tMP's official European Brass Band Championships 2007 thread

Discussion in 'The Adjudicators' Comments' started by Jan H, Apr 2, 2007.

  1. Jan H

    Jan H Moderator Staff Member

    European Brass Band Championships 2007 - Championship Section

    Venue: Birmingham Symphony Hall, Adrian Boult Hall and Birmingham Town Hall
    Dates: 28th April to 6th May 2007 (Main contest on 4th-5th May)
    Organised by: the European Brass Band Association and the British Federation of Brass Bands

    Schedule of events:

    Saturday 28th April 2007
    Assembly of the 2007 European Youth Brass Band (EYBB)
    Monday 30th April to Wednesday 2nd May
    Preliminary rounds of the 4th European soloists competition

    Thursday 3rd May
    - 20.00 Adrian Boult Hall -
    Gala Concert and final of the 4th European soloists competition
    in cooperation with the Staffordshire Band (2007 Midlands regional champions)

    Friday 4th May
    - 10.00 Symphony Hall -
    EBBA Brass Band Conference “How to promote Youth players”
    - 12.30 Birmingham Town Hall -
    Opening Ceremony, Draw and Lunchtime Concert with EYBB
    - 13.45 Birmingham Town Hall -
    EBBA press conference
    - 16.00 Symphony Hall -
    Composer Talk with Martin Ellerby and Simon Dobson
    - 17.00 Symphony Hall -
    A-Section Set Piece contest

    Saturday 5th May
    - 10.00-18.00 Symphony Hall -
    B-Section contest
    A-section Own Choice contest

    - 20.00 Symphony Hall -
    Gala Concert featuring Brass Band Willebroek, the European Youth Brass Band and the Royal Marines fanfare trumpets and Corps of Drums

    Awards ceremony
    Sunday 6th May
    - 9.30 -
    EBBA general meeting and press conference
    - 11.15 Adrian Boult Hall -
    Farewell Concert with the European Youth Brass Band and Brass Band Oberösterreich

    Competing bands:

    Austria: Brass Band Oberösterreich (Hannes Buchegger)
    Belgium: Brass Band Willebroek (defending champions) (Frans Violet)
    Belgium: Kortrijk Brass Band (Lieven Maertens)
    Denmark: Lyngby-Taarbæk Brass Band (Christian Schmiedescamp)
    England: Foden's Richardson Band (Garry Cutt)
    France: Aeolus Brass Band (Bastien Stil)
    Netherlands: Brass Band De Waldsang (Rieks van der Velde)
    Norway: Stavanger Brass Band (Allan Withington)
    Scotland: Scottish Co-op Band (Allan Ramsay)
    Sweden: Gothenburg Brass (Nicholas Childs)
    Switzerland: Brass Band Treize Etoiles (Geo-Pierre Moren)
    Wales: Cory Band (Robert Childs)

    Set piece contest (4th May 2007)

    Set Piece:
    Elgar Variations by Martin Ellerby (Studio Music)


    Thomas Doss (Austria)
    Jan de Haan (Netherlands)
    Philip Sparke (UK)

    Own choice contest (5th May 2007)

    Chosen pieces:
    Beyond the Horizon (Paul H. Kelly)
    Contest Music (Wilfred Heaton)
    Journey to the Centre of the Earth (Peter Graham)
    Music of the Spheres (Philip Sparke) (4x)
    Of Men and Mountains (Edward Gregson)
    Tristan Encounters (Martin Ellerby)
    Titan’s Progress (John P. Alliston)
    Vienna Nights (Philip Wilby) (2x)

    James Gourlay (UK)
    Alan Morrison (UK)
    Oliver Waespi (Switzerland)
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2007
  2. Jan H

    Jan H Moderator Staff Member

    So what do you think of the line-up?
    Who do you think will win?
    Any rumours about what the set piece is like?
    This is the thread to discuss everything about the A-section contest!

    (threads about the B-section and the solo competition are to follow...)
  3. Aardvark

    Aardvark Member

    Does anyone know anything about this piece or the composer. I had a music teacher who had the same name, I wonder if it's him........

