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Dutch Open ready for brass battle

Monday 3 June, 2019

This Saturday, 8 June,  the Dutch Open Brass Band Championships (DOBC) will be held in theatre De Lawei in Drachten, The Netherlands. Every year there is an increasing number of bands participating in these popular championships, and this year's event will see the highest ever number of competing bands. 
The DOBC starts at 10 am with eight bands in the Second Section. One of the pieces that will be performed is A Brief Symphony of Time, by Simon Dobson. This work was commissioned by Smørås Skolemusikk and is a tribute to physicist Stephen Hawking, who died in 2018. Smørås Skolemusikk won the Norwegian Championship NM Skolekorps Brass 2018.
The First Section, which has three participants, will take the stage around 3.20 pm. The programme includes A King's Lieby (Stan Nieuwenhuis), Journey to the Center of the Earth (Peter Graham) and Of Distant Memories (Edward Gregson).
From 5.45 pm the battle starts in the Championship Section. With seven bands, this section is well represented. Two bands will perform A Brussels Requiem. This piece was written by Bert Appermont in 2017 following the attacks in Brussels a year earlier. The French children's song Au claire de la Lune is the common thread. The piece consists of four parts and revolves around hope and belief in another world and is also a tribute to all the victims. Bert Appermont will judge the First and Second Sections and will undoubtedly sit among the spectators during the Championship Section. Other pieces to be played are Destination Moon (Paul Raphael), The 39th Parallel (Peter Graham), Machu Picchu - The Secret City (Thibaut Bruniaux), A Tale as Yet Untold (Philip Sparke) and The Fallen Bride (Ludovic Neurohr).
This year the international adjudicators are Simone Rebello (United Kingdom), Armin Bachmann (Switzerland), Bert Appermont (Belgium) and Danny Oosterman (The Netherlands). For each section the adjudication team will consist of two adjudicators. There are several appealing prizes for the winning bands, with the total value of prizes awarded this year having never been so high.
Just like last year, will provide the live stream. The live stream from DOBC is available as a monthly subscription of £12.99. There is an on demand option on the platform with which the video can be viewed for as long as you subscribe. With the monthly subscription you can also view all the other content on offer, including last year's Dutch Open and a wide range of different events from around the banding world.
Tickets for the Dutch Open Brass Band Championships can be ordered at A ticket for the morning and afternoon programme only (Second Section and First Section) costs €10.00. A full day ticket costs €15.00 and gives access to the entire event.
For more information, please contact:
Mrs. Amarens Melchers-Visser, 0031-613785865

Second Section
De Lofklank, Ureterp
Brassband David, Zwolle
Gereformeerde Brass Band Groningen
Mercator Brass Band, Kruibeke (B)
Euphonia, Wolvega
De Bazuin B, Oenkerk
Backum Brass, Castricum
Gloria Deï, Gerkesklooster-Stroobos
First Section
Brassband Amersfoort
Oefening en Uitspanning, Wijk en Aalburg
Brass Band Bamberg (D)
Championship Section
De Spijkerpakkenband, Opsterland
De Bazuin A, Oenkerk
Soli Brass, Leeuwarden
Brassband Rijnmond, Rotterdam
De Wâldsang, Buitenpost
Festival Brass Band Itegem (B)
Kirkintilloch Kelvin Brass Band (SCT)
Own-choice test-pieces to be performed are:
·    The Raid - Oliver Waespi
·    Journey to the Centre of the Earth - Peter Graham
·    A King’s Lie - Stan Nieuwenhuis
·    Flashback-Jan de Haan (2x)
·    A Tale as Yet Untold -Philip Sparke
·    Mountain Views - Bertrand Moren
·    The Fallen Bride - Ludovic Neurohr
·    Suite Gothique - Léon Boëllmann, arr. Eric Ball
·    Of Distant Memories - Edward Gregson
·    Destination Moon - Paul Raphael
·    A Brussels Requiem - Bert Appermont (2x)
·    Kingdom of Dragons - Philip Harper
·    As a glow - Ludovic Neurohr
·    Machu Picchu- The Secret City - Thibaut Bruniaux
·    A Brief Symphony of Time - Simon Dobson
·    The 39th Parallel - Peter Graham
09:00 Draw - Second Section
09:55 Opening
10:00 Second Section
14:10 Draw - First Section
15:20 First Section
16:15 Draw - Championship Section
17:10 Break
17:25 Results - Second & First Sections
17.45 Championship Section
22.35 Results and Awards Ceremony