Matthew Pollard won the first prize of £1000 on Saturday 21st.June 2008 at Unity College Northampton. Conducting the Virtuosi GUS Band on Philip Wilby's Lowery Sketchbook. Matthew conducting last of the six finalists found favour with the adjudicators Geoffrey Brand and Dr.Roy Newsome. Paul W.T. Jenkins from Wales claimed the runner up place with Divertions by Derek Bourgeois and £500 whilst Jef Sparkes took the third place spot with Isaiah40 by Robert Redheadand the £200 prize. The remaining competitors were highly commended by the adjudicators and were Chris J. Andrews, Graham Jacklin and David Johnson.