Worldwide praise for joint Eikanger/Manger concert

Norwegian bands gain plaudits and encouragement from across the globe for their live post COVID-19 broadcast concert from Bergen.

  The concert was enjoyed by brass band lovers across the globe

4BR has been informed that the recent live broadcast concert featuring Eikanger Bjorsvik and Manger Musikklag Bands has received worldwide praise that has encouraged the participants to consider undertaking further events in the near future.

That is according to Eikanger spokesperson Viggo Bjorge, who told 4BR that despite the necessary restrictions imposed by following the guidelines for such a concert in Norway at present, it still showed that they could be produced successfully in future.


"We've been thrilled by the response to the concert held at the church in Knarvik close to our rehearsal home,"he said. "It's been so good to hear from brass band lovers round the globe who tuned in and then took the time to express their thanks that there was a live brass band concert to be enjoyed.

Despite the amount of hard work that has had to go into putting the event on everyone believes it was worthwhile and has given a communal determination to do more.

"It shows that despite the restrictions brass bands can still reach out and connect with people across the world."


Viggo reserved special thanks to Eikanger's friends and rivals Manger Musikklag. "Eikanger has been able to get together for the past month or so in different groups to rehearse, but that hasn't been the case for Manger.

Their commitment to the event was magnificent and we thank them greatly for their performances under Martin Winter."

It shows that despite the restrictions brass bands can still reach out and connect with people across the worldViggo Bjorge


Viggo also revealed that members of Eikanger enjoyed an informal meal after the event where he said there was a real 'buzz' about the banding chat. "Although we still know that there is some way to go before we return to normality in Norway, there was real optimism that another significant step forward had been taken.

The experience gained from this event will hopefully help us in producing more in the next few months, including a concert we will be hosting in Bergen at the end of September featuring the music of Wilfred Heaton."

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