Date and schedule
14-15 April 2012
Saturday: section B (afternoon) and A (evening)
Sunday: section D and C (during the day)
City Theatre – Mechelen (between Antwerp and Brussels in Belgium, easily accessible – google maps)
Sections, prizes and programme
Section A is the highest category. Significant prizes will be awarded to every winner, second and third band in each section by an international and accomplished team of adjudicators.
Entering the championship costs € 200 (granting band musicians access to the section in which they are competing). Already a lot of bands expressed their interest to attend the 2012 championship, but applications – especially for the lower sections – are still very welcome at email@example.com.
Each band performs a 30 minute programme comprising:
- a short set piece, different for each section
- a contest piece of own choice, at the level of the section in which the brass band wishes to compete
- an additional programme as time allows
History – background
The championship is organised under the leadership of chairman Michel Leveugle for the fourth time by Brass Band Hombeek (previous contests in 2005, 2008 and 2010).
The number of participating bands has gone up every time the championship was organized, from almost 20 in 2005 to 24 in 2010. Of course a lot of Belgian bands competed (Willebroek, Buizingen, Festival Brass Band, Noord-Limburgse Brass Band…), but also several bands from the Netherlands, Germany, France, UK and Switzerland participated.
The championship is organised in close cooperation with the city of Mechelen which ensures smooth logistics of the competition.
The contest is known for its professional organisation and very pleasant atmosphere.
It keenly supports the writing and performances of new music for brass band – in 2010 two of the four set pieces were newly written and in section A Nigel Clarkes ‘Earthrise’ and ‘Chorale Tangents’ by Kenneth Downie were premiered.
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