EBBC Composition Finalists Announced

The final selection has made by the EBBA Music Commission for the 9th European Composer Competition at Palanga Concert Hall on Thursday 2nd May. The three finalists are: Dupertuis Gauthier (Switzerland), Jack Ledger-Dowse (England) and Lennert Van Laenen (Belgium).

Dupertuis Gauthier from Switzerland has written 'Magdalena'. The 26-year-old holds a Master's degree in musicology and philosophy from the University of Fribourg and gained his Diploma of Advanced Studies in orchestral conducting at the Bern University of the Arts. 'Magdalena' is inspired by the painting 'Magdalena Bay', by the French artist Francois-Auguste Biard (1799- 1882), which depicts a magnificent snowy landscape on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen.

English composer Jack Ledger-Dowse has written 'Ascension'. Jack is based in London as a student at the Royal College of Music studying composition and composition for screen. In 2023 he composed a fanfare for the college's graduation ceremonies, whilst his choral work 'Ave Maria' was selected by Paul Mealor as part of a visiting masterclass series. 'Ascension' features tense and rumbling fast passages, lyrical and emotive thematic writing and ethereal, spacious moments sprinkled with delicate percussion.

Belgian composer Lennert Van Laenen has written 'Red Planet'. At the age of six he developed a passion for the marimba with his current teacher Chin Cheng Lin. In 2015 he joined Young Brassband Willebroek, eventually joining the senior Willebroek Band. In 2020 his first brass band piece was published, with his most recent, entitled, 'Sparkle' coming runner-up in the 2023 National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain Composer Competition. 'Red Planet' describes an imagined journey to the planet Mars.

Cory Band led by Philip Harper will perform each work at this first major competition of the 2024 European Championships. Tickets are available from: https://tickets.paysera.com/en/event/geras-ebbc-2024-palanga-european-brass-band-championships 


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