Swiss Nationals 2006

Discussion in 'The Adjudicators' Comments' started by Joey, Nov 28, 2006.

  1. Joey

    Joey New Member

    Hello everyone!

    Here are the results of the championship section of the Swiss Nationals, held in Auditorium Stravinsky, Montreux, on 26th November.
    It's a 10th national title for Brass Band 13 Etoiles!

    Testpiece: Ballet for Band, Joseph Horovitz
    Adjudicators : Jan van der Roost, Laurent Tinguely, Tony Kurmann (testpiece) ; David Roberts, Hannes Buchegger, Eddy Debons (own choice)

    1. Brass Band Treize Etoiles (MD Géo-Pierre Moren), 93.33 - 98.00 = 191.33 pts. Own choice: Beyond the Horizon, Paul H. Kelly.
    2. Brass Band Fribourg (Arsène Duc), 91.33 - 95.00 = 186.33. St-Magnus, Kenneth Downie.
    3. Ensemble de Cuivres Valaisan (Jean-François Bobillier), 91.00 - 94.00 = 185.00. Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Peter Graham.
    4. Oberaargauer Brass Band (Ueli Kipfer), 92.33 - 91.00 = 183.33. Dances and Hallelujah, Philip Sparke.
    5. Ensemble de Cuivres Mélodia (Yvan Lagger), 90.00 - 92.00 = 182.00. Tristan Encounters, Martin Ellerby.
    6. Ensemble de Cuivres Jurassien (Blaise Héritier), 88.00 - 89.00 = 177.00. Extreme Make-Over, Johan de Meij.

    See you in Birmingham!
  2. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    Well done, and good to see bands using local conductors as well. Can you tell us anything about the Own Choice piece?
  3. Joey

    Joey New Member

    If you mean 'Beyond the Horizon', it's a new piece - composed in 2006 - , and it's terrific! I'd say it's somewhere between Sparke's 'Music of the Spheres' and Bourgeois's 'Apocalypse'... VERY difficult, the most difficult we've ever played. Many solos, real fast allegros and beautiful slow parts... In short, it was a real challenge, but we enjoyed every bit of it!
  4. Jan H

    Jan H Moderator Staff Member

    Congratulations to 13* and good luck at the European Championships next year: the line up is starting to look very good!

    Did Burgermusik Luzern not compete this year? what are the rules in Switzerland about bands that don't take part in the championships? In Belgium, when a band doesn't compete, it automatically drops a section, but in other countries I know the rules are different...
  5. Joey

    Joey New Member

    No, BB Burgermusik Luzern did not compete this year - they have this big project called "Jukebox" under way and did not have time to come to the nationals. Which I think is as pity because they are a great band and usually achieve really good performances...
    We don't have this kind of rule in Switzerland. Fortunately : since the own choice piece competition was added, more and more bands have been dropping out every year - therefore, if we had this sort of rule, only BB13* and BB Fribourg would be left in championship section!

    The line-up for the Europeans is indeed impressive! We're all looking forward to going to Birmingham...

    Just to be more precise about the conductor thing underlined by PeterBale, our MD is local indeed, but the rehearsals we did with Howard Snell as a musical adviser helped us a lot. And I think that BB Fribourg also gets help from England (Bob Childs), as do others (Ensemble de Cuivres Mélodia with Ray Farr and so on...). So, even if they're not there on the day, British conductors are still involved in Swiss contests.

    For more info about the Swiss nationals :

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