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Whit Friday highlight for City of Chester's Swiss guests

Wednesday 21 June, 2017

The City of Chester Band has a long-established pride in welcoming European students into its ranks, most of whom attend courses at ‘English in Chester’, Chester’s language school.

Although these are temporary acquaintances, long-lasting friendships are established, as has been the case with the latest recruits from Switzerland, Julian Burkhard (euphonium) and Andrin Buehler (tenor trombone). Having completed their courses at Chester’s Centre of Excellence, they will now return home to the canton of Lucerne and to their respective bands Musikgesellschaft Eich (Julian) and Musikgesellschaft Hohenrain (Andrin), no doubt enriched by their experiences at City of Chester.



















For both, a musical highlight was taking part in the recent Whit Friday March contests where they played at six of the nine Saddleworth contests. The evening included hearing one of the three visiting Swiss bands at Uppermill securing a podium finish followed by the highlight of hearing Black Dyke winning first prize at Denshaw late in the evening.

On return to Switzerland, Andrin will transfer to a school where he will work on a farm for four days with one day spent in the classroom while Julian is to begin a course studying economics.  

A spokesperson for The City of Chester Band commented: “The City of Chester Band wishes to place on record our appreciation of Andrin and Julian’s playing and friendship over the past few months and wish them every success in the future.”