Countdown to the Euros...

You can join Frank Renton and Helen Varley for a host of great European brass banding excellence this weekend.

  The whole weekend is free to enjoy on the Wobplay.com platform

The European Brass Band Association has joined forces with World of Brass to present a free special online European Brass Band Festival next month.

Hosted by Frank Renton and Helen Varley, it will be broadcast on the wobplay platform from Friday 7th May to Sunday 9th May and will showcase a host of musical highlights from the event since 2003 alongside invited guest interviews and features.


Set work and own-choice

Topping the bill will be the list of favourite set test pieces and own choice performances as selected by the banding public — all leading to the announcement of the winner.

There is so much to enjoy alongside Frank and Helen — from great soloists and youth bands to those memorable set-work, own-choice and Gala Concert performances.

All this is streaming free on wobplay at the following times.

All timings are Central European Time


Friday 7th May

19.30pm (CET): Festival Preview
Frank Renton is joined by Paul Hindmarsh and guests to look ahead to the weekend.

20.30pm (CET): Where are they now?
A chance to hear from some of the prize-winners from the European Soloist Competition since 1995 — Thomas Ruedi, Raf van Looveran, Glenn van Looy, Katrina Marzella, Jérémy Coquoz, Felix Geroldinger and Lionel Fumeaux.

Saturday 8th May

Noon (CET): The Next Generation
Helen Varley presents highlights from the European Youth Band Championship contests and the European Youth Brass Band in concert.

15.00pm (CET): Europe's Favourite Test Piece (2003 — 2019)
Frank Renton and guests reveal the results of the on line vote, introducing the winning performances, and with interval entertainment from the European Youth Brass Band.

Audivi Media Nocte (Oliver Waespi) — Montreux, 2011
Extreme Make-Over (Johan de Meij) — Groningen, 2005
Fraternity (Thierry Deleruyelle) — Lille, 2016
From Ancient Times (Jan Van der Roost) — Oostende, 2009
St. Magnus (Kenneth Downie) — Glasgow, 2004
Vita Aeterna Variations (Alexander Comitas) — Rotterdam, 2012

20.00pm (CET) : Highlights from the European Gala Concert (2004 — 2018)
Featuring memorable performances from Hans Gansch, Philip Cobb, Richard Marshall, David Childs, David Thornton, Lito Fontana, German Brass, Royal Concertgebouw Brass, Black Dyke, Brass Band Oberöstereich, Cory Band , Brass Band Willebroek and the European Youth Band.

Sunday 9th May

Noon (CET): Building the Brand
Highlights from the European Brass Band 'B' and Challenge Sections

15.00 (CET): Europe's Favourite Own-Choice Performance (2003 — 2019)
Frank Renton and guests introduce the six nominations and reveals the ultimate winner of the online vote.

Cory Band (Philip Harper) — Raveling, Unraveling (Sparke) — Lille, 2016
Eikanger-Bjorsvik Musikklag (Ingar Bergby) — Fraternity (Deleruyelle) — Oostende, 2017
Eikanger-Bjorsvik Musikklag (Ingar Bergby) — Partita (Heaton) — Utrecht, 2018
Yorkshire Building Society Band (David King) — Concerto Grosso (Bourgeois) — Bergen, 2003
Yorkshire Building Society Band (David King) — Music of the Spheres (Sparke) — Glasgow, 2004
Valaisia Brass Band (Arsène Duc)- The Turing Test (Dobson) — Utrecht, 2018

To enjoy:

Visit www.wobplay.com to enjoy this fantastic selection of European highlights.

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    

Dennis Chalk

New trust fund set up to support young Wiltshire brass musicians

May 13 • A trust fund in memory of Dennis Chalk BEM will help young brass players for years to come in South Wiltshire.

Music brain

Why Mindfulness Matters for Brass Musicians...

May 13 • The latest BBE Webinar this evening will explore the benefits for everyone of mindfulness...

Alan Fernie

Fernie reflects on sense of banding optimism in Scotland

May 12 • Composer Alan Fernie has written five small ensemble works to enable bands to enjoy their forthcoming return to rehearsals...


Chetham's invite for Brass Ensemble Academy

May 12 • Young players can enjoy the opportunity of developing their playing with the help of a day long course at Chetham's School of Music

Contest: 168th British Open

Saturday 11 September • Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham. B1 2EA

Contest: Lower Section National Finals

Saturday 18 September • The Centaur, Cheltenham Race Course, Prestbury, Cheltenham GL40 4SH

Contest: Lower Section National Finals

Sunday 19 September • The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse, Prestbury, Cheltenham, GL40 4SH

Contest: National Brass Band Championship of Great Britain

Saturday 2 October • Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 2AP

Contest: Youth Brass in Concert

Saturday 20 November • St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR

Essex Police Band

May 11 • Percussionist required. Preferably with experience playing in Brass Band, Wind Band or Orchestra. We do not contest but play to a good standard and play a variety of contempory and historical music.

Essex Police Band

May 11 • Musical Director required. We are a friendly band, based in Chelmsford Essex with a core of competent players and perform at a variety of events across Essex and in surrounding areas. We rehearse every Wednesday evening at Police HQ Chelmsford

St Dennis Band

May 10 • The St Dennis Band - Cornwall (Championship Section/Grand Shield) invites expressions of interest for the position of PRINCIPAL CORNET. Based in Mid Cornwall and just 5 minutes off the A30, the band rehearses every Monday and Thursday at 19:45.

Martin Heartfield

Conductor, Adjudicator, Educationalist


 © 2021 4barsrest.com Ltd