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Hope for Belgian Championship

Sunday 28 June, 2020

The 42nd Belgian Brass Band Championship will go ahead if at all possible, organisers have confirmed.

Vlamo, the Flemish Association of Non- professional Music Bands and Musicians, announced that a condensed version of the event will take place, subject to favourable conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In changes to the usual format, only a hymn and a set test-piece will be required, with bands in the Open Section performing a hymn and an own choice piece. Bands in the Championship Section which want to compete for the national title and aim to qualify for the European Brass Band Championships, will also be required to perform an own choice work. The 2020 champion will qualify for the European Championships in 2022.

There will be no promotion or relegation based on the results of the 2020 contest. Bands in the Championship Section will perform Terra Australis, by Martin Ellerby, with First Section bands playing Edward Gregson’s Connotations. Second Section bands will face Rhapsody in Brass, by Dean Goffin, and Third Section bands will play Philip Sparke’s The Prizewinners.

All bands will play their programmes in a single performance, with the event taking place in one day in November.