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Brass Band BlechKLANG

Jenaer Blaserweihnacht
Grand Christmas Concert
Conductor: Alexander Richter
Stadtkirche St. Michael
Jena
Sunday 5th December


The increasing use of livestream multi-media broadcasting has opened new avenues of exploration for bands willing to match their musical ambition with hard cash investment.

At present it remains an embryonic niche market around the globe – the best examples underpinned by professional level production quality that delivers substantial value for a customer’s virtual ticket fee. 

Potential

The potential though, given the need to connect to new audiences (live and ‘on demand’) offers exciting musical and financial possibilities. 

Brass Band BlechKLANG has shown an admirable understanding of both: Over 300 listeners tuned in (paying around 6 Euros) from Europe to South Africa and even the USA for this concert in the splendid architectural expanse of Stadtkirche St. Michael in Jena. 

It was enhanced by repertoire played with considerable spirit and skill; from the bright ‘A Tallis Anthem’  by Gert van Kroon to the closing brace of ‘Still, Still, Still’  arranged by Derek Broadbent and Jacob de Haan’s effective take on ‘Stille Nacht’.

Entitled, ‘Es sagt aus alten Tagen’  (Tales from Ancient Times) the polished broadcast was produced by Recording+Production from Nuremberg with assistance from the Sparkasse Jena, Zeiss and the Thuringian Cultural Foundation. It will be available until 6th January.

It was enhanced by repertoire played with considerable spirit and skill; from the bright ‘A Tallis Anthem’  by Gert van Kroon to the closing brace of ‘Still, Still, Still’  arranged by Derek Broadbent and Jacob de Haan’s effective take on ‘Stille Nacht’.

Musical span

The historical musical span included Peter Graham’s Baroque inspired ‘Rameau Revisited’  as well as his sprightly  ‘A Carol Fantasy’; the early 17th century ‘Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen’  by Praetorius and Sparke’s ‘A Medieval Christmas’ – all performed with stylistic understanding and clear control of dynamics in what was a lively acoustic. 

Neat detours were offered with the tastefully played soprano solo ‘Lyrica’  performed by Miraki Fukushima and the quirky ‘Norwegian Blue’  by Philip Wilby, whilst Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s ‘A Christmas Finale’  gave things a bubble like an early ‘Buck’s Fizz’ champers festive drink.

As niches go, this one will be well worth exploring further in the years to come.

Iwan Fox 

Enjoy the concert at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jenaer-blaserweihnacht-tickets-228872252067

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