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French Open looks for worldwide entrants

The organisers of the 2018 French Open Championships are looking for bands to enjoy competing in the beautiful Loire town in June 2018.

  The beautiful town of Amboise hosts the French Open Championships.

The organisers of the 24th French Open Championship are inviting bands to enter the event to be held in the beautiful Loire Valley town of Amboise between the 1st & 3rd June 2018.

The draw and opening ceremony will be held on Friday 1st June at the Chateau Royal d'Amboise, whilst the contests take place on Saturday 2nd June at the Theatre Beaumarchais.

Gala Concert

The Gala Concert this year will feature Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band at the Salle Claude Menard, whilst the popular march events and outside performance opportunities take place at Place Michel Debre.

The closing date for entries is 25th March, whilst the test-pieces for each section are as follows:

The closing date for entries is 25th March4BR

Test Pieces

Championship Section: Equilibrium (Paul Lovatt-Cooper)
First Section: The Saga of Tyrfing (Jacob Vilhelm Larsen)
Second Section: The Mansions of Glory (Jonathan Bates)
Third Section: Dimensions (Peter Graham)
Youth/Fourth Section: Little Suite for Brass No 1 (Malcolm Arnold)

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For entry form go to:


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Composer and conductor