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27.02.2019

The European Brass Band Association is pleased to announce the line-up of players who will form the 2019 European Youth Brass Band [EYBB] in Montreux.
This year will see the 16th edition. Thirty-eight players aged between 18 and 22, from 15 different countries, will come to Montreux, Switzerland, in the week prior the 2019 European Brass Band Championships.

The week will start at 20 April with seating auditions and first rehearsal under the baton of Véronique Gyger.

During the week the EYBB will have a very busy schedule with rehearsals and concerts, social events. The players will also be able to enjoy listening to the very best bands in the world during the 42nd EBBC on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April.

The annual highlight will be the band’s participation in the Gala Concert on Saturday evening. This year EYBB share the stage with current European Brass Band Champion Valaisia Brass Band conducted by Arsène Duc. The week closes with a Farewell Concert following the European Youth Brass Band Contest on Sunday 28 April.

Preliminary schedule:
Thursday 25 April: Casino Montreux – Short concert after Final Composers Competition
Friday 26 April: Montreux Music & Convention Centre – Opening ceremony
Saturday 27 April: Auditorium Stravinsky – Gala concert together with European Brass Band Chamioon Valaisia Brass Band
Sunday 28 April: Auditorium Stravinsky – Farewell concert

Full line up:
Soprano – Rutger Mollema, The Netherlands.
Cornet – StefaniePlank, Austria
Cornet – Monica Sanguedolce,Italy
Cornet – Lianne Postma, The Netherlands
Cornet – Storm Robertson, Scotland
Cornet – Benjamin Mortensen, Norway
Cornet – Kristina Aase Fransson, Norway
Cornet – Owain Llestyn, Wales
Cornet – Ffion Morris, Wales
Cornet – Ward Dierick, Belgium
Cornet – Mark Sirok, Germany
Cornet – Andreas Lugosi, Germany
Cornet – Christine Lee, Denmark
Cornet – Jack Hoof, England
Cornet – Chloe Eagleson, Northern Ireland
Cornet – Indrė Jonaitytė, Lithuania
Flugelhorn – Adline Vouillamoz, Switzerland
Tenor horn – Anja Reithmayr, Austria
Tenor horn – Jonathan Théry, Switzerland
Tenor horn – Astrid Lindhardt Toft, Denmark
Tenor horn – Bethany Littlewood, England
Baritone – Albert Kvarnvik, Sweden
Baritone- Vito De Coster, Belgium
Tenor Trombone – Elia Nicola Pirronello, Italy
Tenor Trombone – Gabriel Chardin, France
Tenor Trombone – Augustinas Ališauskas, Lithuania
Bass Trombone – Rose Øvretveit, Norway
Euphonium – Stephanie Gaspoz, Switzerland
Euphonium – Stefan de Wilt, Netherlands
EEb Bass – Remo von Siebenthal, Switzerland
EEb Bass – Gavin Johnson, Scotland
EEb Bass – Theodor Matthias Djursaa Hvidt, Denmark
BBb Bass – Ken van Hoylandt, Belgium
BBb Bass – Josh Worman, Wales
Percussion – Josef Sollinger, Austria
Percussion – Arnold Stetter, Sweden
Percussion – Catherine Lynch, Northern Ireland
Percussion – Charlie Saunders, England

 

27.02.2019

Adjudicators for EBBC Montreux announced.

The European Brass Band Association is pleased to announce the adjudicators for the European Brass Band Championships, the European Composers Competition and the European Youth Brass Band Contest to be held in Montreux, Switzerland, 25 – 28 April 2019.

The Championship Section set test-piece and Challenge Section will be judged by trombone virtuoso Ian Bousfield, conductor and teacher Hervé Grelat and trumpeter and conductor Bert Van Thienen.

The jury for Saturday’s own choice contest is composer Jan van der Roost, euphonium soloist and teacher Thomas Rüedi and conductor and composer Rieks van der Velde.

Judges for the European Composer Competition (25 April) will comprise Lucy Pankhurst, John Pickard and Oliver Waespi. The European Youth Brass Band Contest (28 April) will see Anne Crookston and Glyn Williams judging the bands in both the Premier and Development competitions.

Paul Hindmarsh, Chair of the EBBA Music Commission, commented: “The EBBA Music Commission is delighted to have been able to secure the services of some of the foremost composers, conductors, performers and educators in the international band community to sit on the judging panels in Montreux. Their gifts and skills are widely admired and they bring with them many years of experience at the top of the banding world and beyond.”

