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Saturday 29 August, 2020

The German city of Jena had been due to welcome its third international summer brass band camp until the COVID-19 pandemic brought plans to halt – but that isn’t the end of live music in the city this summer. Instead, Jena will present the first summer brass band camp, with input from the likes of renowned experts Philippe Bach and Chris Houlding.

German brass band association Blasmusikverein Carl Zeiss Jena eV (home of Brass Band BlechKLANG and Jugend Brass Band BlechKLANG) had planned for the latest in its international camps. Like last year, the course was to take place in Schneeberg (Germany), along with an international array of tutors but the pandemic made such an event impossible. However, recent relaxations on restrictions have made it possible for an alternative offering, led by Alexander Richter (musical director of Brass Band BlechKLANG) and Katrin Weber (director of the orchestral school KLANGwelt).

Alexander commented: “Every effort has been made to ensure that our popular masterclass can also take place in a modified form in 2020. Where there is a will, there is always a way.”

The summer brass band camp 2020 is taking place in Jena from August 27-30. The schedule will include rehearsals, leisure activities and discussions with the teachers and other musicians. Rehearsals will take place in two groups, catering for those under and over 16-years-old.

The elder group will deal with Starburst, by Dan Price and A Tallis Anthem by Dutch composer, Geert-Jan Kroon. Younger participants can look forward to a piece composed especially for them, entitled The Jungle Dance by Andrea Hobson (solo euphonium of Brass Band BlechKLANG).

Alexander Richter added: “I am very glad we found a possibility to let this workshop take place. Without our many supporters and partners like Besson, Denix Wick and many institutions in Jena, this would not have been possible. Thank you very much.”