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Tuesday 16 November, 2021

After a COVID-enforced absence, a renowned masterclass for music students and professionals of all ages in Germany has returned.

Organised by the Competence Centre for Brass and with the kind support of the Besson company, the Jena Brass Seminar took place from November 5-7, 2021. Swiss euphonium player, brass band conductor, arranger and composer Thomas Rüedi was the guest lecturer.

As in previous years, interested participants came to Jena from all over Germany to take part in the course. The masterclass, which was primarily offered for low brass, enabled all those present to gain many valuable experiences, regardless of whether they were members of a brass band or another formation.

Alexander Richter, creative director of the masterclass series, commented: “As a musician, lecturer, arranger, composer and conductor, Thomas Rüedi has a unique all-round view of musical challenges. Every musician – whether beginner or professional – can benefit greatly from this wealth of knowledge. That’s exactly why I'm glad we were able to win him for the new start of the Jenaer Blechbläser-Seminar.”

Feedback from the participants – primarily low brass musicians – confirmed this assessment.

The unanimous feedback was that the work with Thomas Rüedi helped each individual to make enormous improvements. For some, the sound was clearly audibly optimised, others received valuable advice on expression and character as well as, of course, on technique, accuracy, balance, interplay and the overall sound. Questions about dynamics and the musical shaping of solo passages were also answered comprehensively.

As usual, the Jena Brass Seminar was organised by the Jena Competence Centre for Brass. Additional support was provided by Besson. This created optimal conditions for the participants during the masterclass. In addition to the extensive programme, the mouthpiece clinic by Franz Windhager also took place. The Austrian expert was available to the participants for the entire duration of the seminar to give individual and professional advice on the subject of mouthpieces. These could then be tried out immediately during individual lessons or chamber music.

Summing up the seminar, Alexander Richter added: “With our masterclass, we are making a unique offer to the German brass band scene as well as to all other brass players. I am already looking forward to the 2022 edition from October 28-30 and before that, to the International Summer Brass Band Camp on August 21-27, where we will welcome Helen Varley and Chris Houlding as lecturers.

“This is an opportunity no one should miss.”

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