A Message from Martin & Karyn
Following recent discussions with the competing bands and the management of Birmingham Symphony Hall, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2021 British Open Championship, due to be held at Symphony Hall in Birmingham on Saturday 11th September.
The 2021 British Open will now take place on Sunday 23rd January 2022, with the 2022 contest taking place as planned on Saturday 10th September 2022. Both events will be staged at Symphony Hall, supported as before by Besson.
As organisers, we have had to take into consideration the extensive issues surrounding the potential constraints and safety measures required as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and the management of Symphony Hall have supported the decision to postpone until January, although at present their own Sunday Gala Concert promotion featuring Black Dyke and Cory will go ahead as planned.
We share everyone’s desire to return to contesting, so this is not a decision we have taken lightly, but whilst generally the situation is improving, we are mindful of potential concerns from both our audience and competing bands.
“’The World Rejoicing’ by Edward Gregson is a wonderful work that we have all looked forward to. It is therefore important to ensure that all the invited bands have the opportunity to take part and deliver their best performance, mindful of the challenges many are facing in terms of rehearsal time and the uncertainty regarding their members being available to play on the day because of the ongoing Covid-19 situation.
Alongside this, we also feel it is important for our audience to enjoy the experience of the day’s contesting in the relaxed environment we are all accustomed to at Symphony Hall.
Please note that all tickets purchased for the 11th September 2021 event will remain valid for the new date of Sunday January 23rd 2022.
Symphony Hall B.Music box office will be in contact with those who have purchased tickets and will provide details around this process, or in relation to claiming a refund if you are unable to attend in January.
We would like to thank the bands and our audience for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you in Symphony Hall in January.
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