 2021

Celebrations were in order for Whitburn Band, which took the 2021 Kapitol Cory Online Brass Band Championship title back to Scotland following a triumphant digital display.  

Produced by the band’s percussionist Ryan Bradley, Whitburn’s 1930s-inspired programme took top spot at the innovative brass band festival, which featured almost 100 bands from around the world participating over several weekends in March.

Whitburn’s performance contained three pieces. The West Lothian band started with Sing, Sing, Sing (With A Swing) before euphonium soloists Scott Kerr and Chris Shanks were featured in Another Fine Mess!, an arrangement by Sandy Smith of the music from Laurel and Hardy. The band’s programme concluded with Matthew Hall’s Nightingale Dances.  

As well as winning the overall award, Whitburn’s performance won the prizes for best euphoniums and baritones, best trombones and best percussion.  The victory for Whitburn was the culmination of a year of virtual performances, some of which have featured on Scottish Television and the social media of Classic FM.  Overall, the band has had hundreds of thousands of views of its work on social media since the pandemic began.

Charlie Farren, Whitburn Band chairman, said: “We are obviously delighted with the victory and congratulate all the bands and to Cory for putting on this wonderful event.  

“The contest has given bands from around the world the opportunity to showcase our talents.  

“We all want banding to get back as soon as possible, and this needs to happen sooner rather than later while keeping everybody safe.”  

Watch Whitburn’s entire performance from the Cory contest, as well as its other online performances, on its YouTube and Facebook pages. 


Kapitol Cory Online Championships 2021                                       
* = Tie-breaker judge where points were equal                   
Championship Section
Tom Hutchinson, Steve Stewart*, Nigel Seaman, Total
1)    Whitburn Band                       2          1          2          5
2)    Amersham Band                     1          2          4          7
3)    Friary Brass Band                    3          3          1          7
4)    The Gus Band                          5          4          3          12
5)    Paris Brassband                      4          5          5          14
6)    Enderby                                   7          6          6          19
7)    Brunel Brass                            6          10        8          24
8)    Easington Colliery                   8          7          12        27
9)    City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) M1 Band 11      8          10        29
10) St Dennis                                 9          13        7          29
11) UNISON Kinneil Band              12        9          9          30
12) Aldbourne Band                      10        11        13        34
13) Lyngby-Taarbaek Brass Band  14        12        11        37
14) Lydbrook                                 13        14        16        43
15) Michelmersh Silver Band        15        15        15        45
16) Filton Concert Brass                16        16        14        46
Best Section Awards  
Cornets: GUS Band
Horns: City of Cardiff (M1)
Euphs: Whitburn
Troms: Whitburn
Basses: Friary
Percussion: Whitburn
Special Awards           
Best Soloist: Dan Robson (Bb Cornet) Easington Colliery
Best Regional Music: The GUS Band
Most Entertaining Programme: Amersham