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2011 European Brass Band Championships — Welcome to Montreux

There is plenty to enjoy in Montreux — even if it comes at a price that would even make Wayne Rooney think twice about opening his mouth with a rude word...

Mountain
Some backdrop for a quick cup of tea...

If there is a more elegant place to hold a brass band competition, then we have yet to go there.

Montreux just reeks of well-heeled class.

Desirable

Ever since those crafty Huguenots took a liking to the town after the Reformation, it has become one of the most desirable places to come and live in the whole of Europe.

It does help of course if you have a bank account that would make a premiership footballer green with envy, but to even mention such rude C words as ‘cash’ or ‘credit’ in these parts is seen as a bit of a faux pas.

For instance, if you need to ask the price of some of the watches on offer in the amazing shops on Montreux High Street, then you can’t afford them anyway.

Montreuax
Montreux is elegance personified even in Winter...

Certain resident

It helps explain why that since Napoleon of all people, liberated the region form the Bernese in 1798, Montreux has attracted a certain sort of person on its residents committee.

From Zelda Fitzgerald, wife of novelist F Scott , to Ardeshir Zahedi, son-in-law to the former Shah of Iran, Noel Coward, Vladimir Nabokov and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, it has been home at some time to the great, the good and the sometimes less than savoury.

Having money means you can live anywhere though.

Tax aware

It has also attracted a great many tax aware musicians too – from Freddie Mercury (who is commemorated by a wonderful statue – unlike Michael Jackson at Fulham FC) and Shania Twain to Igor Stravinsky and Dame Joan Sutherland.

However, its famous Jazz Festival, held annually since 1967, has perhaps brought it greater cultural recognition than even Deep Purple’s 1972 homage to the flare gun induced pyromania in the local Casino – the legendary, ‘Da, Da Daaa, Da, Da Da Daaa’, of  ‘Smoke on the Water’.

Montreux has history and culture bound hand in hand.

Nabokov
The Lolita man - Vladimir Nabokov made his home in Montreux

Accommodating

The people you will meet are wonderfully friendly, multi lingual, highly professional and very accommodating. They know the value, as well as the price, of everything. 

So if you are able to make it out to the 34th European Brass Band Championships, then make sure you take your time to enjoy both – from a quick stroll up from the Montreux Convention Centre through the small garden with its statues of some of the jazz greats who have played here over the years – to a more serious, but beautiful walk hugging Lake Geneva from Villeneuve all the way towards Vevey.

Try your luck

Then if you have the energy and a few spare francs, why not pop into that famous Casino (rebuilt in 1975) and try your luck there too.

Even if it is for just one roll of the dice –the discreet croupier will make you feel as elegant and as famous as any of those well-heeled local residents

Welcome to Montreux.

Iwan Fox



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Sunday 21 July • Lingwood Village Hall. Station Road. Norwich. Norfolk. NR13 4AZ


Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band - Eastbourne Bandstand - 1812 concert

Wednesday 31 July • Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne BN21 3AD


Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band - Commercial Square Bonfire Society, The Jumping Jac

Saturday 3 August • The Paddock. Little Paddock Lane. Lewes BN7 1UU


Gresley Colliery Band - Byrkley Park Garden Centre

Saturday 10 August • Byrkley Drive, Rangemore St, Burton upon Trent . DE13 9RN


Foden's Band - Matt Ford - Gawsworth Hall, Macclesfield

Sunday 11 August • Gawsworth Hall, Church Lane, Gawsworth SK11 9RN


Wotton and District Silver Band

July 20 • Vacancy for SECOND TROMBONE. Wotton Band rehearse on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Wotton Under Edge, near J14 of M5, between Bristol, Gloucester and Stroud. See our website for more information www.wottonsilverband.co.uk.


Stannington Brass Band

July 20 • A rare opportunity has arisen to join one of Sheffield's leading bands with a vacancy for an EEb tuba player to complete our bass section. We have a good band room atmosphere and a calendar of interesting concerts and contests.


Foss Dyke Band

July 20 • We are looking to strengthen for our return to the 1st Section next year. Under the direction of Michael Howley and assistant conductor Ian Scot. We require E flat and a B flat Bass, and a 2nd Trombone. Great band room atmosphere.


Simon Gresswell


Conductor, adjudicator, tutor, tuba specialist