*
banner

Festival aim in right direction with new signings

Festival Brass Band backs ambition with new signings to return to top in Belgium.

Festival
  Gilles and Ward add to the ambition of Festival Brass in 2020

The Festival Brass Band from Belgium has told 4BR that they are looking forward to the 2020 season under MD Steven Verhaert with a combined sense of expectation and ambition.

The band has emerged from a period of transition with the hope that it can once again return to the very top of the nation's contesting movement.

Right direction

2019 saw them moving back in that direction, winning the Dutch Open title while they ended the year by coming runner-up for the second successive year at the National Championships in Heist-op-den-Berg.

The band has now added further playing experience to their ranks with the signing of Besson artist, Gilles Demeurisse as their new solo euphonium.

New euph

Gilles studied under Geert Verschaeve, Nick Ost and Frank Vantroye in gaining a Master in Executive Music from the Royal Conservatory of Ghent. In 2011 he was awarded first place in the prestigious Dexia Classics Contest and went on to become solo euphonium of the 2014 European Youth Brass Band in Scotland.

In 2015 was a featured soloist at the Royal Albert Hall in winning the London Grand Prize Virtuoso prize and today performs as a freelance musician with the likes of the Royal Belgian Airforce Band, the Royal Belgian Navy Band and the Flanders Opera.
Gilles is joined by Ward Dierick on soprano cornet.

New soprano

The 19 year old has studied classical trumpet with Steven Devolder at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent.

Also a talented composer and conductor, in 2019 he was awarded first place in a soloist competition organised by the Belgian Brass Academy and had the opportunity to play with the European Youth Brass Band in Montreux.

Festival Brass is very fortunate to give these talented musicians the opportunity to shine at the highest level. We have the ambition to go with our realistic expectations starting with the Flemish Open Championships in AprilFestival Brass

Shine

A band spokesperson told 4BR: "Festival Brass Band is very fortunate to give these talented musicians the opportunity to shine at the highest level. This has also seen us appoint Nick Van Elsen as our Composer in Residence.

We have the ambition to go with our realistic expectations starting with the Flemish Open Championships in April."

Become a supporter and help make our future secure.

4barsrest continues to be a proudly independent voice. There are no paywalls to overcome to be able to enjoy what we do to keep our journalism at the heart of the brass banding world. Support us with a one-off donation or subscribe from just £2.50 per month.

Support us    


WELSH

Further foundation blocks put in place for Welsh banding

September 23 • Progress is being made to create a national representative body for the benefit of Welsh banding.


Latest COVID-19 update from BBE

September 22 • Brass Bands England has released the latest clarification received from the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport that will affect English bands.


BBE

BBE offers broad picture of success at AGM

September 22 • The facts and figures of a year of resilience and stability were looked at in detail at the recent Brass Bands England Annual General Meeting.


Sunday Bandstand

Radio: Sunday Bandstand

September 22 • Chris Helme continues to reach out across the world with his selection of brass band favourites.


The Marple Band - Marple Band Autumn Concert

Friday 16 October • Marple Methodist Church, Church Lane, Marple SK6 6AY


The Marple Band - Marple and Hawk Green Bands Concert Compstall

Saturday 7 November • St Pauls Church, Compstall Rd, Compstall, Stockport, Cheshire SK6 5HU


The Marple Band - Marple Band Family Christmas Concert

Friday 18 December • Marple Conservative Club, church Lane, Marple, SK6 6AY


Contest: Butlins Mineworkers Festival

Saturday 9 January • Roman Bank, Ingoldmells, Skegness PE25 1NJ


Contest: Butlins Mineworkers Festival

Sunday 10 January • Roman Bank, Ingoldmells, Skegness PE25 1NJ


Chadderton Band

September 16 • Chadderton Band is a non-contesting band playing at various events throughout the year. We are a friendly band looking for players of all ages and abilities on all sections + EUPH and percussion. Most welcome to come along and have a blow give us a try.


Amesbury Town Band

September 16 • 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!


Bollington Brass Band

September 14 • To complete our band line up once COVID restrictions are lifted we require a Bass Trombone, Percussionist (Kit) and 2nd Baritone player. We practice Mon and Thurs 8-10pm at Bollington Arts Centre. (Nr Macclesfield/Stockport) Currently NW 1st Section.


Chris King

MBA, BMus(Hons), LRSM, AoBBA
Conductor, Arranger, Adjudicator, Compere, Band Trainer


               

 © 2020 4barsrest.com Ltd