European Composer Competition
Lucy Pankhurst (England)
John Pickard (England)
Oliver Waespi (Switzerland)

Set test piece Championship Section / Challenge Section:
Ian Bousfield (England)
Hervé Grelat (Switzerland)
Bert Van Thienen (Belgium)

Own choice piece Championship Section:
Jan Van der Roost (Belgium)
Thomas Rüedi (Switzerland)
Rieks van der Velde (The Netherlands)

European Youth Brass Band Contest:
Anne Crookston (Scotland)
Glyn Williams (Wales)

27.02.2019

The tickets for competitions on Friday and Saturday are all sold out. There are still a few tickets available for the Saturday evening gala concert and the European Youth Brass Band Championships on Sunday.

Les billets pour les concours du vendredi et du samedi ont tous trouvé preneurs. Il reste quelques places disponibles pour le concert de gala du samedi soir et le Concours Européen des Brass Bands de Jeunes du dimanche.

Die Tickets für die Wettbewerbe vom Freitag und vom Samstag sind restlos ausverkauft. Es bleiben noch ein paar wenige Plätze für das Gala-Konzert, und auch der Europäische Jugend Brass Band Wettbewerb vom Sonntag hat noch freie Plätze

21.02.2019

EBBC 2019 – 2nd sale February 27th at 12pm

As announced, a second sale of tickets for the EBBC 2019 is planned. It will start on Wednesday, February 27th at 12pm. Considering the short time in which the first batch has been sold, we expect the remaining quota to be sold out in a few minutes. Thank you for your understanding.

Conformément à ce qui a été annoncé, une deuxième vente de billets pour l’EBBC 2019 est prévue. Elle démarrera le mercredi 27 février à 12h00. Au vu de la ruée qu’a générée le premier lot, nous nous attendons à ce que le contingent restant disparaisse en quelques minutes. Merci de votre compréhension.

Wie vorangekündigt gibt es einen zweiten Ticket-Verkauf für den EBBC 2019, dieser startet am Mittwoch, 27. Februar um 12.00 Uhr. Nach den Erfahrungen vom ersten Ticketverkauf rechnen wir damit, dass die restlichen Tickets innert wenigen Minuten ausverkauft sein werden. Danke fürs Verständnis.

 

07.02.2019

Line up of bands EBBC 2019 Montreux

The European Brass Band Association is pleased to announce the line up of bands for the 42nd European Brass Band Championship, which will be held at the banks of Lake Genèva in the impressive Stravinski Auditorium in Montreux, Switzerland.

A total of 18 bands will take to the stage in Montreux for what promises to be fantastic and also historic contest, with two bands from last year’s Challenge Section promoted to the Championship Section that will now comprise 13 bands. It will be the first time since their first appearance in 2015 that the Italian Brass Band will compete against the very best bands in the world in the Championship Section. The Italian champions will be joined by Göta Brass Band from Sweden following an excellent performance in the Challenge Section last year. They will be joining Europe’s other champion bands. Reigning champion Valaisia Brass Band and Brass Band Bürgermusik Luzern will both appear as the home bands representing Switzerland. Given a line up that also includes Cory Band, Brass Band Willebroek, Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag, Paris Brass Band, Brighouse & Rastrick, 3BA, Concord Brass Band, Provinciale Brass Band Groningen and Brass Band Oberösterreich, it promises to be an exciting, high quality EBBC.

EBBA is delighted to announce that for the first time in the history of the EBBC, we will be welcoming a band from Spain to the ‘Europeans’. Malaga Brass Band and their conductor Víctor Eloy López Cerezo will be making the trip to Montreux to compete against four other bands in the Challenge Section. General Secretary Kor Niehof commented: “I’ve been impressed by the willingness and enthusiasm of the Malaga Brass Band to make a success of their debut at the European. It’s an honor to work with them towards the contest in Montreux’. The five band competing in the Challenge Section are: 1st Old Boys Band from Northern Ireland, the German Brass Band Regensburg, Annan Town Band from Scotland, Brass LT from Lithunia and the Malaga Brass Band.

EBBA President, Ulf Rosenberg adds: “It’s great to see the brass band movement in Europe still developing, with bands making their debuts in the Championship Section and with the participation of a band from Spain in the Challenge Section. We are looking forward to all the performances, set tests and own-choice pieces, at the 42nd EBBC in Montreux.”

Since it was established in 2014 at Perth, Scotland, the European Youth Brass Band Contest became an established part of the European Brass Band Championships. This year’s edition will see nine participating at Sunday 28 April in Montreux. Defending champion in the Development Section, Wardle Academy Youth Band (England), will compete against Brass Band Aukstyn (Lithuania), Smørås Skolemusikk (Norway) and Elland Silver Youth Band (England). Youth Brass 2000 (England) will defend their Premier Section title against BML-talents (Switzerland), Catch Basin Brass Band (Austria), Lions Youth Brass Band (England) and JBB Blechklang (Germany).

