facebook twitter rss vimeo shop label


2018 European own-choices revealed

A change of dynamic may be heard at the European Championships in Utrecht after EBBA reveals the list of own-choice test-pieces to be played by the competing bands.

  The unique design of the TivoliVrendenberg in Utrecht may be behind some of the choices made by competing bands.

The list of own-choice selections that will be performed by the competing bands at the 2018 European Brass Band Championships in Utrecht have been announced.

No slabs of dynamic granite

It is certainly a very interesting selection by the 12 elite contenders, with just the one 'premiere' to be heard with Andy Scott's 'Defiance'.

Perhaps in view of the well reported details of the rather unique hall design and acoustic at the TivoliVrendenburg, the choices do not all seem to be hewn out of the huge slabs of dynamic granite as they usually are.

It will be first time that Gareth Wood's 'Actaeon' (written in 2008) has been heard at this level, whilst the continued popularity of Thierry Deleruyelle's 2016 European set-work, 'Fraternity' sees it performed twice.

Other works are taking a first bow at this level having previously been performed at major Championship Sections events around the world.

'Jazz: Symphonic Dances for Brass Band' by Philip Wilby was first used at the All England Masters Championship back in 1997 as well as the top-flight test for the 2001 Regional Championships, while 'Goldberg 2012' has been performed at the Norwegian Nationals (2012) and World Music Contest (2013).

All six other works have been used at least once as own-choice selections at the Championship.

Challenge Section:

In the Challenge Section there are some equally intriguing choices with a rare outing for Roland Wiltgen's 'Red Earth', which was the Championshio Section set-work in Luxembourg in 1995 and Gilbert Vinter's ground breaking 'Spectrum' that was first used as a top flight own-choice in 1982 and last used in 1998.

The other works; 'Sinfonietta No. 3' (Etienne Crausaz); 'Toccata e Fantasia' (Thomas Doss) and 'Vivat!' (Tom Davoren), will receive their European contest premieres.

Perhaps in view of the well reported details of the rather unique hall design and acoustic at the TivoliVrendenburg, the choices do not all seem to be hewn out of the huge slabs of dynamic granite as they usually are4BR

Championship Section:

Actaeon (Gareth Wood)
Defiance (Andy Scott)
Destination Moon (Paul Rapheal)
Fraternity (Thierry Deleruyelle)*
Goldberg 2012 (Svein Henrik Giske)
Hypercube (Oliver Waespi)
Jazz: Symphonic Dances for Brass Band (Philip Wilby)
Metropolis 1927 (Peter Graham)
Partita for Band (Wilfred Heaton)
Perihelion — Closer to the Sun (Philip Sparke)
The Turing Test (Simon Dobson)

*To be played by two competing bands

Challenge Section:

Red Earth (Roland Wiltgen)
Sinfonietta No. 3 (Etienne Crausaz)
Spectrum (Gilbert Vinter)
Toccata e Fantasia (Thomas Doss)
Vivat! (Tom Davoren)


British Open line-up announced

July 20 • 19 world class bands will battle it out for the honour of being crowned 2018 British Open champion at Symphony Hall in September.


Your Logo Here stands up to be counted

July 20 • The team from Your Logo Here meet the very specific stand banner demands of a hard working brass band in Hampshire.


Proms double for Childs

July 20 • David Childs gets armed to make a late substitution appearance at the Welsh Proms — just days after his BBC Promenade Concert performance at the Royal Albert Hall.


New horizons for Jersey as MD heads to Spain

July 20 • Jersey Premier Brass will be led by a new MD as their inspirational founding conductor Tim Pritchard prepares to take his leave to Spain.

Roberts Bakery Band - Bluedot Festival

Saturday 21 July • Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre. . The University of Manchester. . Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 9DL

Medway Band - Higham Church Annual Prom

Saturday 21 July • St. Marys Church. 1 Abbey Farm Cottages . Church Street. Higham. Rochester . ME3 7LS

Lofthouse Brass Band - Oxenhope Railway Station

Sunday 22 July • Oxenhope Railway Station, The Railway Station, Station Road, Haworth BD22 8NJ BD22 8NJ

Tendring Brass - Opening Night Concert of the Frinton Mission 2018

Saturday 28 July • Greensward,. Frinton on Sea,. Essex CO13 9DN

Lofthouse Brass Band - Filey Bandstand

Sunday 29 July • Filey Bandstand, The Crescent, Filey YO14 9JS YO14 9JS

Blidworth Welfare Band

July 20 • *PRINCIPAL EUPHONIUM* A great opportunity has arisen for a first class Euphonium player to join one of the UK's most upwardly mobile Championship section bands. The successful candidate will be a regular solo feature at concerts, contests and recordings.

Arrow Valley Brass

July 20 • The Band seeks cornet players, front and back row to add to a band steadily improving under Andy Culshaw.. The band is friendly and welcoming and has a good mix of concerts and competitions. . Main rehearsal is on Sunday morning in Inkberrow, Worcs.

Loxley Silver Band

July 19 • Musical Director - We are a friendly, contesting band currently holding a strong position in the fourth section. We have a varied concert/engagement programme in place and we are looking for a Musical Director who can help us to move onwards and upwards.

Ian Holmes

BA (hons), PGDip (RCM), ARCM, ALCM
Conductor, piano accompanist and educator