By lucyloupank, May 28 2019 05:23PM
It was an absolute pleasure to be on the judging panel for the European Brass Band Championships Composition Competition alongside Oliver Waespi and John Pickard in Montreux earlier this month.
Huge congratulations to Dan Hall, who was awarded 1st prize for his work 'A Dialogue of Transmogrified Souls'. Congratulations also to Paul Saggers for his superbly descriptive piece 'Ironbright' and to Stijn Aertgeerts for 'Bipolarity', which was awarded the audience and band prizes. It was a fantastic evening spent listening to these new works, performed by brass band Treize Etoiles in the Casino Montreux - a setting with particular musical significance and stunning views across Lake Geneva. Many thanks to EBBA for the invitation.
A huge thank you also to Youth Brass 2000. Celebrating their 30th year, the band commissioned new works from Paul McGhee and myself to be performed as part of their programme at the 2019 Youth Championships at the EBBC in the Stravinsky Hall. Siobhan Bates gave the premiere of the horn solo 'Nightlights' (a descriptive piece, illustrating the view across the lake from the concert hall at night), with Paul McGhee's 'Son of Kong' (a companion piece based on themes from 'King Kong on Rue Igor Stravinsky, commissioned by Brassband Bürgermusik Luzernfor the 2018 Swiss Nationals) concluding the programme.
A wonderful, musical week in one of the most beautiful parts of the world!