On 18 and 19 April 2020 the Mechelen city theatre will once more be the decor for the bi-annual Vlaams Open Brassband Championship.
The organisation is pleased to be able to count again on Jan de Haan as president of the adjudication team.
Jan de Haan (NL) was already at an early age attracted to conducting. By the age of seventeen, he was already the conductor of several wind bands. He studied music education and trombone in Leeuwarden, and was awarded his conductor’s certificate by the Conservatory in Utrecht, studying with Henk Van Lijnschooten. Jan de Haan was the conductor of a.o. Soli Brass, Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra, the Desford Colliery Brass Band, the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band, all four Dutch military concert bands and the Frysk orkest (Frisian band).
Jan de Haan is regularly serving as an expert and member of the jury in competitions across Europe.
Als second member of the jury we are happy to announce that we can call on the Norwegian Karl Ole Midtbø.
Karl Ole Midtbø (NO) lives in Os, 30 km south of Bergen. He studied trumpet at the Grieg Academy in Bergen and in England.
He was a trumpet player in the army band of Bergen and after that conductor of the army bands of Trondheim and Bergen. Since 2014 Karl Ole has been the secretary general of the Norges Musikkorps Forbund (NMF), the Norwegian Band Federation.
Karl Ole has conducted many of the leading Norwegian wind/brass bands and he has been adjudicator for several (inter)national championships, such as the European Brass Band Championship and the World Music Contest.
Thirdly, Blaise Héritier will once more be present in the jury team.
Blaise Héritier (CH) studied conducting at the Lausanne Conservatoire; he obtained a degree for brass/wind band conducting as well as a higher degree for orchestration.
He currently is musical director of the Ensemble de Cuivres Jurassien and of the Blasorchester Siebnen, both situated in the Excellence category in Switzerland. Next to this, he is founder and musical director of the Chœur symphonique EVOCA.
Blaise conceptualised and created several producetions where he united music with other art forms. He is very often called upon as musical expert in Switzerland and abroad.