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Monday, 11 September 2017

David recently directed the Flowers Band at the 165th British Open Championships at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, performing Thierry Deleruyelle’s Fraternity.

Following several weeks of intense rehearsal, David and the Flowers band proudly competed at the 2017 British Open, opening the contest from the number one draw. Their performance of Fraternity drew an enthusiastic ovation from the crowd, and favourable feedback from the brass band press. David summed up the day as follows:

“It was a privilege to work on Thierry Deleruyelle's superb Fraternity, and to perform it with Flowers Band at the world's most prestigious brass band championship was an honour.

I was delighted with the performance we gave, and so proud of the players, especially our young soloists, which included Harry Mortimer Award recipient, Emily Evans, and the inspirational Stephen Sykes. To see Stephen play on the big stage again really did make my day.

Thanks to all involved in the organisation of the British Open for hosting such a fine Championship, and thanks also to the audience for the kind ovation and words of encouragement received.

Finally, a huge thank you to the players of Flowers Band, not just for your fine playing, but for all the effort that went into the preparation. On a personal level it was lovely to hear my talented wife Joanne play flugel again, and great to see my best man, Christopher Turner in a cornet section again.”

David sends his congratulations to all the prize winners at the competition, especially the newly crowned Champions, Valaisia under their inspirational conductor, Arsene Duc.

More information about the Flowers Band:

More information about the British Open:

Flowers BO 1The Flowers Band on stage in Symphony Hall.

Flowers BO 2Trombonist Steven Sykes receives an ovation from the audience.

Flowers BO 3The thrilling climax of Fraternity.

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