ECWO 2018

25 May

May 26, 2018

BOZAR Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussel


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25 May

May 26, 2018

BOZAR Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussel


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Official program

Full results

1. Harmonie St. Michael van Thorn 97,92

2. Lillestrom Musikkorps 95,92

3. Koninklijke Harmonie Sint-Cecilia Rotem 95,50

4. Blasorchester Siebnen 95,33

5. The Danish Concert Band 94,00

6. Birmingham Symphonic Winds 89,75

7. Uppsala Blasarsymfoniker 88,33

8. Orchestre d’Harmonie de l’électricite de strasbourg 87,38

9. Union Musical Villamayorense 86,08

Special Prizes

Best soloist performance was won by the Solo Clarinet of KH Sint-Cecilia Rotem (BE).

Best sectional performance was won by the Trombones of The Danish Concert Band (DK).

Best performance of the test piece was won by Harmonie St. Michael van Thorn (NL).


Test Piece

MUTATIONS by Bart Picqueur

Bart Picqueur wrote the piece at the request of Louis Martinus who wanted an original work for a new CD by the Royal Band of the Belgian guides. The inspiration for the work was drawn from two beautiful pieces of wind band music, The Danse Funambulesque  by Jules Strens and Dionysiaque by Florent Schmitt. The result is an accessible contemporary work for concert band. It’s a pragmatic work based on a consistent 4-notes motif, which –as the title suggests– evolves trough the piece. The entire piece forms a diptych, a mysterious lento including a flute solo and a virtuoso dance with a certain groove. The clarinet binds the two parts, in a cadenza in which it shows it’s whole musical range.

Bart Picqueur dedicated the work to his colleagues Louis Martinus and Hardy Mertens because he admires the way in which they continually strive not to give in to the commercial flow. He’s thoroughly convinced that their determination will triumph in the end. Therefore he gave Mutations the fitting subtitle ‘The survival of the fittest’, based on Charles Darwin’s theories of evolution.

Running order

  1. (09.00) Orchestre d'Harmonie de l'électricité de Strasbourg for France
  2. (10.15) Lillestrøm Musikkorps for Norway
  3. (11.30) Unión Musical Villamayorense for  Spain
  4. (13.30) Rødovre Concert Band for Denmark
  5. (14.45) Uppsala Blåsarsymfoniker for Sweden
  6. (16.00) Birmingham Symphonic Winds for United Kingdom
  7. (18.00) Harmonie St. Michael van Thorn for The Netherlands
  8. (19.15) Koninklijke Harmonie Sint-Cecilia Rotem for Belgium
  9. (20.30) Blasorchester Siebnen for Switzerland

Practical information

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