In 2010 the band, under MD Ian Porthouse
became the first in history to win both the British Open Grand Shield and
British Open Championship in the same year.
Victory at the Grand Shield came in May at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens with a performance
of Edward Gregson’s ‘Rococo Variations’. It was followed in the September at
Symphony Hall in Birmingham with victory on Peter Graham’s ‘On the Shoulders of
Principal cornet Dewi Griffiths won the ‘Best
Instrumentalist’ prize at the Grand Shield, whilst solo trombone Stephen Sykes
won the Stanley Wainwright ‘Best Instrumentalist’ award at the British Open.
Ian Porthouse was presented with a Harry Mortimer Trophy as the winning conductor,
which he was allowed to keep.
The image was taken by photographer Ian Clowes at Birmingham
Conservatoire and can be seen in the hallway entrance to the bandroom.