Championship Section

3BA Concert Band
Brass Band Bürgermusik Luzern
Brass Band Oberösterreich
Brass Band Willebroek
Brighouse & Rastrick
Concord Brass Band
Cory Band
Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag
Göta Brass Band
Italian Brass Band
Paris Brass Band
Provinciale Brass Band Groningen
Valaisia Brass Band*
                                                       *defending champion

Challenge Section

1st Old Boys Band
Annan Town
Band Brass Band Regensburg
Brass LT
Malaga Brass Band

European Youth Brass Band Contest

Development Section

Brass Band Auktyn
Elland Silver Youth Band
Smørås Skolemusik
Wardle Academy Youth Band*
                                                               *defending champion

Premier Section

BML Talents
Catch Basin Brass Band
Jugend Brass Band Blechklang
Lions Youth Brass Band
Youth Brass 2000*
                                                               *defending champion

07.02.2019

The Music Commission of the European Brass Band Association (EBBA) is pleased to announce the set test pieces for the 43rd European Brass Band Championships to be held in the Stravinsky Hall, Montreux, Switzerland, Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April 2019.

The Championship test piece
Dear Cassandra (Concerto for Brass Band No. 14) by Ludovic Neurohr

The test piece has been commissioned by the Swiss Brass Band Association for the 43rd European Brass Band Championships. The title, Dear Cassandra, is taken from Greek mythology. Cassandra predicted the arrival of the Trojan Horse. In his virtuoso and highly personal work, composer Ludovic Neurohr attempts, in his words, ‘to interrogate through the music and the compositional process the future direction brass band music might or might not take. Beyond the curiosity of knowing how the future will be written, the fear to being locked into writing only for human technical capacities haunts my thoughts, and especially composing what has already done hundreds of times before…’

Dear Cassandra is cast in three movements playing continuously. It opens in exploratory mode, as the players search for new sounds from a single tone. Using the rhythm of Dear-Cas-san-dra (long-short-long-short) as the principal motif, the material gradually coalesces as the composer asks the question, ‘Is this the right path to follow?’ Other musical elements and styles are drawn into the musical ‘discussion’.

Several references are used in this 16′ minutes work to picture few images created by the composer. The Finale will invite the audience to imagine what the composer finally think about Cassandra’s advices. People can also make their own opinion about this theme but the principal goal of this work is asking ourselves about this: Where are we going ?

Check for the CV of Ludovic the EBBA website: www.ebba.eu.com

The Challenge Section test piece
Terezín by Mario Bürki

This test piece has been commissioned by the Swiss Brass Band Association for the 43rd European Brass Band Championships. Terezín is a fortress built by the Emperor Josef II, ruler of the Austro-Hungarian lands from 1780-90 and a noted patron of the arts and music, commissioning both Mozart and Beethoven. Although the building named after his mother Maria Theresa was supposed to be used for defence, it became infamous first of all as a prison, and later during World War Two as a Jewish ghetto and concentration camp. The composer writes: ‘The many memorials and museums are depressing, intense, sad and inspire to reflect. But its spaciousness and size are also impressive and intense. My work Terezín tries to reproduce these moods, which I was able to experience myself during a visit in spring 2018. It became very clear to me how cruelly people were treated here. I would like to believe that it is worth honouring the history of those who have been lost and that humanity will strive to avoid such malignancy.’

“A second transport from Pilsen arrived. People were in a deplorable state. The newcomers were cowherded, quite gratuitously…” [Eva Roubíková, Ghetto Theresienstadt, 22 January 1942]

Check for the CV of Mario Bürki the EBBA website: www.ebba.eu.com

01.02.2019

Today ticket sale for EuroBrass19 has been released online. After some technical problems at the beginning, the tickets were sold out after a few minutes for the contests of Friday and Saturday.

During next weeks, we will get some pre-reserved tickets back from bands, EBBA and local organization. They will be sold on the same channels. The start of the second release will be communicated on this website. Thank you for your understanding.

Der Ticketverkauf für den EuroBrass19 hat heute Mittag begonnen. Nach anfänglichen, technischen Problemen waren die Tickets für die Wettbewerbe vom Freitag und Samstag sehr schnell ausverkauft.

In den nächsten Wochen werden auf Grund von Vorreservationen der teilnehmenden Bands, der EBBA und dem Durchführungsland wohl noch einige Tickets zurückkommen. Diese werden anschliessend wiederum öffentlich verkauft. Wir werden über den Zeitpunkt des zweiten Verkaufs informieren. Wir danken für das Verständnis.

