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EBBC own-choice works and judges announced

Friday 31 March, 2017

The European Brass Band Association (EBBA) has revealed the list of own-choice works to be performed at this year’s event, which will take place in Ostend, Belgium during the last week in April. 

In addition to the set test-pieces, which were previously announced as Where Angels Fly by Belgian composer Kevin Houben for the Championship Section and Insomnia by Bart Picqueur for the Challenge Section, the 12 bands in the Championship Section have chosen to play the following works in the Saturday afternoon Own-choice Section:

A Brussels Requiem (Bert Appermont)

Destination Moon (Paul Raphael)

Dial ‘H’ for Hitchcock (Nigel Clarke)

Fraternity (Thierry Deleruyelle)

Goldberg 2012 (Svein Henrik Giske)

Horror Show (Simon Dobson)

Journey of the Lone Wolf (Simon Dobson) (2)

Prophecies (Gavin Higgins)

The Triumph of Time (Peter Graham)

The Turing Test (Simon Dobson)

Visitations from Beyond (Thomas Doss)

The bands in the Challenge Section have chosen the following own-choice works: 

Blackout (Thomas Doss) 

Fire in the Blood (Paul Lovatt-Cooper)

The Bandsman’s Challenge (Bertrand Moren)

Land of the Long White Cloud (Phillip Sparke)

Prisms (Peter Graham)

A Day in the Life of a Knight (Phil Lawrence)

EBBA has also announced the line-up of judges for the various events taking place over the week. The 7th European Conductors Competition will take place from 24-27 April and all four rounds will be judged by Andreas Hanson (Sweden) and Isabelle Ruf-Weber (Switzerland), who will be joined by Philippe Bach (Switzerland) for rounds 1, 3 and 4, Yves Segers (Belgium) for Round 2, and Ben Haemhouts (Belgium) and Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen (Norway) for the Final.

Torgny Hanson (Sweden), Jan van der Roost (Belgium) and Roger Webster (England) will judge the Test-piece Section of the 40th European Brass Band Championships on 28 April and the Challenge Section on 29 April, while the Championship Own-choice Section later the same day will be adjudicated by Philippe Bach, Ben Haemhouts and Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen.

Sunday 30 April will see the fourth staging of the European Youth Brass Band Competition. The bands in the Premier Section will perform Dimensions by Peter Graham for judges David Thornton (England) and Kevin Houben (Belgium), while the day will kick off with the Development Section bands playing Little Suite No. 2 by Malcolm Arnold for Anne Crookston (Scotland) and Bart Picqueur (Belgium).

Speaking on behalf of EBBA, the organisation’s President Ulf Rosenberg commented: “The 2017 European Championships promises to be one of the most exciting events in its 40-year history and we are delighted to see, yet again, the outstanding efforts to which the leading bands in Europe have gone to make the Saturday Own-choice Section the most thrilling occasion on the international brass band calendar. We are also delighted to have secured the services of such outstanding jury members from around Europe and are confident that the competing bands and conductors at all levels will have the ideal platform to show their respective qualities as they compete for the important titles on offer. Along with the highly-professional organisers in Ostend, we look forward to welcoming lovers of brass bands and their music from around the world to what will be an unforgettable event.”

Further information on the 2017 European Brass Band Championships is available online at www.ebba.eu.com