News from EuroBrass19Test Piece composers for 42nd European Brass Band Championships in Montreux.
The European Brass Band Association [EBBA] is pleased to announce the composers who have been commissioned by the Swiss Brass Band Association to provide the set test pieces for the European Brass Band Championships to be held in Stravinsky Hall, Montreux, 26 and 27 April, 2019.
The Championship set test will be composed by Ludovic Neurohr (b. 1983). A prolific composer for brass and wind bands, Ludovic started playing the cornet with his local village brass band "La Marcelline" in the Valais canton. His cornet teacher was Géo-Pierre Moren and between 2001 and 2005, Ludovic was repiano cornet in Brassband Treize Etoiles. In 2008, following graduation from the Tibor Varga Music Academy in Sion, Ludovic’s gained an MA in composition from Salford University, where his teachers included Peter Graham and Robin Dewhurst. Ludovic’s work Whirl was awarded of second prize at European Composer Contest [ECC] in Ostend, 2009 and As a Glow gained him audience and band prizes at the 2015 ECC in Freiburg. Ludovic continues to work extensively with leading brass and wind bands, ensembles and soloists throughout Europe.
The Challenge Section set test is to be written by Mario Bürki (b. 1977). A graduate of the Berne Conservatory, Mario works as a conductor of wind bands, trumpet teacher and composer. His first major work, Scenes of Max and Moritz, was awarded second prize in a composition organized by the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles in Lucerne. Two of his works, Cap Hoorn und 1405 and Der Brand vion Bern, were premiered at the Mid-Europe Conference in Schladming and several of his wind and brass band commissions have been chosen as set test pieces.
EBBA and the Swiss Brass Band Association are also pleased to announce Véronique Gyger as the conductor of the 2019 European Youth Brass Band. Véronique studied piano, music theory and cornet at the Conservatoire of Sion, continuing her studies in the UK with Phillip McCann and Peter Parkes. In March 1986, she was appointed principal cornet of Brass Band Berner Oberland, a position she held for ten years. She has taught at the Saanenland-Obersimmental Music School for over 30 years and was appointed Assistant Director in 2011. Véronique served for seven years as chair of the National Youth Brass Band of Switzerland and conducted the Brass Band Berner Oberland Junior from 2001 to 2004. She is resident conductor of the Ensemble de Cuivres Euphonia and of the Musique Militaire of Rougemont. ... See MoreSee Less
EBBA Executive Committee recommends Palanga for 2020.
Saturday 19 May a delegation from EBBA visited Palanga to listen to the concert of Brass Band Willebroek (B) in the Palanga Concert Hall which is the proposed venue to host the European Brass Band Championships in 2020.
The delegation presented positive feedback on the impact of the acoustic shell solution on the stage in the ‘Palangos Konsertu Sale’. Under the given circumstances and with the other improvements to the Palanga Concert Hall and facilities, the EBBA Executive Committee now believes that Palanga will be able to host the world’s most prestigious brass band contest in 2020. This will be their recommendation to the EBBA General Meeting later this year.
For the following years the Executive Committee is in contact with:
- Malmö > 2021/2022 - Innsbruck > 2021/2022 - Stavanger > 2023 (letter of intent is signed in March 2018)
The Executive Committee will mature all these options towards an EBBA General Meeting decision early in the autumn of this year. The purpose of the meeting will be to approve the host cities / organisers / halls based on a recommendation from Executive Committee and to give EC the mandate to finalise the respective Management Contracts.