With the announcement that the 2021 British Open Championship has been postponed until January next year, the publishers of the commissioned set-work, 'The World Rejoicing' (Variations on a Lutheran Chorale) by Edward Gregson, have reminded bands about its performance rights.
Andrew Baker of Morthanveld Publishing Ltd has sent the bands invited to compete at the Symphony Hall event a reminder that the work was commissioned specifically for the British Open as part of a consortium of five flagship European National Championship competitions — all of whom retain the rights to premiere performances.
This includes the British Open Championship which retains the rights to performances in the UK.
Andrew Baker told 4B4R: "Morthanveld Publishing entirely supports the contest management in their difficult, but entirely sensible decision.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind all bands that the test-piece was commissioned specifically for the British Open as part of a consortium of five flagship European competitions, and that it retains all rights to the UK premiere performance."
He added: "Public concert or contest performances of this work before the rescheduled British Open in January 2022 are therefore not permitted.
I am sure all bands will understand and respect these rights."