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2021 Scottish Open: result

Sunday 28 November, 2021

Celebrations were in order for Whitburn Band after it secured a seventh consecutive Scottish Open title in Perth.

The West Lothian band triumphed with its performance of Gallery, by Howard Snell, one of the handful of pieces bands were able to select from for the contest, which returned on Saturday, November 27, following a COVID-enforced absence in 2020.

Conducted by Nicholas Childs, Whitburn turned in a dominant performance, impressing adjudicators Paul Holland and Steven Mead, claiming the title ahead of Reg Vardy Band in second and a resurgent Kirkintilloch Band in third.

COVID measures were in place for all of those present in Perth Concert Hall, and bands sat in a distanced fashion on stage.

There were two withdrawals, with Rainford Band (COVID-related) and 1st Old Boys (weather) unable to attend, leaving 13 bands to compete for the title of Scottish Open champion.

A full report from the Scottish Open will appear in the next edition of British Bandsman.



Adjudicators: Steven Mead and Paul Holland

1) Whitburn Band - Nicholas Childs 195

2) Reg Vardy - Steve Malcolm 192

3) The Kirkintilloch Band - David Roberts 190

4) Easington Colliery Band - Ray Farr 189

5) The cooperation band - Michael Fowles 188

6) Bon-Accord Silver - Adam Cooke 187

7) Unison Kinneil - Raymond Tennant 186

8) Dalmellington - Gary Williams 185

9) Elland Silver - Daniel Brooks 184

10) East London Brass - Jayne Murrill 183

11) Fishburn - Lewis Wilkinson 182

12) Kirkintilloch Kelvin Brass - David Thornton 181

13) Bo-ness and Carriden - Nigel Boddice MBE 180

Withdrawn: Rainford and 1st Old Boys


Neil Philip Memorial Trophy for best euphonium: Andrew Hedley, Reg Vardy

4barsrest Award for best soloist: Scott Forrest, soprano, Whitburn


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