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European Composer Commission details announced

Friday 13 September, 2019

Further details about the European Consortium Commission for 2020/21 have been announced. As previously announced, the five partner countries are Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, and the UK (British Open), who have commissioned Edward Gregson, one of the UK’s most respected composers, to write a new work as the test piece for their national/open competitions. 

The première performance will be at the British Open on 12 September 2020, followed by performances in the Netherlands (6/7 November), Switzerland (28/29 November), Belgium (28/29 November) and Norway (5/6 February 2021). The composer will celebrate his 75th birthday in July 2020 and this is a fitting tribute to the impressive contribution he has made to the brass band repertoire over the last 50 years. The title of the work is The World Rejoicing (Symphonic Variations on a Lutheran Chorale).

The composer comments: “I am delighted to be writing this new work for five of the major European banding countries. In searching for a link between them I considered the fact that they all have some sort of Lutheran tradition, and thus hymns have played, and still play, an important part in their common heritage. It seemed fitting therefore for me to return to a compositional form I have used before (i.e. variations) and to write a work based on a well-known Lutheran chorale. I hope it will be both challenging and enjoyable for the many bands and conductors who will perform it, as well as for the audiences who will hear it."

Representatives of the five commissioning countries will each be presented with a limited edition bound copy of the score at a special reception to be held at the RNCM Brass Band Festival in January 2020 in Manchester. Further details about the publication of the work will also be announced at that time.