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Saturday 20 June, 2020

There is to be a change of musical leadership at Paris Brass Band, following the news that Florent Didier is stepping down as musical and artistic director after 12 years. He will be succeeded by Laurent Douvre.

The news brings the curtain down on a hugely successful tenure for Florent and the band, which has seen Paris Brass Band rise from humble beginnings to become runner-up at the European Brass Band Championship in 2019.

Florent commented: “After more than 12 years as the musical and artistic director of the Paris Brass Band that I saw rise and grow, a cycle is ending and now is the time to move on. The PBB is a part of my life and an ensemble which let me live incredible and unique musical moments. I would like to thank all the musicians who made the PBB become what it is today – thanks to everyone who has accompanied this journey through all those years. Today, I also send my deepest thoughts and wish the best to my friend Dominique Collin, the PBB president, who is currently recovering.”

Florent continued: “These past 12 years have been very intense. It all started off with the idea of a small group of students at the Paris CNSM and ended with the title of runner-up of European Brass Band Championship in May 2019. We obtained French Championships titles, we took part in the European Championships and we had beautiful concerts across France and around the world. These were always rewarding experiences with loyal audiences, ensembles and organisers who invited us. There were actions for young musicians and the young audiences, various recordings, the collaborations with composers for a number of new pieces that we commissioned and much more.

“I wish all the best to Laurent Douvre who comes after me as the new musical and artistic director. I am positive this amazing ensemble will keep on living and making large-scale projects in the future. I will always remain its first supporter.”

Laurent Douvre will pick up the baton from the 2020-21 season. He began his musical career singing in a choir and playing percussion at the music conservatory of Mâcon. Laurent continued his training by studying trumpet, as well as the writing and analysis of musical compositions, for which he received several diplomas from the regional conservatory of Chalon sur Saône.

After his literary baccalaureate (musical option), he continued to pursue higher education at Université Lyon II. Passionate about conducting orchestras, in 2012 he created Ensemble de Cuivres Rhône-Alpes, awarded first place at the national competition of Cournon d’Auvergne.

Since 2013 Laurent has also been conducting the Brassage Wind Band and in 2016, he started conducting Brassage Brass Band, aiming to make the band among the top five in France.
Laurent is also musical director of Paris Police Concert Band, a role he has held since December 2018.