La vente des billets pour l’Eurobrass19 a débuté ce jour à midi. Après de menus problèmes techniques, les contingents disponibles pour les concours du samedi et du vendredi ont tous trouvé rapidement preneurs. Sur la base des retours de pré réservations des ensembles participants, de l’EBBA et de l’organisation locale, de nouveaux contingents seront disponibles prochainement par le même canal. Une communication idoine sera alors effectuée.

 

27.01.2019

Tickets EBBC 2019 go on sale!

We are very pleased to announce that the ticket sales for the 2019 European Brass Band Championships (EuroBrass19) in Montreux, Switzerland (20th – 28th of April), start on 1st of February, 12pm *. Tickets can be ordered via www.swissbrass.ch/eurobrass19/tickets/ were you can find a link to order the tickets.

Tickets are available for:
– 25 April : European Composers Competition – final
– 26 April: EBBC Championship Section – Set Test Piece
– 27 April: EBBC Challenge Section and EBBC Championship Section Own Choice Piece
– 27 April: Gala Concert
– 28 April: European Youth Brass Band Contest – Development and Premier Section
– and also combi-tickets for all the events mentioned above.

The 42nd European Brass Band Championships will take place in the famous Auditorium Stravinski, in Montreux. The final of the Composers Competition will take place in Montreux as well, but in the Casino Barrière.

*) closer to the event more single tickets might become available

 

18.01.2019

7th European Composers Competition, 2019

The Music Commission of the European Brass Band Association (EBBA) is pleased to announce the three new works for brass band that will receive their premiere
performances in the final of 7th European Composers Competition, to be held in the Salle de Concert, Casino Barrière, Montreux, Switzerland, Thursday 25 April 2019.

The three finalists in alphabetical order of composer are:
– Bipolarity by Stijn Aertgeerts (Belgium)
– A Dialogue of Transmogrified Souls by Daniel Hall (England)
– Ironbright by Paul Saggers (England)

EBBA Music Commission Chairman, Paul Hindmarsh comments: “It was an exceptional year. All ten compositions, which we judged anonymously, had much to commend them for their imagination, craft and handling of the brass band medium.
My colleagues on the judging panel, Oliver Waespi and Lucy Pankhurst, were impressed by the personal ‘voices’ that shone through the entries. We are looking forward to an excellent final, when Stijn, Daniel and Paul will hear their works for the first time.”

The EBBA Music Commission wishes to congratulate the other composers who entered the competition. They are Aurelien Darbellay (The Wicked Reflection),Cedric Fuhrer (Beyond All Summits), Louis Kroni (Miracle on the Hudson) and Théo Schmitt (Particles Dance) from Switzerland; Linas Rupslaukis (Ditto) from Lithuania, Pierre-Antoine Savoyat (…Our Shame…) from France and Mathias Wehr (The Complete Champions) from Germany.

Stijn Aertgeerts (b. 1992) is a member of the tuba section of Brass Band Willebroek. His first instrument was the cornet,and in that capacity Stijn was a member of the European Youth Brass Band of 2006 and 2007 in
Belfast and Birmingham respectively. He continued his studies at the Music Academy of Antwerp where his teacher was Arthur Vanderhoeft, and in 2007 accepted Frans Violet’s invitation join Young Brass Band Willebroek. Less than a year later, in consultation with his cornet teacher Arthur Vanderhoeft, he switched to E-flat bass and within a few months joined Brass Band Willebroek. In 2010 Stijn continued his studies with Frans Violet at Antwerp Conservatoire. Stijn’s compositions have been performed by leading bands and soloists across Europe, including Eikanger-Bjorsvik. Since April 2016 he has been the conductor of Brassband Burgipja.

Daniel Hall is a 22 year-old composer, cornettist and conductor from Cornwall currently in his final year of undergraduate study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. In January 2016 Daniel won the third John Golland Award at the Royal Northern
College of Music Brass Band Festival. As his prize, the John Golland Trust commissioned a new brass band work and Sanctuary!, the set test in the Premier Section of the 2019 European Youth Brass Band Contest, is the
result. Daniel’s music has been performed in Lithuania, Switzerland, France and at major venues in the UK, including the Barbican Hall (London) and The Sage Gateshead (Brass in Concert). His work Smoke Sketches was commissioned by Brass Bands England as one of the set tests for the 2017 National Youth Championships of Great Britain.

