On Saturday 1st September 2012, Virtuosi GUS competed in the 160th British Open Championship at Symphony Hall, Birmingham.
Widely regarded as the most prestigious contest in the world, 17 of the very best bands in Britain each performed 'Electra' by Dr. Martin Ellerby. The test piece was newly commissioned for the competition and was much talked about as being one of the most challenging of works, with many changes of time signature and fiendish solos and cadenzas. Off a number seven draw, Mr. John Berryman directed Virtuosi GUS and their superb soloists to an eighth place finish.
Our congratulations to Foden's Band on their win, their performance finding favour with adjudicators Derek Broadbent, Stephen Roberts and Steve Sykes.