VOBK 2014: the locations

Plan VOBK 2014

The contest is taking place at the City theatre of Mechelen, address: Keizerstraat 3.

The warm up and dressing room is to be accessed via the entrance at Voochtstraat 6, Mechelen.

The band stand concerts are at the Veemarkt.

All information about parking your car in Mechelen.

 

 

 

 

VOBK 2014: the music

Each band will perform a programme lasting no longer than thirty minutes. It should contain at least a short set piece and a test piece of own choice. The set pieces are Universal message (Leslie Condon), Phoenix (Peter Graham), Banks of Doon (traditional arr. Luc Vertommen) and The King of Love my Shepherd is (transcr. Mike Kilmartin).

The set pieces are all short introductory works allowing the bands a lot of time to highlight their particular strengths in their own choice pieces.

A selection of other pieces that will be performed throughout the competition: Symphony in two movements (Edward Gregson), Tristan Encounters (Martin Ellerby), Music of the Spheres (Philip Sparke), Vivat! (Tom Davoren), From ancient times (Jan Van der Roost), English heritage (George Lloyd), Shine as the light (Peter Graham), Labour and love (Percy Fletcher), A London Overture (Philip Sparke)…

The Flemish Open audience will also get one premiere to savour. Derek Bourgeois’ Ad Astra was commissioned by Brass Band Heist and their MD Bert Van Thienen.

VOBK 2014: participants and timing

The championship will commence with section B on Saturday afternoon, 2 p.m., in which current VOBK section B champion Brass Band Bacchus will lock horns with Brass Band Scaldis and the German bands Cologne Concert Brass and Youth Brass Band NRW and the Dutch band Excelsior Kloetinge.

At 6 p.m. the highest section A will see the German 3BA Concert Brass being competed by the Belgian bands: Brass Band BuizingenBrass Band HeistBrass Band LeielandFestival Brass Band and Noord-Limburgse Brass Band – we are very much looking forward to this.

On Sunday morning the contest will start early. As from 10.30 a.m. the five bands of section D will start their playing: from Belgium we have Brass Band St Cecilia LeestBrass Band Lembeek and United Brass; from France Brass Band de Roncq and from the Netherlands Brass Band Looft den Heer will travel to Mechelen.

On Sunday afternoon at 2.30 p.m. the first notes will sound in section C. Three bands will sign as present in this category. From Belgium: De Grensbewoneres Smeermaas and Brassband Euterpe. They will be rivalled by the French Brass Band Atout Vent.

Cancellations participating bands VOBK 2014

The following bands have cancelled their participation in the VOBK 2014:

  • Brassband Schoonhoven A
  • Brassband Willebroek
  • Young Brass Band Willebroek
  • Brassband David
  • Van de Kreeke Brassband Limburg

 

The organising committee regrets these cancellations and hopes these bands will be participating again in the future.

An updated time schedule will be published in the coming days.

 

 

 

Order your tickets

You can order your tickets as of now.

For Saturday April 5 there are three prices:

  • For Section B you pay only 5 euro.
  • For Section A there is presale of tickets at 15 Euro and at the entrance you’ll be asked to pay 18 Euro (if there still are tickets available).

For Sunday April 6 we charge a day price of 8 euro for Sections C and D.

 

Important: members of the participating bands don’t need a ticket for their own section – see the rules: “The entry fee also allows the band musicians access to all performances of other bands starting in the same section (On 6 April access is included for the whole day).”

 

Questions to office@vobk.org, order tickets via the form on www.vobk.org/tickets

VOBK 2014 – the adjudicators

On Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 April Rob Goorhuis, Blaise Héritier and Frank Renton will determine the winner in four sections during the 2014 Flemish Open Brass Band Championship. All participating bands can of course expect a constructive report on their musical programme.

rob goorhuis

We’ve asked Rob Goorhuis (NL) to preside this adjudication team.

Rob is one of the leading composers at this moment in time. In a very characteristic idiom he writes music for various orchestral forms. His renewing impulses into the Dutch wind music scene have lead to stormy developments of this repertoire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

blaiseheritierBlaise Héritier (CH) conducts the Ensemble de Cuivres Jurassien, the Blasorchester Siebnen and the Ensemble Vocale EVOCA.

Since 2004 Blaise has been president of the musical commission of the Swiss Association Suisse des Musiques.

 

 

 

 

frank rentonFrank Renton (UK) is a musician, conductor and radio voice for BBC Radio 2′s Listen to the Band.

Frank first earned a living as a professional trumpet-player, gaining conducting experience where possible. Appointments followed in Germany and in Singapore.

