2008 Belgian Nationals, 30 November, Brussels

Discussion in 'The Adjudicators' Comments' started by Jan H, Nov 26, 2008.

  1. Jan H

    Jan H Moderator Staff Member

    On Sunday 30th November, VLAMO (the Flemish Amateur Music Association) will once again organise the Belgian National Brass Band Championships in the Royal Music Conservatoire of Brussels.

    The following bans are participating:

    Championship Section :
    Brass Band Willebroek (Frans Violet)
    Brassband Buizingen ( Luc Vertommen)
    Festival Brass Band (Manu Mellaerts)
    Kortrijk Brass Band (Nigel Seaman)
    Metropole Brass Band (Guy Audenaert)
    Noordlimburgse Brass Band (Ivan Meylemans)

    set piece: Four Movements from "Checkmate" (Sir Arthur Bliss arr. by Eric Ball)

    1st place: Vlamo trophee, ticket to the EBBC in Ostend, 2009 + Besson Sovereign cornet
    2nd place: gets to perform the final of the 'European Composers Contest' in ostend + 250 euro

    1st division
    Brass Band Heist (Bert Van Thienen)
    Brassband Zele (Bart Van der Strieckt)

    set piece: James Cook – Circumnavigator (Gilbert Vinter)
    + own choice piece

    1st place: Vlamo trophee + Besson Sovereign cornet
    2nd place: 250 euro

    2nd division
    Brass Band Leieland (Wouter Loose)
    Brassband Panta Rhei (Paul Voet)
    Brassband Scaldis (Erwin Pallemans)
    Mons St. Georges Brassband (Thierry Descamps)

    set piece: Kaleidoscope (Philip Sparke)
    + own choice piece

    1st place: Vlamo trophee + 500 euro
    2nd place: 3 pieces of music donated by Bernaerts Music

    3rd division
    Brass a Musica (Michaël Dils)
    Brassband Euterpe (Roland Van Buggenhout)
    Kon. Brassband Retie (Kevin Houben)

    set piece: Lydian Pictures (Simon Dobson)
    + own choice piece

    1st place: Vlamo trophee + 350 euro
    2nd place: 3 pieces of music donated by Bernaerts Music

    Adjudicators: (closed in separate boxes)

    set pieces 1st, 2nd and 3rd division:
    Steven Pritchard-Jones (GB), Raymond Tennant (GB), Dirk Lautenbach (NL)

    own coice pieces 1st, 2nd and 3rd division and set piece championship section:
    David Horsfield (GB), Malcolm Brownbill (GB), Paul Cosh (GB)

    Order of play

    The order of play is drawn per section
    The set pieces of the lower sections start at 9h30
    The own choice pieces of the lozer sections are started at 13h30, followed by the set pieces of the championship section
    The proclamation is expected around 19h30
  2. Anno Draconis

    Anno Draconis Well-Known Member

    I like the idea of EVERY band playing a set test AND an own choice!

    I note that none of the adjudicators are from Belgium - does this provoke comment? I can just imagine the fuss if all the adjudicators in Harrogate next year (for example) were NOT from the UK.
  3. Jan H

    Jan H Moderator Staff Member

    It's exactly the opposite! The only comments I have heard about the adjudicators is that someone of them may be getting a little bit old.
    The Belgian brass band scene is so small. Everyone know everyone and everyone is in a certain way linked to at least one of the competing bands or conductors. If the adjudicators were Belgian, there would be stories about prejudice every year again.
    In fact, if I remember correctly, the rule sof the contest explicitly state that the adjudicators HAVE to be foreign.

    oh, and the championship section doesn't play an own choice piece any more, since last year. The contest has grown to too many bands, but the organisers want to keep it all in one day, instead of spreading it over two days, or two concert venues... (mostly because of financial concerns)
  4. Jan H

    Jan H Moderator Staff Member

    Results from the championship section just in by text message. A little bit of an upset, but I wasn't there so I can't really comment:

    1) Festival Brass Band
    2) Noord-Limburgse Brass Band
    3) ex-aequo for Brass Band Willebroek and Brass Band Buizingen
    5) Metropole Brass Band
    6) Kortrijk Brass Band
  5. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    Willebroek and Buizingen joint 3rd? Who would expect that?
  6. Jan H

    Jan H Moderator Staff Member

    I'm expecting a lot of discussions on the Belgian forum, I will keep you updated :)
    For me personally, the 2nd place for NLBB isn't such a surprise, because I think the test piece suited their conductor very well.
  7. Aidan

    Aidan Active Member

    Are they a ballerina?
  8. Jan H

    Jan H Moderator Staff Member

    He wears a pink shirt regularly
    But I don't think his physique is compatible with the profession of ballerina ;)

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