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DFDS Seaways crowns inaugural open brass band contest winner in Dover 

Date published: 14 February

Event culminated with a performance from European and British band champions The Cory Band.

15 brass bands from all over Europe gathered over the weekend to compete for a cash prize and a recording contract, in a unique brass band contest sponsored by DFDS Seaways.

Cory Band member on the trumpet 

The ‘X Factor style’ contest was held in Dover and saw bands from all sections competing for the sought after prize, performing three pieces in front of a panel of adjudicators.

A Belgian band, the ‘Brass Band Heist’ was crowned as the winner, and a prize was also awarded to the best soloist, Tetsura Okamura, from the Regent Brass Band in North London (who, along with the winner will also receive a recording contract with New Eden Studio in Dover). The Brass Band Gent was named the best non-Championship band.

Cory Band's evening performance iN Dover 

 The event culminated in an evening concert, featuring the European and British Brass Band Open Champions, the Cory Band as lead performers.

Graham Harvey, Contest Director, said: “The competition was a hard fought contest, and the calibre of bands that we had were extremely high. The Brass Band Heist just managed to pip the other bands to the post, but we want to say congratulations to all that took part. We were also delighted to welcome the Cory Band to the evening concert, which was the perfect ending to what turned out to be a thrilling day.

Andrew Kelly, Marketing Manager, DFDS Seaways English Channel, said: “We were delighted to support this event, encouraging musicians to get together from the UK and Europe to compete in Dover. The event was a great success and we were extremely impressed with the performances from the bands that took part.”

DFDS Seaways sails from Dover – Dunkirk up to 12 times a day and crossings take around two hours. 17th February also sees the launch of a Dover to Calais route, together with LD Lines. For more information about DFDS Seaways, or to find out about the latest sailing times and book tickets, visit www.dfdsseaways.co.uk or telephone 0871 574 7241.



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