26 April-4 May 2003
Over the years there have been familiar and not so
familiar faces who have been given the job of deciding who will
win the European title. This year as has been the case for the majority
of the contests, there will be two sets of judges - one set for
the 1st Section and Set Work (this time on Friday), whilst a second
set will undertake the judging of the own choice selections.
This year there are five men and one woman and their CV's read as
Torgny Hanson, Goff Richards and Jan Van der Roost will judge the
set work as well as the 1st Section contest.
Jens. T. Larsen, Isabelle Ruf and Thomas Wyss will judge the "Own
After her studies as teacher on primary level and some years of
experience as full time primary school teacher, Isabelle Ruf started
in 1985 with her studies of band conducting at the Conser-vatory
of Lucerne. She finished her studies of the flute in 1989 and received
her conducting cer-tificate with a honour degree in the same year.
Studies at the University of Michigan USA fol-lowed, principal subject
conducting. Since 1989 she is principal conductor of the wind orchestra
of Neuenkirch, Switzerland. For the year 2002, she was named head
of the Landesblasorches-ter Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Studies
of symphonic orchestra conducting including several master classes
in different countries followed.
Since 2001 Isabelle Ruf is musical theatre director of the city
of Sursee, her first production be-ing the Musical “Kiss me
Kate” written by Cole Porter. At the moment, she is leading
the per-formances of “Boccaccio” of Franz von Suppé.
Isabelle Ruf is appreciated as guest conductor with many orchestra
projects and engaged in education of young conductors. She has adjudicated
at many national and international con-ducting as well as instrumental
contests and is engaged as musical expert at the Conservato-ries
of Berne and Zurich. She is founding member and director of the
professional flute ensem-ble “Flutastic”.
van der Roost, Belgium
Born in Duffel, Belgium, in 1956. He studied trombone, history
of music and musical education at the Lemmensinstituut in Leuven
(Louvain) and continued his studies at the Royal Conserva-tories
of Ghent and Antwerp, where he qualified as a conductor and a composer.
At present, he teaches at the Lemmensinstitutt in Leuven, Belgium,
and is guest professor at the Shobi Insti-tute of Music in Tokyo
and the Nagoya University of Arts (Japan). Besides being a prolific
com-poser, he is very much in demand as an adjudicator, lecturer,
clinician and a guest conductor; his musical activities brought
him to more than 35 different countries in 4 continents, whereas
his compositions are being performed and recorded in more than 50
His list of works shows a wide variety of genres and styles, including
two oratorios, a symphony and some smaller works for symphony orchestra,
a guitar concerto dedicated to Joachim Rod-rigo, a concerto for
trumpet and string orchestra dedicated to Walter and Anne Boeykens,
a cycles of Lieder (songs) for baritone and chamber orchestra, chamber
music, numerous brass and wind band compositions, choral music and
Many of these compositions have been broadcast on radio and TV and
most of them have been recorded on CD by re-nowned performers in
several countries all over the world. Jan van der Roost exclusively
com-poses commissioned works, until now from countries like Belgium,
Holland, Switzerland, Italy, the USA, Japan, France, Singapore,
Norway, Germany, Finland and Hungary.
Born in Cornwall, he studied at the Royal College of Music and
Reading Unversity, embarked on a carreer as a composer, arranger
His works have been performed by the King’s Singers, the Swingle
Singers, various BBC Orchestras, Huddersfield Choral Society, London
Brass, Evelyn Glennie, Benjamin Luxon and leading brass and military
He writes extensively for BBC Radio and Television. Amongst many
commissions and ar-rangements, BNFL, Brighouse & Rastrick and
the Fodens (Courtois) Band have each produced a CD featuring his
music. From 1976 – 1989 Goff Richards lectured in arranging,
and directed the Jazz Orchestra at Salford College of Technology.
In December 2002 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree
by the University of Salford.
As an adjudicator he is widely travelled, having judged various
British National Brass Band Area Contests and Finals, the European,
Australian, New Zealand and Dutch Brass Band Champion-ships and
numerous Band Contests for BBC Radio and Television. He maintains
his West Country links as President of the South West Brass Band
Association and Music Advisor of the Cornwall Youth Brass Band.
Goff Richards had recently competed his third period as External
Examiner for the University of Salford.
Started to play the cornet in the Malmö 1 Corps Salvation
Army Band already with 11 and started his musical education at the
State College of Music in Malmö with 18. In 1971 he studied
trumpet at Guildhall School of Music in London but also the brass
band movement and it’s rep-ertoire under supervision of Geoffrey
Brand and Eric Ball.
In his professional life Torgny Hanson is an educator and a performer.
He has been a teacher at the State College of Music in Malmö
as well as the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. His career as
conductor has included positions as musical director of full time
professional wind orchestras, Östgöta Symphonic Winds
and Stockholm Symphonic Wind Orchestra. He has regularly conducted
the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain. Today Torgny
Hanson is the Inspector of Military Music in Sweden.
As brass band conductor he is well know in the Salvation Army.
He has been guest conductor of Salvation Army bands in several countries
but also directed courses for musicians and conduc-tors in Scandinavia,
UK, USA and Canada. In 1988 he was invited by James Watson and The
Desford Colliery Band as guest conductor. In 2002 he visited the
USA to conduct several top brass bands in various states.Torgny
Hanson is often invited as adjudicator of contests for brass bands
f.e. the EBBC 2000 in Birmingham, England as well as symphonic bands.
His transcriptions and rrangements for brass band are much appreciated
and frequently played.
T. Larsen, Norway
He received his musical education from Rogaland Music Conservatory
where his chosen in-struments were piano and percussion. At Høgskolen
i Bergen he took honour degree, majoring in Music Education. Since
1991 he has worked at the School of Arts Education of Stavanger
University College. Here his subjects are music education and conducting.
Jens Larsen has also been responsible for the advanced conductor’s
course in band conducting. Since August 2000 he has served as Dean
Jens Larsen has many years experience as a musician in the Stavanger
Symphony Orchestra, Rogaland Theatre and on tour for the National
music scheme of Norway. For twenty years he has worked with band
music as a conductor for both brass bands and wind bands, and as
an adjudicator in competitions both locally and nationally.
Thomas Wyss was born in Switzerland and studied at the Conservatoire
of Bern and Fribourg and was a member of Brass Band Bernerorberland.
In 1986 he moved to England where he studied conducting, arranging,
composition and band training under Howard Snell at Huddersfield
He is a tuba soloist of international reputation and played for
over eight years with the Sellers International and Fodens Band.
As a conductor he has worked with many of the leading brass bands
in the UK and has been a professional conductor and Resident Conductor
with bands such as Williams Fairey, DUT Yorkshire Imperial, Tredegar
and Rothwell. He is in regular demand to direct contest and concert
performances and his extensive stable of high quality original and
arranged compositions have been recorded and performed all over
As an adjudicator he makes his second appearance at the European
Championships this year after making his debut in 2001 when he judged
the Set Work section.