Besson Swiss Open

Date: 24 Sep 2022
Venue: Concert Hall, Culture and Congress Centre, Lucerne
Adjudicator(s): Carlo Balmelli, Ian Bousfield, Holger Bronner, Howard Lorriman, Stephen Roberts
Test piece: The Other Side of Silence (Stephen Roberts)

Pos Band Conductor Test Piece Own Choice Total
Draw Points Pos Draw Points Pos points
1 Brass Band Berner Oberland Corsin Tuor 4 171 3 7 171 3 342
Pini di Roma (Pini di Villa Borghese, Pini del Gianicolo and Pini della Via Appia) (Ottorino Respighi arr Howard Snell)
2 Brass Band Treize Etoiles Frédéric Théodoloz 1 162 8 9 178 1 340
Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op 28 (Richard Strauss arr Reid Gilje)
3 Brass Band Luzerner Hinterland Roland Fröscher 5 172 2 8 167 5 339
Benvenuto Cellini (Hector Berlioz arr Frank Wright)
4 Brass Band Bürgermusik Luzern Michael Bach 2 163 7 6 176 2 339
Feste romane (L'Ottobrata and La Befana) (Ottorino Respighi arr Howard Snell)
5 Ensemble de Cuivres Valaisan François Roh 10 171 3 2 164 7 335
Firebird (excerpts) (Igor Stravinsky arr Ray Farr)
6 Oberaargauer Brass Band A Patrick Ottiger 7 173 1 5 158 8 331
Les Vêpres Siciliennes (Guiseppe Verdi arr Bram Gay)
7 Wallberg Band Ivan Meylemans 9 165 6 3 166 6 331
Le Carnaval Romain (Hector Berlioz arr Howard Lorriman)
8 Brass Band Fribourg A Maurice Donnet-Money 8 170 5 1 155 9 325
Carnival Overture (Anton Dvorak arr Geoffrey Brand)
9 Liberty Brass Band Ostschweiz Stefan Roth 3 156 10 10 169 4 325
Colas Breugnon Overture (Dmitry Kabalevsky arr Malcolm Bennett)
10 Ensemble de Cuivres Euphonia Véronique Gyger-Pitteloud 6 161 9 4 153 10 314
Le Roi d'Ys (Edouard Lalo arr Frank Wright)

Best percussion in set piece: Oberaargauer Brass Band

Best performance of own-choice test: Brass Band Treize Etoiles (playing Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op 28)

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 Berner Oberland

Brass Band Treize Etoiles

Brass Band Luzerner Hinterland

Brass Band Bürgermusik Luzern

Ensemble de Cuivres Valaisan

Oberaargauer Brass Band A

Wallberg Band

Brass Band Fribourg A

Liberty Brass Band Ostschweiz

Ensemble de Cuivres Euphonia

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.