Besson Swiss Open

Date: 22 Sep 2018
Venue: Concert Hall, Culture and Congress Centre, Lucerne
Adjudicator(s): David Childs, Pascal Eicher, Maurice Hamers, Stephan Hodel, Howard Lorriman
Test piece: Phoenicia (Stephan Hodel)

Pos Band Conductor Test Piece Entertainment Total
Draw Points Pos Draw Points Pos points
1 Brass Band Berner Oberland Corsin Tuor 10 173 1 4 168 3 341
Prometheus (Franz Liszt arr Raphael Näf)
2 Brass Band Treize Etoiles James Gourlay 2 168 5 8 173 2 341
Mazeppa (Franz Liszt arr Bertrand Moren)
3 Brass Band Bürgermusik Luzern Michael Bach 1 160 7 7 178 1 338
Pini di Roma (Pini di Villa Borghese, Pini del Gianicolo and Pini della Via Appia) (Ottorino Respighi arr Howard Snell)
4 Ensemble de Cuivres Valaisan François Roh 4 169 3 6 168 3 337
Symphony No 2 (excerpts) (Alexander Borodin arr Julien Roh)
5 Brass Band Fribourg A Maurice Donnet-Money 5 169 3 9 166 6 335
Le Corsaire (Hector Berlioz arr Geoffrey Brand)
6 Brass Band Luzerner Hinterland Hervé Grélat 9 167 6 5 168 3 335
Concerto for Orchestra (Intermezzo interrotto and Finale) (Béla Bartók arr Sébastien Pasche)
7 Wallberg Band Ivan Meylemans 6 170 2 1 162 7 332
Feste romane (L'Ottobrata and La Befana) (Ottorino Respighi arr Howard Snell)
8 Liberty Brass Band Ostschweiz Stefan Roth 8 159 8 2 162 7 321
Symphonic Dances, Op 45 (Sergei Rachmaninov arr Julien Roh)
9 Oberaargauer Brass Band A Christoph Luchsinger 7 156 9 3 153 10 309
Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op 36 (Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov arr Bertrand Moren)
10 Constellation Brass Band Yvan Lagger 3 151 10 10 156 9 307
Firebird (excerpts) (Igor Stravinsky arr Ray Farr)

Best performance of contest march: Brass Band Berner Oberland (playing Black Knight (William Rimmer))
Best performance of orchestral transcription: Brass Band Bürgermusik Luzern (playing Pini di Roma (Respighi arr Snell))

For the entertainment programme, bands were required to play an orchestral transcription, plus a march from a prescribed list.

Links to videos of set test, march and classical arrangement performances as follows:

Brass Band Berner Oberland

Brass Band Treize Etoiles

Brass Band Bürgermusik Luzern

Ensemble de Cuivres Valaisan

Brass Band Fribourg A

Brass Band Luzerner Hinterland

Wallberg Band

Liberty Brass Band Ostschweiz

Oberaargauer Brass Band A

Constellation Brass Band

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.