ECWO 2024

On the 25th of May, Europe's finest wind bands will meet in Oslo Konserthus for the 4th European Championship for Wind Orchestras.
One ticket (billett) for the whole day, award ceremony included. Purchase your tickets online or in the hall. Free seating.

- Voksen (= adult) NOK 380
- Barn (= children under 12 years) NOK 230
- Ledsager (= companion for disabled) - NOK 0

May 25, 2024

Oslo Concert hall (Oslo Konserthus)


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May 25, 2024

Oslo Concert hall (Oslo Konserthus)


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Official program

Friday 24th of May

International Round Table Conference - IRTC
14.00 -16.00 hrs
Sentralen, Øvre Slottsgate 3

Reception for all participants (musicians and guests) in Oslo Rådhus
18.30 - 20.00 hrs
City Hall - Rådhusplassen 1, Oslo hosted by the Lord Mayor of Oslo

Saturday 25th of May - Results

Musikforeningen Nidarholm claims their second consecutive European Title with Orchestre d’Harmonie de la Région Centre as runner-up and Strusshamn Musikkforening on third place.

Complete results

1.      Musikkforeningen Nidarholm (Norway)– 98.00 points and Best Section (percussion)

2.      Orchestre d'Harmonie de la RégionCentre (France) – 97.83 points and Best Conductor (Philipe Ferro)

3.      Strusshamn Musikkforening (Norway) –96.33 points and Best Soloist (soprano saxophone)

4.      Concertband Maasmechelen (Belgium) –93.33

5.      Rødovre Concert Band / The DanishConcert Band (Denmark) – 92.83

6.      Uppsala Blåsarsymfoniker (Sweden) –91.00

7.      University of Latvia Wind Band(Latvia) – 88.00

Special prizes

Best Soloist is the Soprano Saxophone from Strusshamn Musikkforening (Norway).
Best Section is the Percussion Section from MusikkforeningenNidarholm (Norway).
Best Conductor is Philippe Ferro from Orchestre d'Harmonie dela Région Centre (France).

Picture(s) -Mads Myr Munthe-Kaas / Norwegian Band Federation(Norges Musikkorps Forbund)

Sunday 26th of May

Conductor's day with masterclasses and clinics

12.00 - 17.00 hrs
With Lillestrøm Musikkorps, runner up in the Norwegian Nationals 2023 and Professor Ole Kristian Ruud as tutor

The conductor's day is hosted by NMF (Norwegian Musikkorps Forbund) on behalf of ECWO.

Test Piece

Dirty Dancing - Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen

In November 2014, the conductor Peter Szilvay, on behalf of Christiania Wind Ensemble (Oslo), commissioned a piece from Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen. He was looking for a quite short piece of music, effective, intense and dance-like. He mentioned A Short Ride in a Fast Machine by John Adams, and I answered his request by writing my piece, Dirty Dancing. It is a rather easy listening piece that play with riffs and rhythms. Szilvay did not conduct the premiere of the piece. Trond Husebø took over and conducted the premiere the 7th of March 2015 in Oslo.

Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen (c) Sondre Haland Photography

Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen (b. 1964, Norway) is a freelance composer, arranger and conductor. He studied at the Bergen University and Bergen Music Conservatory (now the Grieg Academy).

His music is direct and impulsive. Sometimes narrative, sometimes occupied by visual aspects, like experience of nature. Harmony and melody are treated merely like objects, which gives a certain freedom regarding tonality and timbre.

The broad spectre of musical activity, the versitality in his production and his interest in working with amateurs and young musicians, can be explained by the fact that Aagaard-Nilsen regard composing as a kind social activity. "The composers (and artists in general) play an important role in the modern society. Art finds it's way under the skin, as imprints of experiences. This aspect makes it very important to keep going".

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Please Note: If piccolo trumpet in Bb is not available, the part can be played by sopranosaxophone in Bb. The high G in Bar 28-29 can be replaced by written B2 (H2), (Concert Pitch A2), if a saxophone without a high g-key is not available. Extra parts for soprano saxophone/piccolo trumpet will be sent on request.

Running order

10.00 Concertband Maasmechelen, Belgium

11.00 Musikkforeningen Nidarholm, Norway*

12.00 University of Latvia Wind Band, Latvia

13.00 Uppsala Blåsarsymfoniker, Sweden

14.30 Strusshamn Musikkforening, Norway

15.30 Rødovere Concert Band, Denmark

16.30 Orchestre d'Harmonie de la Region Centre, France

17.15 End of the contest

19.00 Award Ceremony

* defending champion

Practical information

Oslo Concert hall (Oslo konserthus)

Munkedamsveien 14, Oslo

  • The concerthall has 1404 seats
  • The stage is 22 by 13 meters
  • It's the 'home' of Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra


Berit Handegard

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You will also find a large range of hotels nearby Oslo Internationale Airport Gardermoen.

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