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BB On the Record: Stein Skorpholm on Norway and COVID-19, compering with confidence and the rise and rise of Norwegian banding

Monday 17 August, 2020

Stein Skorpholm will be a familiar face to many as a host of the European Brass Band Championship. In fact, he also fronts the Norwegian Nationals and a wide range of other musical and cultural events, so he’s someone with his finger on the pulse of all things banding in Norway.

Stein discusses being practically born into banding, his early musical experiences and the transformative effect of hearing Black Dyke for the first time in his youth.

He also reflects on the rise and rise of the Norwegian brass band scene, picks a mouth-watering Piece of the Podcast and singles out a couple of his European Championship highlights.

To begin, Stein offers an insight into how Norway is charting its own path through the COVID-19 pandemic.