European Brass Band Festival
The European Brass Band Association has collaborated with World of Brass to present a free online European Brass Band Festival from 7th to 9th May. The event will be hosted by Frank Renton and Helen Varley, it will be broadcast on the wobplay platform. A plethora of musical highlights from the event since 2003 alongside invited guest interviews will be featured as part of the weekend’s entertainment.
Friday 7th May
· 19.30pm (CET): Festival Preview
Frank Renton is joined by Paul Hindmarsh and guests to look ahead to the weekend.
· 20.30pm (CET): Where are they now?
A chance to hear from some of the prize-winners from the European Soloist Competition since 1995 — Thomas Ruedi, Raf van Looveran, Glenn van Looy, Katrina Marzella, Jeremy Coquoz, Felix Geroldinger and Lionel Fumeaux.
Saturday 8th May
· Noon (CET): The Next Generation
Helen Varley presents highlights from the European Youth Band Championship contests and the European Youth Brass Band in concert.
· 15.00pm (CET): Europe's Favourite Test Piece (2003 — 2019)
Frank Renton and guests reveal the results of the on line vote, introducing the winning performances, and with interval entertainment from the European Youth Brass Band.
Audivi Media Nocte (Oliver Waespi) — Montreux, 2011
Extreme Make-Over (Johan de Meij) — Groningen, 2005
Fraternity (Thierry Deleruyelle) — Lille, 2016
From Ancient Times (Jan Van der Roost) — Oostende, 2009
St. Magnus (Kenneth Downie) — Glasgow, 2004
Vita Aeterna Variations (Alexander Comitas) — Rotterdam, 2012
· 20.00pm (CET) : Highlights from the European Gala Concert (2004 — 2018)
Featuring memorable performances from Hans Gansch, Philip Cobb, Richard Marshall, David Childs, David Thornton, Lito Fontana, German Brass, Royal Concertgebouw Brass, Black Dyke, Brass Band Oberöstereich, Cory Band , Brass Band Willebroek and the European Youth Band.
Sunday 9th May
· Noon (CET): Building the Brand
Highlights from the European Brass Band 'B' and Challenge Sections
· 15.00 (CET): Europe's Favourite Own-Choice Performance (2003 — 2019)
Frank Renton and guests introduce the six nominations and reveals the ultimate winner of the online vote.
Cory Band (Philip Harper) — Raveling, Unraveling (Sparke) — Lille, 2016
Eikanger-Bjorsvik Musikklag (Ingar Bergby) — Fraternity (Deleruyelle) — Oostende, 2017
Eikanger-Bjorsvik Musikklag (Ingar Bergby) — Partita (Heaton) — Utrecht, 2018
Yorkshire Building Society (David King) — Concerto Grosso (Bourgeois) — Bergen, 2003
Yorkshire Building Society (David King) — Music of the Spheres (Sparke) — Glasgow, 2004
Valaisia Brass Band (Arsene Duc)- The Turing Test (Dobson) — Utrecht, 2018
To view the weekend’s events visit: www.wobplay.com
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