European Championships 2002:
Date Posted: 28.04.02
4BarsRest will be at the 2002 European Championships in force,
and we will be hoping to bring you the best coverage that we can
possibly manage over the full weekend.
We are travelling out on the Thursday so that we sample the delights
of one of the finest cities on Europe. Lots of great museums, the
Atomium, football grounds and of course the beer
. Lots and
lots of beautiful Stella Artois beer.
The Friday morning, the 3rd May sees a motley collection of the
great and good take it upon themselves to discuss the thorny topic,
Is there is future for Brass Bands. This takes
place at 9.30am, and through bleary eyes, the panel will discuss
a variety of topics, all associated with whether or not we see the
future as bright as the Premier League or as dark as ITV Digital.
The Panel will be made up of Markus Bach (EBBA President), Jappie
Dijkstra (Netherlands), composers Jan Van der Roost and Philip Sparke
and three erstwhile hacks and scribes from the press, in the form
of Robert Mulholland of the Brass Band World Magazine, Philip Morris,
from the British Bndsman as well as the administrator for the UK
national Championships, and Iwan Fox of 4BR.
Well give you a report of how things went after the weekend
At 4 oclock the First Section takes place at the magnificent
Palais des Beaux Arts, when five bands from France, Germany,
Ireland, Italy and Sweden tackle Jan Van de Roosts Excalibur
as well as their own choice selections.
Well be there to report how things went and give you an analysis
of the contest.
Friday night sees the first of the real treats of the weekend
when the truly legendary Maurice Andre takes the stage as guest
soloists with Brass Band Buizingen conducted by Luc Vertommen. Weve
got details to give you about the concert itself and well
give you a report on how the great man performs.
Finally on Friday well bring you the results of the First
Section they dont get revealed until the very end (around
11pm GMT). So wait up and find out who will become the equivalent
of the Uefa cup winners.
Saturday is of course the big day, and well try and bring
you as much information as possible about the contest. (Remember
the results wont be available until about 11.00pm GMT
after the Gala Concert).
We hope to be able to give you our usual band by band coverage,
with our comments and observations, as well as keeping you up to
date with the draw for the set work and own choice sections. The
contest starts at 10.00am in the Palais des BeauxArts and
is set to hopefully finish at around 6.00pm.
After this well be on hand to cover the concert with Yorkshire
Building Society and Dr David King as he leads them through an amazing
new programme. Guest soloist is trombonist Ivan Meylemans. Black
Dyke perform the second half of the concert under the baton of Nicholas
Childs, with soloist, euphonium player Stef Pillaert.
Then its the results. Well get them to you as soon as
possible. Keep your eyes peeled to your computer screens as we hope
to get them to you about 11.00pm GMT.
Finally Sunday May 5th sees a farewell concert by Eikanger Bjorsvik
Musikklag directed by Reid Gilje. Depending on our physical state
after the Saturday night, well try to bring you a review of
that as well.
That then is what we hope to be able to bring you next weekend.
Please be patient though as we dont know at the moment what
kind of internet facilities may be available to us. We will of course
try our best, and hopefully youll enjoy what we are going
to try and do.
PS. We are not bringing home any illicit fags, booze or pornography
just in case you thought we would.