Frank variously ran a music school in York, played with Versatile Brass, and eventually began working with the BBC Concert and Radio Orchestras.

Frank returned to London to become Principal Conductor of the Royal Artillery Orchestra, London’s oldest professional orchestra. In 1988 he was appointed Principal Conductor of the British Concert Orchestra. He also began to broadcast regularly on BBC Radio, writing and presenting his own musical programmes.

He is a member of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, and in 1989 became a Freeman of the City of London.

Set works VOBK 2014

The set works for the 2014 VOBK are

Section A

Section B

Section C

Section D

  • The King of Love My Shepherd Is, transc. Mike Kilmartin (www.bvtmusic.be)

 

 

 

 

5th Flemish Open Brass Band Championship on 5/6 April 2014 !

The next, 5th Flemish Open Brass Band Championship will be held on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 April 2014 in the City Theatre of Mechelen, Belgium.

The championship will proceed generally according to the same schedule as previous editions, with Section B on Saturday afternoon, Section A on Saturday evening, Section D on Sunday morning and Section C on Sunday afternoon.

Brass bands that would like to participate, can leave their contact details at office@vobk.org.

We’ll keep you posted afterwards with details on set works, deadlines, adjudicators, prizes, etc.

Participants & timing

Section B – 14 April 2012 – 15:00

The championship will commence with section B on Saturday afternoon, 3 p.m., in which the Belgian Brass Band Bacchus locks horns with the Dutch bands Delta Brass Zeeland and David from Zwolle.

Section A – 14 April 2012 – 18:00

At 6 p.m. the highest section A will see big names attending the championship: Belgian bands competing are Brass Band Buizingen and Brass Band Willebroek – both serious contesters for the title. From the Netherlands heavyweights as Brass Band Schoonhoven and Brass Band Rijnmond will come to Mechelen. Finally, from Germany 3BA Concert Brass competes for the first time internationally at this level – we are very much looking forward to this.

Section D – 15 April 2012 – 10:30

On Sunday morning the contest starts early. As from 10.30 a.m. the seven bands of section D will start their playing: from Belgium we have Brass Band VlimmerenBrass Band Lembeek, Bravoer and St Cecilia Leest; from Germany Brass Band Düren.

Section C – 15 April 2012 – 15:00

On Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. the first notes will sound in section C. Four bands will sign as present in this category. From Belgium: Brass Band Panta Rhei, Mons St. Georges Brass Band and Young Brass Band Willebroek. They will be rivalled by the Dutch Brass Band Schoonhoven B.

 

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The music

Set pieces

Each band will perform a programme lasting no longer than thirty minutes. It should contain at least a short set piece and a test piece of own choice. The set pieces are Flashlight (Jan Van der Roost), Prelude to a Hero (Joop van Dijk), Prelude and Choral (Stijn Roels – premiere) and Fanfare for a Festival (Peter Meechan).

Free choice programme

The set pieces are all short introductory works allowing the bands a lot of time to highlight their particular strengths in their own choice pieces. A selection of pieces that will be performed throughout the competition: Blitz (Derek Bourgeois), Journey to the Centre of the Earth (Peter Graham), Music of the Spheres (Philip Sparke), Audivi Media Nocte (Oliver Waespi), The Saga of Haakon the Good (Philip Sparke), Tallis Variations (Philip Sparke), Partita (Philip Wilby), Penlee (Simon Dobson), Renaissance (Peter Graham), Dimensions (Peter Graham) and many more.

Premieres

The Flemish Open audience will get two more premieres to savour. Hermann Pallhuber wrote A Fanfare of Bells which is programmed in section A. In the same section you will hear the contest premiere of the brand new piece When Worlds Collide by the British composer Nigel Clarke. A spectacular piece we hear, seeking to recreate the atmosphere and sentiment of the American cult Sci-Fi movies of the 1950’s.

“`When Worlds Collide´ seeks to recreate the atmosphere and sentiment of the American cult Sci-Fi movies of the 1950’s such as Robert Wise’s 1951 film `The day the Earth Stood Still’ and `Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ directed by Don Siegel in 1956, as well as Rudolph Maté’s 1951 film `When Worlds Collide’. It is programmatic with subtitled sub-sections: Crop Circles – Lights in the Sky – Strange Happenings – Sightings – “We Come In Peace” – Alien Abduction – Analysis of the Earthlings – Teleportation – New Understandings – Visions of Far Off Worlds – Colonisation! I have tried to design `When Worlds Collide´ to sound uniquely different depending on the band that is performing it.” — Dr. Nigel Clarke