ECWO, the European Championship for Wind Orchestras is an international non-profit association, with the purpose of arranging the European Championship for Wind Orchestras. Our mission is to promote wind music and the values connected with wind music.
Through organising the championship the association wishes to:
– Promote wind music and the values connected with wind music
– Improve and help sustain high levels within wind orchestras
– Stimulate and support international contacts and networking
– Promote and develop new repertoire for harmony orchestras
The ECWO association is a foundation falling under the stipulations of the Belgian law. The organisation is formally located in Gent (Charles de Kerchovelaan 17 - 9000 Gent).
Read the articles of association
Organisations of wind orchestras from European countries can become a member of the ECWO association. The ECWO association is steered by the General Meeting, which consists of one delegate per member organisation. The general Meeting appoints a Managing Board, which is responsible for the daily management of ECWO.
ECWO was founded in 2014 by the national wind band federations from Belgium (VLAMO), Denmark (DAO), the Netherlands (KNMO), Norway (NMF), Sweden (SBM) and the United Kingdom (BASBWE). Meanwhile also the national federations of France (CMF), Germany (BDMV) and Switzerland (SBV) became member.
VLAMO Belgium Mr. Michel Willé
DAO Denmark Mr. Jonas Viggo Pedersen
CMF France Mr. Ludovic Laurent-Testoris
BDMV Germany Mrs. Anita Huhn
KNMO the Netherlands Mr. Bart van Meijl
NMF Norway Mr. Karl Ole Midtbø
SBM Sweden Mr. Perry Göransson
SBV Switzerland Mrs. Luana Menoud-Baldi
BASBWE United Kingdom Mr. Bill Connor
Mrs. Berit Handegard - President (N)
Mr. Toon Peerboom - Secretary (NL)
Mr. Jan Matthys - Treasurer (BE)
Mr. Lennart Blak Jensen - Communications (DK)
Mr. Bill Connor - Musical Affairs (UK)