Line up of bands EBBC 2018 Utrecht
The European Brass Band Association is pleased to announce the line up of bands for the 41st European Brass Band Championships which will be held in Utrecht, Netherlands.
A total of 17 bands, in both the Championship Section and Challenge Section, will enter the stage in TivoliVredenburg for what promises to be a fantastic contest. With Brass Band Fröschl Hall from Austria making its debut in the Championship Section and reigning champion Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag in a line-up that also includes Cory and current British Open Champion Valaisia Brass Band, it promises to be an exciting EBBC. Home band De Wâldsang will make its 20th appearance at the EBBC and will be joined by Fairey, Whitburn, Stavanger (qualified as the second Norwegian band), Hauts-de-France, 3BA, Willebroek and Concord, so the audience will again be spoiled by the finest bands in world.
The Challenge Section will see five bands taking part. Italian Brass Band will defend its title and will compete along with bands from Germany, Sweden, Lithuania and Northern Ireland.
EBBA President Ulf Rosenberg commented: “It’s great to see that the brass band movement in Europe is still developing with new bands coming in the Challenge Section. Further on, we are proud to have such a strong line-up in the Championship Section and looking forward to all the performances from both the set-test- and own choice pieces.”
The 5th European Youth Brass Band Contest (EYBBC) will see four bands in the Development Section and five in the Premier Section. The Premier Section will definitely have a new winner, as reigning champion Young Brass Band Willebroek has decided not to compete in Utrecht. The EYBBC will see three bands entering for the first time; Tasta Skolekorps from Norway, Catch Bassin Brass Band from Austria and Seindorf Beaumaris Youth Brass Band from Wales will make their debuts in the contest, which will take place on Sunday 6 May in TivoliVredenburg.
The full line-up is:
3BA Concert Band - Thomas Ludescher - Germany
Brass Band Fröschl Hall - Corsin Tuor - Austria
Brass Band Willebroek - Frans Violet - Belgium
Concord Brass Band - Jesper Juul Windahl - Denmark
Cory - Philip Harper - Wales
De Wâldsang - Rieks van der Velde - Netherlands
Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag (def. champion) - Ingar H. Bergby -Norway
Fairey Band - Garry E. Cutt - England
Hauts-de-France Brass Band - Luc Vertommen - France
Stavanger Brass Band - Allan Withington - Norway
Valaisia Brass Band - Arsène Duc - Switzerland
Whitburn Band - Prof. Nicholas Childs - Scotland
Badische Brass Band - Dominik M. Koch - Germany
Göta Brass - Michael Thomsen - Sweden
Italian Brass Band (def. champion) - Filippo Cangiamila - Italy
Laganvale (Metal Technology) Band - Stephen Crooks - Northern Ireland
Sunday Brass - Tadas Sileika - Lithuania
European Youth Brass Band Contest
Brass Band Aukštyn - Piet Visser - Lithuania
Elland Silver Youth Band (def. Champion) - Samantha Harrison England
Tasta Skolekorps - Morten Øvrebekk - Norway
Wardle Academy Youth Band - Lee Rigg - England
Brass Band Berner Oberland Junior - Jan Müller - Switzerland
Catch Bassin Brass Band - Andreas Lackner - Austria
Danish Youth Brass Band - Stig Mærsk - Denmark
Seindorf Beaumaris Youth Brass Band - Gwyn M. Evans -Wales
Youth Brass 2000 - Chris Jeans - England
Tickets EBBC 2018 go on sale 1 February at noon!
Make sure you have your EBBC 2018 tickets in time. The ticket sales will start 1 February at 12:00 hrs. (CET)
A combi ticket gives you access to all EBBC events on 4, 5 and 6 May.
4 May: Championship Section - Set Test Piece
5 May: Challenge Section and Championship Section - Own Choice Piece
5 May: Gala Concert
5 May: Brass Party
6 May: European Youth Brass Band Championships.
Combi ticket costs EURO 95,00 (excl. booking fee)
The European Brass Band Championships have been practically sold out every year since 2008. The 2016 event in Lille sold out in one day, so we would urge all to book your tickets as soon as they become available'.
The 41th European Brass Band Championships will take place in the main hall of the beautiful TivoliVredenburg - Utrecht. The final of the European Soloist Competition will take place in Hertz hall (located in TivoliVredenburg)
Please visit ebbc2018.nl/ to book your tickets!
Are you born after the 1st January 1989 and up for a challenge? Compete in the 8th European Soloist Competition. Send your video submission to EBBA and who knows you will perform in Utrecht 1st to 3rd May 2018.
Entries must be submitted no later than 31 January 2018.
Come visit Utrecht (NL) between 28th April and 6th May and be dazzled by the intense and multidimensional sounds of Utrecht Brass. Visit the official European Brass Band Championships 2018 programma or treat yourself to one of the many outdoor concerts.