    (yes I know it's not the most unusual name ;) )
  4. Anno Draconis

    Anno Draconis Well-Known Member

    Seeing as it's in Brum, I might well go to the European for the first time this year, at least for the Saturday. Anyone else think this is going to be Cory's year?
  5. Jan H

    Jan H Moderator Staff Member

    I've heard that it could be a pseudonym for Bertrand Moren (from Switzerland)
  6. stephenmrry

    stephenmrry Member

    Have to agree that its corys championship this year! Think they were robbed last year and cant see it going anywhere else butback to wales this year! Interesting to see 4 bands doing spheres and two doing vienna nights! And i know all but three of the others never heard of men and mountains titans progress and of course the new commission!

    The test piece will be good too like Elgar stuff but bit disappointed bout the b section! As an irish bandsman nothappy that the band that won nationals not going and left it so late before deciding! My band could have went but dont know if it will be any good!!

    But cory for me closely followed by fodens Willebrook Stavanger and Oberoisterich should batlle out for third and fourth place!!!
  7. Mark Bousie

    Mark Bousie Member

    Of Men and Mountains

    Of Men and Mountains is a fantastic piece. Gregson's finest brass band work in my opinion. It has been seriously underused-was the Championship Test for the Areas quite a while ago, but really should be used at one of the top contests. It was rejected by the Nationals, for being too long apparently (17 mins-not that long by today's standards really). Maybe when the organisers of the Open, Nationals, Masters or English Nationals are scratching their head for their next piece they should consider this-it would still be a big test.
  8. Craig Keates

    Craig Keates New Member

    The line up look set for a really good contest. Be interesting to see if anyone has any snippets about the set test piece
  9. Jan H

    Jan H Moderator Staff Member

    I heard that it is at least partially based on the theme of Elgar's Cello Concerto
  10. Chris Thomas

    Chris Thomas Member

    I've just put the programme notes up on the front of our website

  11. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    I'd certainly recommend the European to any lovers of bands and their music. It's so uplifting to see the enthusiasm of the players, keen to listen to one another and to raise their standards, and the Set Work/Own Choice combination gives the best of both worlds.

    I'll be particularly interested to see how the Austrian band shapes up in the top section - on past showings they could claim at least a few scalps - and I'm sure they'll have something of interest up their sleeves for the farewell concert. I'd also like to think that this may be Cory's year at last, but we shall see!
  12. Jan H

    Jan H Moderator Staff Member

    I've been told Willebroek will probably play the following program during the Gala concert:

    HORIZONS (Paul Lovatt-Cooper)
    VARIATIONS ON A TYROLEAN SONG (Arban arr. Mark Freeh) Cornet soloist: Raf Van Looveren
    YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE (Rodgers/Hammerstein arr. Howard Snell?)
    HELIOS (Jan Van der Roost)
    HARLEQUIN (Philip Sparke) Euphonium soloist: Stef Pillaert
    FINALE FROM THE ORGAN SYMPHONY (Saint-Saens arr. Philip Wilby)
  13. Aardvark

    Aardvark Member

    Oh no, do they really have to........ :mad:
  14. dyl

    dyl Active Member

    What excellent taste in music. :clap:
  15. Jan H

    Jan H Moderator Staff Member

    besides all football-related connotations - it certainly is a terrific and impressing arrangement. they played it last year during the wedding of their flugel player (who's from the same village as me) - almost blew the roof of our little village church :biggrin:
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2007
  16. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    Just to let you all know we will soon be launching the tMP Europeans Prediction Competition which will run the usual manner. Pick your top three from the list of entrants per section and see how ya do. It's just a bit of fun, but interesting nonetheless.

    Give us a few days and we'll be ready to go... :tup
  17. Anglo Music Press

    Anglo Music Press Well-Known Member

    I agree - a masterpiece of a song and a great arrangement (or were you being sarcastic..........?)

  18. matti_raz

    matti_raz Member

    Knowing quite a few Fodens' players, and what they're playing, I'm backing them all the way!!!
  19. dyl

    dyl Active Member

    Not at all Philip! In fact, have just arrived home having been singing that very same song on the Kop at Anfield!
  20. Anglo Music Press

    Anglo Music Press Well-Known Member

    Oh I see, a RED! Still I suppose you can't be perfect ALL the time....

    Did you sing the Snell arrangement, or the Scouse yob version?????

    Come on, Uniteeeeeeed !