The European Brass Band Association is pleased to announce the adjudicators for the European Brass Band Championships, the European Soloist Competition and the European Youth Brass Band Contest to be held as part of the European Brass Band Festival 2023, Malmö, Sweden, 1 – 7 May.
The week begins with the European Soloist Competition, with 17 semi-finalists competing on the Monday. Judging the semi-finals will be three very highly respected soloists in their own right; Glenn van Looy (Switzerland), Camilla Søderstrøm Tveit (Norway) and Simone Rebello (England). Judging the three concerto finalists in the Finale Concert, accompanied by the Concord Brass Band, will be Katrina Marzella-Wheeler (Scotland), Allan Withington (Norway) and Olle Elfström (Sweden). Olle is the Principal Trombonist of the Malmö Symphony Orchestra.
The jury for the Championship Set Test sees Allan Withington return for a second day, joined by Phillipe Bach (Switzerland) and Ivan Meylemans (Belgium) – all three respected orchestral musicians and conductors, with plenty of European experience under their belts. Adjudicating the Championship Own Choice competition are the distinguished trio of Michael Bach (Switzerland), Bert van Thienen (Belgium) and Sheona White (Scotland), who between them have totalled numerous victories at the Europeans.
Judging the Challenge Section on the Saturday morning, sees Musical Director of the English National Opera, Martyn Brabbins joined by Ivan Meylemans and the highly experienced Anne Crookston (Scotland). Making the important decisions in the Youth Competitions on the Sunday are Anne Crookston, Martyn Brabbins, Bert van Thienen and Sheona White.
Chair of the EBBA Music Commission, Chris King, commented: “The Music Commission is delighted that we have been able to secure the services of such an impressive body of jury members for the Festival in Malmö. They bring many years of experience as professional musicians and expertise in the art of banding to the events.”
– Set Test Piece
– Own Choice
Bert van Thienen
Bert van Thienen