Articles & features: 2004 / Europe
Alpe d'Huez, France 18th - 26th July 2004
Our man Malcolm Wood was out and about on the longest and most enjoyable day of contesting in the brass band calendar.
Live coverage of the own choice pieces from Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall. Regular band by band updates.
Live coverage of the set test piece St. Magnus, by Kenneth Downie, from Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall. Regular band by band updates.
An enjoyable First Section Contest provided further evidence that the European brass band movement is alive and well, but just needs a little bit of a helping hand.
We have a quick look back on the evening when three tremendous solo players gave us a feast of quality playing and Stavanger showed us how to entertain.
4BR looks back at the Championship Contest, which saw victory go once more to the Yorkshire Building Society Band and Professor David King
Results archive for the First Section contest
The Europeans is not just about the very best bands slugging it out against each other. Since 1994, there has been a First Section Contest, primarily set up to encourage and develop brass banding in countries that did not have a strong historical base.
4BR looks at the men and women of the current European Champions, the Yorkshire Building Society Band, with a little self deprecating help from the players commenting on each other.
What does the 1991 European Championships in Rotterdam have in common with the British National Championships of 1973? Well the answer is that both contests rejected the original choices of test pieces that were made for them for that year.
Royal Albert Hall, London Sunday 8th October 1978
The European Championships like any other institution has had its memorable moments. We have therefore cast our very selective memory over events since 1978 and picked the 5 best and the 5 worst moments.
4BR has updated our useless facts and figures for you to cast an eye over and inwardly digest. You can amaze your friends with all the trivia here (if you have any left that is).
Over the years this has proved to be the most fascinating aspect of the contest as bands have tried to "showcase" their talents to impress the judges. Sometimes though the music loses out as the bands try to bring the house down.
4BR has updated all those records that are so essential to bore the pants off your friends down the pub. Here's the full list of who has won what and how many times, who was in the box etc - we can hear some people starting to yawn already.
4BR has delved into the archives to unearth three photos of winning bands from three different decades. These would have laid gathering dust until we did our Lord Caernavon/Howard Carter impression and did a bit of music archaeology.
Kenneth Downie has decided to test the bands at the European Championships with a set work entitled "St. Magnus" Variations for the European. It is available from SP&S publihsers. Study scores will be available on the day of the contest.
Six men (no women) will this year make the decision to choose the 27th European Champions. No notes will be produced to scrutinise afterwards, so clear heads and lots of musical experience will count.
4BR casts it eye over the bands who will be locking horns at the Royal Glasgow Concert Hall on the weekend. This year there is a fantastically strong line up of bands from around Europe who will compete to become the 27th Champion Brass Band of Europe.
4BR starts its coverage of the 27th European Brass Band Championships with a look at the fair city of Glasgow and then a look at who we think may come out on top on the weekend itself.
Swedish National Championships
Venue: Ã–stra Pumparegatan, VÃ¤rnamo, Sweden. 20, 331 31