1st Flemish Open

Discussion in 'The Adjudicators' Comments' started by Jan H, Sep 6, 2005.

  1. Jan H

    Jan H Moderator Staff Member

    Some more news from the Belgian brass band front...

    This weekend, the first-ever Flemish Open Brass Band Championships will be organised in the city of Mechelen. The contest is organised y Brass Band Hombeek (conducted by Michel Leveugle), who are celbrating there 110th anniversary this year.

    The contest will take place in the City Theater of Mechelen and there will be 4 sections: Championship, 1stm 2nd and 3rd. 4rd and 1st section play on Saturday, 2nd and C. on sunday. A ticket for each daty costs 15 euro. The participants in sections 1, 2 and 3 have to play a program of max 25 minutes of music (max 40 minutes on stage). For the champ. section this is 30/45 minutes. The program should contain 1 "test piece".

    The adjudication will be open. There will be 3 adjudicators who each give a score out of 100. These scores are added up to get the final results. the test piece counts for 60% of the points, the rest of the program for 40%. The adjudicators on saturday are Jan Vander Roost (chairman), Philip Sparke and Rob Goorhuis. On sunday, Jan Vander Roost will be replaced by Klaas van der Woude and Philip Sparke will be chairman.

    The price money is more then nice: the first three in each section get a price. the top prices for the four sections are 2000, 1000, 750 and 500 euro for Champ. 1st, 2nd and 3rd section respectively.

    The order of playing will be drawn before the start of each section, but the programs of all participants are announced in advanced. The particpating bands and their programs are:

    Third Section

    Brassband Heist o/d Berg - Belgium
    • There is a green hill far away -- Noag Bruce / Roy Newsome
    • Praise -- W. Heaton
    • Panache -- R. Dewhurst
    • The Call of the Righteous -- L. Condon
    Second Section

    Brassband Bacchus – Belgium
    • Fanfare for a New Age -- Goff Richards
    • Capriccio Brillante -- Herman Belstedt / arr.Sandy Smith
    • Music of Thanksgiving -- Kenneth Downie
    Brassband Campine - Belgium
    • The President -- German
    • Lairg Muir -- Philip Sparke
    • Concerto for Band -- John Golland
    Brassband Kloetinge - Netherlands
    • Muhledorf March -- Derek Broadbent
    • Zimba Zamba -- Goff Richards
    • The King of Elfland's Daughter -- Rodney Newton
    Brassband St. Cecilia Leest - Belgium
    (does not take part in the contest)
    • Ardross Castle (from Hymn of the Highlands) -- Philip Sparke
    • Excalibur -- Jan Van der Roost
    First Section

    Brassband Bürgermusik Luzern B – Switzserland
    • Towermusic -- Jean François Michel
    • Egl jester (Away from home) -- Tumasch Dolf / arr. Hardy Schneiders
    • Mambo Night from Jazz Festival Suite -- Jean François Michel
    • The Essence of Time -- Peter Graham
    Brassband Heman – Netherlands
    • Tallis Variations -- Philip Sparke
    • Concerto for Timpani (Movement 1 and 3) -- Michael Colgran / arr. Klaas Van der Woude
    • The Waltonian (Quick March) -- J.J. Richards / arr. Thomas Wyss
    Brassband Leieland - Belgium
    • Reflections in Nature -- Robert Redhead
    • Trittico -- James Curnow
    • The Children of Sanchez -- Chuck Mangione / arr. Reid Gilje
    Brassband Panta Rhei - Belgium
    • Comedy Ouverture -- John Ireland
    • Balkan Gipsies uit ‘Global Reunion' -- Paul Voet
    • Recuerdos de Viajes (concertino for brassband) -- F. Glorieux / arr. Paul Voet
    Brassband Scaldis - Belgium
    • Kyrie -- Paolo Rustichelli / arr. Luc Vertommen
    • Signature -- Jan Van der Roost
    • Trittico -- James Curnow
    • Zimba Zamba -- Goff Richards
    Chr. Brassband David Zwolle - Netherlands
    • Fanfare and Flourishes -- James Curnow
    • Fantasy for Euphonium -- Philip Sparke
    • Purcell Variations -- Kenneth Downie
    Noord-Limburgse Brassband - Belgium
    • Festmusic der stadt Wien -- Richard Strauss / arr. Eric Banks
    • Autumn Leaves -- Prevert Kosma / arr. Bill Geldard
    • Between the moon & Mexico -- Philip Sparke
    Mercator Brass Rupelmonde – Belgium
    • Gaelforce -- Peter Graham
    • Excalibur -- Jan Van der Roost
    Championship Section

