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Line-ups revealed for 2020 European Championships

Thursday 6 February, 2020

The European Brass Band Association (EBBA) has announced the line-up of bands for the 43rd European Brass Band Championship, in association with World of Brass, which will be held in the newly-built concert hall in Palanga on the Baltic Riviera, Lithuania.

Sixteen bands will take to the stage for the championships, which are taking place in the country for the first time. Reigning European champion, The Cory Band, conducted by Philip Harper, will be joined from Wales by Tredegar Town Band, the current Welsh champion.

This year’s event will see four bands taking part which were not involved in 2019. Brass Band Schoonhoven from the Netherlands is back after a four year gap. Hauts-de-France, Foden’s and Tredegar Town are the other bands which did not participated in Montreux. The line-up will be  completed by Brass Band Willebroek  (Belgium), Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag  (Norway), 3BA (Germany), Concord Brass Band (Denmark) and Brass Band Oberösterreich, the Austrian champion.

Defending champion in the Challenge Section is Brass Band Regensburg from Germany. The line-up also includes LT Brass from Lithuania, the current Italian champion Brass Band Wipptal and from Northern Ireland, Downshire Brass.

Ulf Rosenberg, president of EBBA, said: “It is fantastic to announce the participating bands in the 43rd European Brass Band Championship, in association with World of Brass, in the beautiful city of Palanga. We are looking forward to all the performances, set test and own-choice pieces, at this historic event.”

Since it was established in 2014 at Perth, Scotland, the European Youth Brass Band Contest has become an established part of the European festival. This year’s event will see nine participants. Defending champion in the Development Section, Wardle Academy Youth Band (England), will compete against Brass Band Sklepučini (Lithuania), Smørås Skolemusikk (Norway) and Seindorf Ieuenctid Beaumaris (Wales).

There will be a new champion in the Premier Section since Catch Basin Brass Band from Austria will not be defending its title. With Youth Brass 2000 (England), JBB Blechklang (Germany), Liberty Brass Band Junior (Switzerland), Evolution Brass Regensburg (Germany) and Brass Band Auk-styn (Lithuania) participating, it promises to be a very strong competition.

Championship Section

3BA Concert Band (Corsin Tuor)
Brass Band Oberösterreich (Günther Reisegger)
Brass Band Schoonhoven (Paul Holland)
Brass Band Willebroek (Frans Violet)
Concord Brass Band (Stig Mærsk)
Cory Band* (Philip Harper)
Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag (Ingar H Bergby)
Foden's Band (Russell Gray)
Göta Brass Band (Michael Thomsen)
Hauts-de-France Brass Band (Luc Vertommen)
Tredegar Town Band (Ian Porthouse)
Valaisia Brass Band (Arsène Duc)

Challenge Section

Brass Band Regensburg* (Stefan Popp)
Brass Band Wipptal (Patrick Gruber)
Brass LT (Bjørn Breistein)
Downshire Brass (Michael Alcorn)

European Youth Brass Band Championships

Development Section

Brass Band Sklepučini (Erik Janssen)
Seindorf Ieuenctid Beaumaris (Hefin Evans)
Smørås Skolemusikk (Magnus Brandseth)
Wardle Academy Youth Band* (Lee Rigg)

Premier Section

Brass Band Aukstyn (Piet Visser)
Evolution Brass Regensburg (Thomas Lorenz)
Jugend Brass Band Blechklang (Patricio Cosentino)
Liberty Brass Band Junior (Stefan Roth)
Youth Brass 2000 (Chris Jeans)

*defending champion