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2019 Europeans Championships
Stravinski Hall, Montreaux
26-28 April 2019

Chris Thomas and Chris Davies (Comments); Ben Stratford (Social media); Ian Clowes (Pictures); John James (Technical operations).


Monday 29, 12:57:38

Homeward bound...

The 4BR team is now on their way home from a memorable 42nd European Brass Band Championships.

The organisation of the event was superb, with the Swiss Brass Band Federation led by Arian Brun, the most welcoming of hosts.

The competitions themselves were excellent with some wonderful test pieces in each of the sections, whilst the standard of playing was exceptional.

Our thanks also to the World of Brass team who we linked up with to provide the accompaniment to the live broadcast of the action. We hope everyone enjoyed it.

Full news reports and some retrospective reviews to come in the next 24 hours or so when we finally make it home.

Thanks Montreux — it was a truly wonderful event,


Sunday 28, 17:52:15

Reactions...


Sunday 28, 16:11:08

Final thoughts from Mr President...



Sunday 28, 15:49:00

Results:

European Youth Brass Band Championships:

Premier Section:

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1st.Place — Catch Basin Brass Brass Band (Andreas Lackner)

Test Piece: Sanctuary! (Daniel Hall) & Own Choice Programme
Adjudicators: Anne Crookston, Glyn Williams

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Champions — Catch Basin Brass Brass Band (Andreas Lackner)

1. Catch Basin Brass Brass Band (Andreas Lackner) — 99pts
2. BML Talents (Patrick Ottiger) — 98pts
3. Youth Brass 2000 (Chris Jeans) — 95pts
4. Jugend Brass Band Blechklang (Patricio Cosentino) — 94pts
5. Lions Youth (Nigel Birch) — 93pts

Best Soloist: Manuel Zemp (trombone) — BML Talents

Development Section:

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Winning MD — Lee Rigg (Wardle Academy Youth)

Test Piece: Argos (Stephan Hodel) & Own Choice Programme
Adjudicators: Anne Crookston, Glyn Williams

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1st. Place — Wardle Academy Youth (Lee Rigg)

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1. Wardle Academy Youth (Lee Rigg) — 97pts*
2. Brass Band Aukstyn (Piet Visser) — 95pts*
3. Smoras Skolemusikk (Magnus Brandseth) — 93pts
4. Elland Silver Youth (Samantha Harrison) — 92pts

Best Soloist: Adam Warburton (trombone) — Wardle Academy Youth

*1 point deduction for going over the 20 minute playing time


Sunday 28, 15:28:46

5. Catch Basin Brass Brass Band (Andreas Lackner)

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The Austrian youngsters give a bold display of impressive musicality — and what a great sound they make too in Paul Lovatt-Cooper's 'Fire in the Blood', played with evangelical zeal.

There was a real wow factor about the playing of Antonia Kapelari on the 'Finale' from the Haydn 'Cello Concerto No 1'. It was such a stylish rendition — even played at a breakneck pace.

'Sanctuary' is equally impressive — broad, warm sounds and a well paced account that built in rich drama and purpose to the close.

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A little bit of fun to end with as 'Nordic Polska' has a catchy brilliance to round off a super programme played with maturity and flair.

Chris Davies


Sunday 28, 14:21:13

English Pride...



Sunday 28, 14:18:24

4. Youth Brass 2000 (Chris Jeans)

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The defending champions were in determined mood not to relinquish their hold on the title — right from the word go in fact.

That was shown with a startling show of intent with the rousing 'Starburst' to open, played with muscular vigour.

It was followed by an evocative rendition of 'Sanctuary' — a mix of Victor Hugo anguish, tenderness and the ultimate triumphant power of unrequited love.

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There was a wonderful display of lyrical tenor horn playing from Siobhan Bates. The Young Brass Player of the Year was the focal point of rich tonality in 'Nightlights' by Lucy Pankhurst.

A second helping of a bit of King Kong to close and Paul McGhee's absolute banger 'Son of Kong' which thumpingly brought things to a close.

Chris Davies


Sunday 28, 13:54:08

3. Jugend Brass Band Blechklang (Patricio Cosentino)

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Just the two pieces from the talented young Germans — and the serious musical intent was clear from the very start.

The dark power of the lower brass was evident throughout — bringing the drama of Daniel Hall's wonderfully descriptive writing to the fore. It built to a triumphant close.

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'Lake of the Moon' is also played with such confidence and commitment. The MD asked a great deal from his players, but they responded so well — the playing having a vivid energy.

That was impressive stuff.

Chris Davies


Sunday 28, 13:20:17

2. Lions Youth (Nigel Birch)

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There was a great show of confidence with 'Home of Legends' to open — full of just the right mix of brio, PLC fizz and vibrancy. It was playing that set the tone of what followed.

Abbie Webb performed with a maturity beyond her years on 'An Untold Story' — what a lovely elegant sense of phrasing and warm tonality. That was super playing.

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Love the drive and energy in 'Blue Phantom' by Andy Scott — helped by a tremendous perc section and soloists who were banging it brilliantly. That was great playing and so well presented.

They round things off with a powerful rendition of the test piece — dramatic and passionate. The story was brought to life here so vividly all the way to a triumphant close.

Chris Davies



Sunday 28, 12:29:23

1. BML Talents (Patrick Ottiger)

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What a great start from the Swiss who really lived up to their name with their playing.

'Red Morning Star' starts mysteriously, but then goes into full 'Comrade Lenin' swing — played with confidence, Cossack bounce and spirit.

'Sanctuary' is played with drama, passion and precision — as our erstwhile hero saves his love Esmeralda from the flames and carries her on high to his bell tower. What a triumphant close too!

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Bravo Manuel Zemp! 'Thoughts of Love' played with a touch panache. 'Fantastico!' as the great Lito Fontana would say.

They round off a super programme with a thrilling 'Nightingale Dances' — one that soared on high and had such great style.

Chris Davies


The Marple Band - Marple and Hawk Green Bands Concert Compstall

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Saturday 27 March • Corporation St, Huddersfield HD1 2TA


Amesbury Town Band

October 21 • Players and beginners of any standard are always warmly welcomed especially some more solo cornets and a spare percussionists to help out existing players. Feel free to drop in even if you just fancy a blow or want to try another instrument. After Covid!


Shipston Town Band

October 8 • We are currently looking to recruit a Bass Trombone BBb bass and EEb bass to bring the band up to strength ready for when things return to normal. We are graded section 3 in the Midlands taking part in a good range of concerts and contests,


Milton Keynes Brass

October 5 • Applications are invited for a baritone player for Milton Keynes Brass. We are a friendly 1st section band based in Milton Keynes and rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings, 7:45pm-10:00pm, with additional rehearsals before contests.


John Durrant

MA LLCM TD CertEd (Dist)
Conductor, Band Trainer, Composer, Trumpet and Cornet Soloist, Arranger, Adjudicator


               

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