    Brassband Buizingen - Belgium
    • The Swan on the hill -- Jan Van der Roost
    • Concertino for Xylophone and Band -- Toshiro Mayuzumi / arr. Luc Ver tommen
      Allegro Vivace - Presto
      xylophone solo Gaetan La Mela
    • Ginnungagap...seeming emptiness -- Johan Evenepoel
    Brassband Willebroek - Belgium
    • Intrada 'Ein Feste Burg' -- Ray Farr
    • Rule Britannia - John Hartmann
      cornet solo Raf Van Looveren
    • Music of the Spheres -- Philip Spark
    Festival Brassband - Belgium
    • Dreams -- Bertrand Moren
    • Brillante -- Peter Graham
      euphonium solo Dirk Apers and Glenn Van Looy
    • Lightwalk -- Barrie Gott
    Kortrijk Brassband - Belgium
    • Fanfare for a Festival -- Malcolm Arnold
    • On Aldeley Edge -- Peter Graham
    • The Piper O'Dundee -- Kenneth Downie
      tenor horn solo Peter Maertens
    • Roumanian Dances -- Paul Dzon / arr. Bruce Fraser
    Metropole Brassband - Belgium
    • Intrada 'Ein Feste Burg' -- Ray Farr
    • Lairg Muir -- Philip Sparke
      cornet solo Lieven Dobbelaere
    • Revelation -- Philip Wilby
    Source of all information: http://www.brassbandhombeek.be/
  2. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    Looks to be a good variety of music there, Jan - hope it proves successful ;)
  3. DublinBass

    DublinBass Supporting Member

    I can't help but notice Willebroek, Buizingen and Bacchus are all playing half or more of there programme from the World Champs in Kerkrade. I'd imagine they'll have those pieces polished and be favourites.
  4. Jan H

    Jan H Moderator Staff Member

    Most bands over here take a break during the summer, so for them contests comes rather early in the season. 2 bands had to withdraw, because they didn't have enough preparation time. Like Pat said, some bands retake some pieces from last season. Other bands are already looking forward to the national championships in November and might already give their own choice for that contest a try here, so that they can concentrate on the set pieces a little more in the coming weeks.
    There are also some band staking part here that normally don't take part in the Belgian nationals (because most of them are not so fond of the "set piece" concept). Because of that, the first section will be especially interesting in this contest!
  5. Jan H

    Jan H Moderator Staff Member

    results (& short review) of the first day

    3rd section:

    1. Brass Band Heist op den Berg (Bert Van Thienen) 84.7%
    (great contest debut for this band which was founded less then a year ago)

    1st section:

    1. Brass Band Bürgermusik Lucerne B (Patrick Ottiger) 93.6%
    2. Noord-Limburgse Brass Band (Ivan Meylemans) 92.0%
    3. Brass Band Heman (Sietse Hamersma) 90.3%
    4. Mercator Brass (Patrick Van der Meiren) 89.2%
    5. Chr. Brass Band David Zwolle (Dirk Annema) 86.3%
    6. Brass Band Scaldis (Erwin Pallemans) 86.2%
    7. Brass Band Pant Rhei (Paul Voet) 86.0%
    8. Brass Band Leieland (Geert Verschaeve) 85.8%

    The B-band of BB Bürgermusik Lucerne were the deserved winners of the 1st section with a terrific account of The Essence of Time and some al round quality playing in the "entertainment" section as well. They also had the most shiny instruments :biggrin:. The band seemed to enjoy themselves very well on and off stage, and they even were so friendly to play a couple of pieces on stage between the last band and the announcement of the results. I hope they had a great party last night... ;)

    Ivan Meylemans and the rest of my good friends from the Noord-Limburgse Brass Band also did an amazing job with Between the moon and Mexico and the rest of their program. If you haven't seen Ivan conducting yet, it's difficult to describe him. It's a bit like a little whirlwind on stage. And he always manages to get at least 110% out of all his musicians (as I know first hand of course ;) ).

    Bras Band Heman from the Netherlands also gave a very good performance, including a very fine Tallis Variations.

    I didn´t hear the band in 4th place, but all other participants also gave a very good performance. Like chief adjudicator Jan Van der Roost said in his speech, all bands were certainly in the section were the belong and there were no `disappointments` (except about the relatively low audience turnout. but hopefully that will improve today, when the championship section bands are playing!)

    I think the first day of the new Flemish Open was a big succes and hopefully this initiative can be repeated in the future (perhaps with even more foreign bands?)
  6. Jan H

    Jan H Moderator Staff Member

    Sunday's results:

    2nd section

    1. Brass Band Bacchus 87,7
    2. Brass Band Campine 86,8
    3. Brass Band Kloetinge (NL) 83,4

    Championship Section

    1. Brass Band Willebroek 94,6
    2. Brass Band Buizingen 93,8
    3. Metropole Brass Band 87,2
    4. Festival Brass Band 85,9
    5. Kortrijk Brass Band 84,9

    Soloist Prize

    Jo Hermans, cornet Brassband Campine, Lairg Muir (Philip Sparke)

    (The order of the 5 championship section bands is exactly the same as in last years Nationals...)
  7. LU-Brasser

    LU-Brasser Member

    Yes we had a great party in Mechelen, was a great trip to Mechelen!!
    Maybe we come back another time to Mechelen...
  8. Jan H

    Jan H Moderator Staff Member

    If there's going to be a 2nd Flemish Open (the organisers haven't decided yet), it will probably be in two years time. I don't think they want to turn it into a yearly event.

    Also everyone was a little bit disappointed about the audience turnout :(
    So whether there willl be na nect Flemish Open, will also depend on of the organisers can find the necessary budgets... (the money has to come either from tickets or from sponsorship...)

    oh, and congratulations with your won of course ;)
  9. DublinBass

    DublinBass Supporting Member

    Shame to hear the audience was that supportive and that they won't be havingit every. Some times the audience needs to develop. I hope that it is still at regular intervals (ever odd year perhaps) so bands can plan ahead to attend.
  10. Jan H

    Jan H Moderator Staff Member

    That was indeed the intention, if I'm correctly informed.

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