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World Music Contest set works revealed

Monday 5 April, 2021

The test-pieces have been announced ahead of the 2022 World Music Contest in Kerkrade, in the Netherlands.

Championship Section bands will perform Wilfred Heaton's Contest Music while bands in the First Section will play Tallis Variations, by Philip Sparke. The Second Section test will be Entertainments, by Gilbert Vinter, and Third Section bands will explore Albinus Variations by Etienne Crausaz.

The news comes as plans continue to move forward for the event, with optimism growing that the vaccination roll-out across Europe and the wider world should allow for the competition to take place in June 2022.

The World Music Contest has been held every four years in Kerkrade since 1951 and is a meeting place where musicians and visitors from different back grounds can come into contact, with cultures uniteing in order to make music. WMC offers a platform for contests on a global level and seeks to establish valuable crossovers in wind music, with wind bands, fanfare bands and percussion ensemble also among the groups competing.

During the four-week festival, WMC’s programme also features orchestras and artists from the Netherlands and other countries at various locations in the city and region, showcasing a cross section of what wind music has to offer.

The application process for the upcoming World Music Contest will open on June 1, 2021.