VOBK 2020 postponed to 17-18 April 2021

UPDATE: The VOBK 2020 will be postponed to 17-18 April 2021. The set works will remain the same, as well as the memers of the jury.

The gala concert “Brass Band Hombeek 125” will be postponed to 30 January 2021.

The Flemish Open Brass Band organisers are announcing that the 2020 Flemish Open Brass Band Championship (VOBK) scheduled to be held at the Mechelen City Theatre on 18 an 19 April 2020, will be cancelled due to the current Coronavirus pandemic.

We are very sorry about this, but in the light of the current COVID-19 developments and several restrictions put in place by national governments, the championship cannot go ahead as planned. Bands cannot rehearse at the moment and the Belgian federal government crisis measures in place since yesterday evening (link), might be prolonged or strengthened. We just don’t know.

Participation fees of participating brass bands will be refunded or can be made valid as registration fee for next year’s event when that is confirmed.

Audience ticket buyers for the 2020 VOBK will get a refund.

17 April: Gala Concert Brass Band Hombeek 125

affiche Brassband Hombeek 125Since 2005 the Flemish Open Brass Band Championship is organised by Brass Band Hombeek.

Brass Band Hombeek celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2020, as the Royal Fanfare Band Sint Cecilia Hombeek was founded in 1895.

On this occasion Brass Band Hombeek will play a gala concert on the Friday night before the Championship, on April 17th, where soloists Tim De Maeseneer and Glenn Van Looy will be invited..

More information will follow in due time.

Do you already want to book tickets? Send an email to office@vobk.org.

VOBK 2020: registrations closed – international line up published!

On April 18 and 19 the Flemish Open Brass Band Championship (VOBK) will be held at the City Theatre of Mechelen, Belgium. 

27 brass bands will compete in four sections.

You can read all about the jury here and you will find more information about the set works here.

The participants

Section C
(April 18, 12:00 – max. duration of performance 25 min)

  • Backum Brass / NL
  • Brassband David / NL
  • Brassband Gloria Deï / NL
  • Ensemble de Cuivres Mélodia B / CH
  • Jugendbrassband Oberösterreich / AT
  • Mercator Brass Band / BE
  • Rose des Alpes / CH
  • 3BA Experience Band / DE

Section A
(April 18, 17:00 – max. duration of performance 30 min)

  • Brass Band Leieland / BE
  • Ensemble de Cuivres Mélodia / CH
  • Festival Brass Band / BE
  • Hauts-de-France Brass Band / FR
  • Paris Brass Band / FR
  • Provinciale Brassband Groningen / NL
  • Soli Brass Leeuwarden / NL

Section D
(April 19, 10:00 – max. duration of performance 20 min)

  • Brass Band de Thudinie / BE
  • Brass Band Düren / DE
  • Brass Band Roosendaal / NL
  • Brassband Kapelle-op-den-Bos / BE
  • Brassband Lembeek / BE
  • Brassband Vlimmeren / BE
  • United Brass / BE

Section B
(April 19, 14:00 – max. duration of performance 30 min)

  • Brass Band Sursilvana / CH
  • Chr. Brassband Pro Rege Heerenveen / NL
  • Kon. Brassband De Grensbewoners Smeermaas / BE
  • Young Brassband Willebroek / BE
  • Youth Brass Band NRW / DE*

*update: Youth Brass Band NRW will compete in section B instead of section A.