Royal Wind Band Delft performed in the New Church of Delft

November 14 the Royal Wind Band Delft was invited for a special occasion, the opening of the new church. After a long period of renovation this great historic church  was the stage for us.  We started with music form the Film: Soldier of Orange ! Delft is inextricably linked with the Dutch royal family. Almost every deceased member of the…

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Adjudicating Siddis Brass and the Swedish National Brassband Championships

October 4th  I went to Stanvanger to adjudicate Siddis Brass. Teaming up with Frank Renton we adjudicated the 1st division. It was impressive to see the event took place in 3 good concert halls at the same time, all close to eachother. Eikanger  performed a stunning galaconcert featuring some great soloists ! Full Result: http://www.4barsrest.com/news/detail.asp?id=27804 October 10-12 I went to Varnamo Sweden…

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Visit to Valais

Last weekend I was invited  to work with Rose Alp Brassband and their condcutor David Bonvin. The weekend was the start of their preparation of Blitz for this band, the set test piece at the Swiss nationals in the 1st division. On the Saturday morning almost 50 younger  and some more  experienced conductors came to work on blitz, listen to…

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Guest speaker at the NEN Academy

Today I was invited to inspire the management of the NEN at the NEN Academy. Coaching isn’t a great mystery. It’s just hard work, determination, and inspiration at the right moment. What makes a leader inspirational? The ability to inspire people to reach great heights of performance and success is a skill that leaders need. The leader’s behavior must inspire…

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Ensemble de Cuivre Valaisan, preparation for the Swiss open

This weekend I worked with Francois Roh in Valasia. The Ensemble de Cuivra Valaisan where preparing their contest music for this weekends Swiss open Brassband Champions. We worked on their program for this year: the set test piece Metropolis by Peter Graham, Hunnenschlacht bij Franz Liszt and the march The President. It was good to meet all bandmembers again after…

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Carlton Main 7th On British Open Brassband Championships

The Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band conducted by Erik Janssen in the Birmingham concert Hall.   4bars rest wrote the following comments:   A solid opening if not the most atmospheric we’ve heard today and Black Land proceeds without major incident. The Towering Colliery impresses in its sound and this is coming across as a workmanlike performance whilst not grabbing…

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NNJO Denmark tour

July 29th till August 6th we had our summertour to Denmark and Germany. Het Noord Nederlands Jeugdorkest  (www.nnjo.nl)  ( North Dutch youth windband) toured with over 70 young musicians. After some great concert in Denmark and Germany, places like Aarhus, Bremen and Hamburg. Michael Steenbergen delivered a great memory: he produced this nice clip Enjoy:    

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Academie de Cuivres et Percussion de Larmor Plage, France

Last weekend I was invited to give a masterclass to some young conductors in France. The organsiation was impressive and it is great to see so many young and talented brassplayers  working together. All teachers involved where stunning and so dedicated. The students of the conducting class worked with me and the artistic director of the week Florent Didier. The…

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World Music contest Kerkrade

It was a great weekend in Kerkrade! Last weekend I was priviliged to conduct my 2 favorite bands in Kerkrade during the World Music Contest. It was a pleasure to welcome my friend from Yorkshire in our great little country! The galaconcert with Carlton Main was Live broadcasted on the Radio. We featured a program featuring  some of Ben Hollings compositions.…

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