Dutch Open scales Down


Following the cancellation of the Dutch Open Brass Band Championships (DOBC), the contest organisers have announced a new scaled down initiative. A DOBC 'Mini Festival' will now take place on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th of July at the venue, featuring a programme of music, including concerts by leading Dutch brass bands, soloists and ensembles. It is to be recorded for broadcast by brasspass.tv

On Friday 9th July soloists and ensembles from the Prince Claus Conservatoire (PCC) featured, as well as a panel discussion with Marcel Mandos (Artistic Director North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra), Tijmen Botma (Musical Director and lecturer at PCC), and Wilbert Zwier (trombone player, conductor and chair of Provinciale Brassband Groningen). The event will be hosted by classical radio compere Ab Nieuwdorp. The evening concert will feature Brass Band Schoonhoven in a programme of new compositions.

The morning session on Saturday 10th July will feature ensemble-and soloist performances by students of the PCC, followed by a concert by Brass band Rijnmond (Rotterdam). The afternoon attraction is a performance by Violet Brass Quartet, led by Lode Violet, principal cornet of Brass Band Willebroek.

A maximum of fifty people will be allowed into the venue for both dates, with tickets available to purchase via the Oosterpoort/SPOT Groningen website. Recordings of performances from the two days will be used in two episodes of the brass show 'New Dimensions in Brass' from Brasspass.tv

It was confirmed that the next Dutch Open Brass Band Championships will be held on Saturday 11th of June 2022. Registration for the 2022 event is still open.

Further information is available at: www.dobc.eu


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