Applause for Johan de Meij

The celebration of johan’s 65st birthday and celebrating 30 years of his Symphony The Lord of the Ring was indeed a perfect concert. Johan wrote a comment: A dream came True!!! And I can only agree. We received an invitation to be part of this event some time ago. Johan asked if we could play Fellini for windband, circusband and…

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Addergebroed in concert

The Premiere of the Musical with the NNJO. The Noord Nederlands Youth Orchestra (www.nnjo.nl) premiered the Musical Addergebroed in theater de Kolk in Assen on september 15th. The musical tells a story about Johannes van Lier and the province of Drenthe. There will be more performances in 2018. The music and musical was written with a main role for the…

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Swinging Summer Tour 2018

The Noord Nederlands Jeugdorkest on tour! From august 29th to September 5th the NNJO visited the Dolomites in Italy and Zell am See in Austria! We rehearsed and performed in, Asolo, Calalzo de Cadore, Nevegal, Belluno, Sacile and Zell am See. Suzanne and Linda Kannegieter joined as vocalists this year. The Theatre in Asolo was so beautifull!!! In total 90…

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Royal Wind Band Delft summer tour 2018: Estonia en Letvia

From July 22th till july 29th the Royal Wind Band Delft toured through the Baltic states. We departed from Schiphol airport to Riga. The first concert was in Riga ! After Riga we traveled to Olustvere for a conducting masterclass and a concert. Bert Langerer organised this tour and he did a briljant job. The masterclass for conducting students was…

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Grutsk !

The Last Saturday of July Grutsk took place in Leeuwarden. The NNJO www.nnjo.nl was invited to be the finalle of the evening program. We featured some of our own soloists such as Maria, Arnaud, Christien, Denice and Marc. The program: Fanfare Festive,  Michael Geiseler Moment for Morricone arranged by Johan de Meij, featuring Julia Philippens on Violin Vidda , Ole Edvard…

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3rd place on Championships debut !

This was the first foreign contest for the band in the Championships Division ! Despite the indifferent weather there was no dampening of the musical spirits in Cornwall as the famous West of England Bandsman’s Contest took place at Molinnis Park in Bugle. The Championship Section title and the famous Royal Trophy were won for the 31st time by St…

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Adjudicating in Bad Kissingen

The second weekend of May the German Brassband Championships took place for the 7th time. The German organsiation had choosen some great classic compositions as set test pieces. All composed by Gilbert Vinter and Eric Ball. Frank Renton from England and Geir Ulseth from Norway completed the team. It all started Friday evening with the performance of the set test…

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European Brassband Championships Utrecht 2018

The day after: What a great event we hosted in Utrecht ! Such a joy to be member of 2 fine adjudicating teams. Russell Gray, Joe Parisi, Jan de Haan, Blaise Heritier, Ian Porthouse, Tormod Flatten, Simone Rebello and Martin Winter: thank you all for being great company. Even better to see you all liked a dutch treat: Broodje kroket…

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European Brassband Championship 2018 Utrecht

Busy times studying the scores for the European Brassband Championships. On thursday 3rd of  May the Final of the European Soloist competition  will take place in Tivoli Utrecht. Together with  Simone Rebello, Tormod Flatten and Martin Winter I will form the adjudication team. Looking forward to see Russel Gray and Brassband Schoonhoven doing the accompaniment of the 3 best solist…

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