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Ivan Meylemans to conduct 2018 European Youth Band in Utrecht

Wednesday 8 November, 2017

The European Brass Band Association (EBBA) and Zimihc, the Utrecht-based music and theatre arts production company and the local organiser of the 2018 European Brass Band Championships, have announced that the Dutch conductor Ivan Meylemans is confirmed as the conductor of the 2018 European Youth Brass Band (EYBB).

Commenting on the appointment, EBBA President Ulf Rosenberg said: “Ivan is a well-known figure in European banding and brings with him a wealth of experience from symphonic music as well as bands. We are all looking forward very much to hearing EYBB 2018 under his leadership.” 

EYBB 2018 will give a number of concert appearances during the week, including at the final of the European Soloists Competition (3 May), the official Opening Ceremony (4 May), Saturday evening’s Gala Concert and a short final concert before the results of the European Youth Contest are announced. 

The EBBA Music Commission has chosen two British works as the set tests for the Development and Premier sections of the youth contest. Bands in the Development Section will include Philip Sparke’s Valerius Variations (Anglo Music) in their programmes. This work has proved a popular choice for youth and 4th Section contests. Premier Section bands will tackle Michael Ball’s colourful Chaucer’s Tunes (Studio Music). 

Chair of the EBBA Music Commission, Paul Hindmarsh, commented: “Michael’s piece was originally prepared for the top section of the National Youth Championships of Great Britain 20 years ago and it has been chosen for youth and adult competitions a number of times since. They are both based on traditional tunes with links to a number of European countries. We hope the bands enjoy preparing and playing them.”

The 2018 European Youth Brass Band Contest takes place on Sunday 6 May.