Emo­tional test piece for Open Cham­pi­onships

Cynon Valley - - BRASS BAND NOTES -

THE 166th Bri­tish Open Brass Band Cham­pi­onships will be held at Sym­phony Hall, Birm­ing­ham, on Satur­day, Septem­ber 8 and the test piece will be A Brus­sels Re­quiem, which was com­mis­sioned by Brass Band Oberoster­re­ich in Aus­tria and was first played at the 2017 Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in Os­tend.

Com­posed by Bel­gian com­poser Bert Ap­per­mont, the mu­sic deals with all the emo­tions ex­pe­ri­enced at the time and later con­se­quences of the tragic ter­ror­ist at­tacks that oc­curred in the Bel­gian cap­i­tal in March 2016 when 32 peo­ple died.

Bert Ap­per­mont’s mu­sic is per­formed world­wide and has been recorded by, among other or­ches­tras, the BBC Phil­har­monic.

There will be a strong Euro­pean pres­ence at this year’s Bri­tish Open Brass Band Cham­pi­onships as current Bri­tish Open Cham­pi­ons, Valaisia Brass Band from Switzer­land, will be de­fend­ing their ti­tle along with Eikanger-Bjorsvik, who are Euro­pean Cham­pi­ons, Nor­we­gian Cham­pi­ons and 2017 Cham­pi­ons of Brass In Con­cert, and they will be hop­ing to add the Bri­tish Open ti­tle to their con­quests.

How­ever, both these bands will be aware of the very strong com­pe­ti­tion that they will en­counter from the two in­form bands from Wales, Cory and Tre­de­gar!

Valaisia Brass Band, 2017 Swiss and Bri­tish Open cham­pi­ons

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