2009 European Brass Band Championships - Gallery: Own Choice


Selection of pictures from this year's European Championships Own Choice Section

Photos by Ian Clowes, Goldy Solutions. Go to www.goldysolutions.co.uk
Comments by Iwan Fox

The front of house - Kursaal Hall

Time: 1300hrs
Brass Band Oberoestereich (Austria), 1
Conductor: Hannes Buchegger
Spirits of Puccini - Hermann Pallhuber

" This was simply something from a different planet"

"Simply mind blowing"

Time: 1325hrs
Brass Band Rijnmond (Netherlands), 2
Conductor: Ivan Meylemans
Concerto Grosso - Bourgeois

"Red blooded approach is exciting"

" Tico, Tico is full of life"

Time: 1350hrs
Brass Band Treize Etoiles (Switzerland), 3
Conductor: James Gourlay
Journey to the Centre of the Earth - Peter Graham

"Confident playing to start and taken at a quick old tempo too"

"...polished and descriptive performance this"

Time: 1420hrs
Cory Band (Wales), 4
Conductor: Dr Robert Childs
Standing on the Shoulders of Giants - Peter Graham

"Oddly intrancing..."

"Certainly something different, interesting and brilliantly played"

Time: 1440hrs
Whitburn (Scotland), 5
Conductor: Russell Gray)
Vienna Nights - Philip Wilby

"...this has so much musical shape"

"A fine musical performance this..."

Time: 1545hrs
Festival Brass Band (Belgium), 6
Conductor: Manu Mallaerts
The Promised Land - Kenneth Downie

"There really is a sense of style and such technical precision"

"Each of the soloists is on top form"

Time: 1610hrs
Brass Band Aeolus (France), 7
Conductor: Bastien Stil
Music for Battle Creek - Philip Sparke

"Controlled and purposeful with a fine lyrical style"

"It's emotive playing..."

Time: 1630hrs
Eikanger-Bjorkvik Musikklag (Norway), 8
Conductor: Bjarte Engeset
Extreme Make Over - Johan de Meij

"Hypnotic tuned perc playing - quite superbly done"

"A real cracker this. They couldn't have done much more"

Time: 1700hrs
Grimethorpe Colliery Band (England), 9
Conductor: Allan Withington
Masquerade - Philip Wilby

"...the euphonium cadenza which is played with real artistry."

"Simply stunning stuff - its fantastic techncial playing"

Time: 1730hrs
Lyngby-Taarbaek Brass Band (Denmark), 10
Conductor: Christian Schmiedescamp
Harmony Music - Philip Sparke

"At times it really is thrilling..."

"A brave effort on a very difficult work"

Time: 1750hrs
Tredegar Band (Wales), 11
Conductor: Ian Porthouse
Contest Music - Wilfred Heaton

"Great sounds and a very neat close"

"The 4BR curate's egg"


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