Besson Swiss Open

Date: 25 Sep 2021
Venue: Concert Hall, Culture and Congress Centre, Lucerne
Adjudicator(s): Carlo Balmelli, Ian Bousfield, Pascal Eicher, Maurice Hamers, Howard Lorriman
Test piece: Dynasty (Peter Graham)

Pos Band Conductor Set Piece Own Choice Total
Draw Points Pos Draw Points Pos points
1 Brass Band Treize Etoiles Frédéric Théodoloz 5 175 1 9 178 1 353
Le Roi d'Ys (Edouard Lalo arr Frank Wright)
2 Ensemble de Cuivres Valaisan François Roh 4 173 4 6 176 2 349
Le Corsaire (Hector Berlioz arr Geoffrey Brand)
3 Valaisia Brass Band Arsène Duc 2 167 5 5 172 3 339
Les Francs-Juges (Hector Berlioz arr Frank Wright)
4 Brass Band Bürgermusik Luzern Michael Bach 6 174 2 1 163 6 337
Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op 36 (Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov arr ? ?)
5 Brass Band Berner Oberland Corsin Tuor 8 174 2 2 158 8 332
Rienzi Overture (Richard Wagner arr Howard Lorriman)
6 Brass Band Fribourg A Maurice Donnet-Money 9 164 7 3 166 4 330
Hunnenschlacht (The Battle of the Huns) (Franz Liszt arr Bertrand Moren)
7 Brass Band Luzerner Hinterland Roland Fröscher 7 167 5 4 162 7 329
La Forza del Destino (Guiseppe Verdi arr Frank Wright)
8 Oberaargauer Brass Band A Christoph Luchsinger 3 156 9 7 166 4 322
Polovtsian Dances (from Prince Igor) (Alexander Borodin arr ? ?)
9 Liberty Brass Band Ostschweiz Stefan Roth 1 160 8 8 155 9 315
Les Préludes (Franz Liszt arr Bram Gay)
W Wallberg Band   - - - - - - -

Best soloist in set piece: Jeremy Coquoz (soprano cornet, Brass Band Treize Etoiles)
Best performance of own-choice test: Brass Band Treize Etoiles (playing Le Roi d'Ys)

For their own-choice piece, bands were required to play an orchestral transcription from a prescribed list.

Links to videos of set test and own-choice performances as follows:

Brass Band Treize Etoiles
set test  own-choice

Ensemble de Cuivres Valaisan
set test  own-choice

Valaisia Brass Band
set test  own-choice

Brass Band Bürgermusik Luzern
set test  own-choice

Brass Band Berner Oberland
set test own-choice

Brass Band Fribourg A
set test  own-choice

Brass Band Luzerner Hinterland
set test  own-choice

Oberaargauer Brass Band A
set test  own-choice

Liberty Brass Band Ostschweiz
set test  own-choice

The adjudicators were in separate boxes and each awarded placings for each band for both the set test piece and the orchestral transcription.  1st place is then converted to 60 points, 2nd place 59 points, and so on.  The highest and lowest marks awarded to each band were discarded and hence a maximum of 360 points (2 x 180) were available.  Points scored for the own choice march were not included in the overall mark and were for the purpose of deciding the special march prize only.