November 10, 2023

Press Release ECWO 2024


European Championship for Wind Orchestras (ECWO), 2024, Oslo

On May 25th 2024 the fourth edition of the European Championship for Wind Orchestras will take place in Oslo, Norway. 

With nine bands competing we are pleased to announce the complete list of participants. These bands will give their best in the famous Oslo Concert Hall (Oslo Konserthus): 

  • Cittadinia Band Alceo Cantiani of Ronciglione, Italy
  • Concertband Maasmechelen, Belgium
  • LandesJugendBlasorchester Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
  • Musikkforeningen Nidarholm, Norway, defending champion
  • Orchestre d'Harmonie de la Région Centre, France
  • Rødovre Concert Band, Denmark
  • Strusshamn musikkforening, Norway
  • University of Latvia Wind Band,Latvia
  • Uppsala Blåsarsymfoniker, Sweden
 “After 3 editions in the heart of Europe we are moving to the north of our continent. Just like the participants, we try to push boundaries and explore new paths.” Jan Matthys (ECWO president).

All wind bands will present their own choice program to include the test piece ‘Dirty Dancing’ by Norwegian composer Torstein Aagard-Nilsen. We are delighted to announce our international judging panel of Annick Villanueva (FR), Ole Kristian Ruud (NO) and Mark Heron (UK). The jury process will be led by independent non-voting chairman Jan van den Eijnden.

Alongside the championship, there will be several connected events, with plenty of opportunities to meet, chat, share and exchange views and ideas:

Friday 24 May
14:00– 16:00
International round table conference, Sentralen, Øvre Slottsgate 3

Saturday 25 May
Contest day

Sunday 26 May
Conductor’s day at Sentralen 12:00 - 17:00,
Masterclass and clinics. On stage Lillestrøm Musikkorps, runner up in the Norwegian nationals 2023. Professor Ole KristianRuud is the tutor. 

ECWO is delighted that the Norwegian Band Federation
(Norges Musikkorps Forbund), as one of the most experienced contest organisers in Europe, is in the process of organising this event on behalf of the ECWO association. NMF will deliver a fantastic and exciting event for all!

The ECWO Association is eager to connect with wind bands, musicians, conductors, music federations, creatives, music lovers and professionals from across Europe. ECWO is committed to the promotion, celebration and development of artistic, social, educational and economic values of wind band music on all levels; helping to grow and consolidate artistic unity and diversity within Europe and beyond.


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