Paul Saggers (b. 1985) was born in Cornwall.
He started playing the cornet at the age of 12, more recently playing for the Camborne Town Band and the Flowers Band. At the age of 25 he decided to pursue a career in the Royal Marines Band Service and is currently based in the Plymouth Band. His interest in composition started later in life after enrolling in the BMus degree programme through the Royal Marines.
His first work to be performed by a brass band, entitled The Great Storm Cat, was premiered by The Cornwall Youth Brass Band of which he was a member. His work The Roar of the Khamsin was shortlisted for the 2017 RWCMD composer competition and was premiered by the Cory Band. Paul has written
extensively for Wind Band and is working towards an MMus in Composition through the Royal Marines in partnership with Plymouth University. He is currently studying with Simon Dobson.

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02.12.2018

Set pieces EYBBC Montreux announced.

The Music Commission of the European Brass Band Association (EBBA) is pleased to announce the set test pieces for the sixth European Youth Brass Band Contest to be held in the Stravinsky Hall, Montreux, Switzerland, Sunday 28 April 2019.

Youth Contest (Premier) Sanctuary! by Daniel Hall (10 mins)

Youth Contest (Development) Argos by Stephan Hodel (8 mins)

Created to challenge experienced youth and community bands, Sanctuary! is inspired by Victor Hugo’s novel of 1931, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The title is a reference to the climax of the story when heroic Quasimodo rescues Esmerelda from death and carries her to the top of the bell tower whilst screaming “Sanctuary! Sanctuary! Sanctuary!”.
The work in in three movements, dominated by the sound of bells. The first movement, Cour des Miracles, depicts the sounds of a colourful festival with the bells of Notre Dame ringing joyously. The second, Miséricorde, is an ardent song from the bell ringer, Quasimodo, to his adored Esmerelda, declaring his unbounded love. The final movement, ANANKH, refers to the message that Hugo intended for the book, fate and destiny. The suite concludes with a reprise of the love song, signifying hope and restoration.

The performing material of Sanctuary! is being produced specially for the contest by the composer and can be ordered exclusively by email from Paul Hindmarsh, Chair EBBA Music Commission, pehindmarsh@btinternet.com.

Argos was commissioned by the Luzerner Kantonal-Blasmusikverbandes LKBV. Completed in the Autumn of 2009, it was the set test piece in the third section of the 2010 Lucerne Cantonal Music Festival, Willisau. Argos is one of the oldest cities in Greece, a powerful rival of Sparta, Athens, and Corinth. The word Argos can also be translated as ‘bright’ or ‘shining’, which is the meaning that Stephan Hodel has adopted for his bright, festive suite. Argos is in three parts, a fanfare-like opening, a song or chorale-like middle section, and a light-hearted final movement.

Check our website for the CV of both composers. goo.gl/9dHfqm

 

30.10.2018

European Youth Brass Band Contest, 2019

The European Youth Brass Band Contest will provide a platform for Europe’s finest youth brass bands to perform a programme of musical excellence which is also entertaining in a competitive environment. In doing so this will encourage the development of youth brass bands throughout the member countries of the European Brass Band Association, fostering enduring social links between the young people taking part and will help to create a better understanding of the cultural diversity throughout Europe.

The EYBBC will take place on 28 April in Montreux, Switzerland, and will be part of the European Brass Band Championships 2019.

Bands which are interested to participate can show their interest by contacting EBBA’s General Secretary Kor Niehof via: generalsecretary@ebba.eu.com

The deadline for all bands entering the contest will be the 31st December, 2018.

There will be no fee for entering the competition.

Download here the rules and regulations for the EYBBC 2019: https://www.ebba.eu.com/about-ebba/rules

31.08.2018

7th European Composers Competition 2019
in Montreux, Switzerland.

Composers are invited to apply for a place in the 7th European Composers Competition, to be held in Montreux, Switzerland in 2019 as part of the 42nd European Brass Band Championships.
Composers are invited to submit an original composition for brass band of maximum 12 minutes duration.
The competition will consist of one preliminary round and a final. The final will take place on the 26th April 2019 in the Stravinsky Hall, Montreux, where the new compositions will be performed by a leading Swiss brass band.

The prizes total EUR 2500 (1st), 2000 (2nd), 1500 (3rd) and 500 (audience prize) and 500 (band prize), including support for future commissions or further study. All competitors who reach the final will receive a diploma.

Applicants must have been born on or after January 1st, 1984. Closing date for entries is 1st January 2019. For further details, please contact Kor Niehof –generalsecretary@ebba.eu.com

Rules and regulations and the link to the entry form can found at the EBBA-website www.ebba.eu.com

 

11.06.2018

Test 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.