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European Championships 2002:
4BarsRest Coverage
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 Band’s”. 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.

We’ll give you a report of how things went after the weekend finishes.

At 4 o’clock 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 Roost’s “Excalibur” as well as their own choice selections.

We’ll 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. We’ve got details to give you about the concert itself and we’ll give you a report on how the great man performs.

Finally on Friday we’ll bring you the results of the First Section – they don’t 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 we’ll try and bring you as much information as possible about the contest. (Remember – the results won’t 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 Beaux–Arts and is set to hopefully finish at around 6.00pm.

After this we’ll 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 it’s the results. We’ll 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, we’ll 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 don’t know at the moment what kind of internet facilities may be available to us. We will of course try our best, and hopefully you’ll 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.

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