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Saturday 1 February, 2020

A new piece from the pen of Edward Gregson is providing the basis for a European collaboration which will see five countries feature the esteemed composer’s work at major contests.

The World Rejoicing is a joint commission between British, Dutch, Belgian, Swiss and Norwegian partners and will receive its premiere at the 2020 British Open in the year of the composer’s 75th birthday. The five nations will have exclusive rights to the music until March 2021, by which time it will also have featured at the Dutch, Belgian, Swiss and Norwegian National Championships.

The music was launched during a reception at the RNCM Brass Band Festival last weekend, during which representatives from each of the participating nations involved were presented with special, bound editions of the new score.

Jappie Dijkstra, who co-ordinated the project, told British Bandsman: “We want new repertoire, not only for concerts but for competitions. We all have our own opinions on music for competitions but we want new music.

“When I heard Edward Gregson was to celebrate his 75th birthday this year, I felt it would be great to have a joint commission. We approached some of the countries and they all said yes. This is a big consortium, involving five of the major brass band countries from across Europe.”

Edward Gregson said: “One of the great things that has happened in the brass band world in the past 25 years or more has been the expansion of brass banding in Europe and this commission would never have happened without Jappie. He first said to me around three or four years ago that it would be a great idea to celebrate my birthday with a new commission and I hope my piece lives up to it.”

Arthur Vanderhoeft, chairman of the Brass Band Committee at Vlamo, Belgium, said: “When I first heard about this commission a few years ago, I was very enthusiastic. Why was I enthusiastic? Because it comes to the core business of what we do: bringing people together to play to listen to our music. This is a very exciting project and we are delighted to be involved.”