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Players welcome at World Youth Brass Band

Sunday 5 December, 2021

Talented young brass and percussion players from around the world are being invited to join forces for a busy week of music making.

The World Youth Brass Band will welcome 29 youngsters aged 18-23, for the opportunity to rehearse and perform together under the direction of conductors, Patrick Ottiger and Erik Janssen, as part of the World Music Contest in Kerkrade.

The course will take place at Hotel Abbey Rolduc in Kerkrade. Included in the stay from July 3-11 are a shared economy room, three meals a day and free wifi. It is also possible to book a single room.

A spokesperson for the course said: “WMC is a place where musicians from different cultures and backgrounds come together to learn and make music.

“With the WYBB, WMC wants to bring different brass band cultures together in Kerkrade and stimulate crossovers. The WYBB is a fantastic opportunity for talented young people to play together at a world level and develop themselves for a full week.

“As a participant of WYBB, you will give a concert during the award ceremony of the Concert Division Brass Band and perform at the Roda Hall, the Blow Stage on the market square and other locations in the region.”

Applications are open until March 1, 2022 via the online form in the My WMC portal. They should include a CV, two videos (one technical etude and one melodic solo piece, both grade five or six) and a letter of recommendation from an instrument teacher or conductor. The fee is €280 per person. More information is at the WMC website.

The World Music Contest (WMC) is an international celebration of music. The festival, which has been held every four years in Kerkrade (the Netherlands) since 1951, is a meeting place where musicians and visitors from different backgrounds come into contact and where cultures unite to make music. The event offers a platform for contests on a global level and seeks to establish valuable crossovers in wind music and encourages unique musical experiments.

During the four-week festival, WMC’s programme will also feature renowned 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. With more than 20.000 musicians and more than 300.000 visitors it is one of the biggest festivals in the Netherlands and one of the most significant wind music festivals in the world.

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