Established 1853 ~ The oldest, and original brass band contest


The finest brass bands in Britain vie for the coveted prize - the British Open Champion title, including famous names such as Black Dyke, Grimethorpe Colliery, Cory, Brighouse and Rastrick, Fodens, and Faireys, which provide the audience with an enthralling day of music.


Valaisia Brass Band

We are delighted to welcome Valaisia Brass Band to the British Open Brass Band Championship this year.

Valaisia Brass Band was formed in 2008, in the canton of Valais, in the French speaking part of  Switzerland.

The band is composed of established musicians from the region, as well as very young players , products of the thriving Valaisan brass band scene. The ensemble counts in its ranks several Valaisan and Swiss solo champions.

Valaisia Brass Band took part in the Swiss National Championships  for the first time in 2008. It won the top section title in 2010, 2015, 2016, allowing its musicians to represent Switzerland in the European Championship on three occasions. This year, in Ostende, the band reached second place.
The Valaisia Brass Band won the Swiss Open Championship title in Luzern in 2013 and was declared Swiss Brass Band of the Year in 2013 and 2015.

Conducted by its founder Arsène Duc, the musicians are looking forward to carrying the Swiss flag high at the British Open 2017.






Established in 1853, the British Open is we believe the oldest brass band contest in the world.

Karyn and Martin Mortimer further the outstanding legacy of the Open, maintaining the traditions and musical excellence of what we believe to be the oldest musical contest in the world.

The first and foremost contest for British bands, the competition has increasingly attracted enthusiasts from all over the world.

The Open aspires to preserve the established custom of encouraging new compositions to extend and question the boundaries of brass music, and to provide enjoyable challenge to participants, and absorbing entertainment for the audience.



Karyn & Martin Mortimer Contest Organisers

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