Sunday, 28 April 2013

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On behalf of the European Brass Band Association (EBBA), it is my pleasure to welcome you all to the 36th European Brass Band Championship (EBBC) in Oslo.

With an excellent collection of the best European bands, we will have an exciting contest with wonderful music making. We welcome 10 bands from 9 different countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, England, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Wales.

The Norwegian organizers have hosted the EBBC four times before, and we all know from previous experiences that we can expect the highest quality level of event making and hospitality when the European Championships and audiences from all over Europe visit Norway.

The organizers gain support from Norsk Tipping (National Lottery), If skadeforsikring, REMA 1000, Norsk Kulturråd (Arts Council Norway) and City of Oslo. We gratefully acknowledge this assistance.

This year's EBBC include the 6th European Conductors Competition. The three most talented young conductors will during this week qualify to the final with Oslo Brass Band after being tested in front of top professional ensembles, such as The Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces and The Norwegian Radio Orchestra.

Many thanks also go to our member countries and especially for the countries that give extra financial support to the conductors' competition: Belgium, England, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Scotland and Switzerland.

During the EBBC the young players in the European Youth Brass Band are together for intensive rehearsals, concerts and social gatherings. This element of European musical friendship among the youngsters is an essential investment in the future of banding in our countries.

The B-section for this year's European Brass Band Championships had to be cancelled due to only one confirmed entry to the section this year. Following this the European Brass Band Association will evaluate the future format for the EBBC B-section. This will be an important topic for the EBBA meetings in Oslo.

EBBA has agreed with a proposal initiated by the Scottish Brass Band Association, to explore the possibilities of having a "European Youth Brass Band Open Contest" at the 2014 event which is being held in Perth, Scotland.

EBBA also proudly presents our main sponsor Besson and principal partner World of Brass, plus the group of other sponsors: Yamaha, British Bandsman, De Haske Publications, Doyen and Stomvi.

In 1978, the first EBBC were held in the Royal Albert Hall in London, and the event has developed to a major annual event and the most prestigious brass band festival in the world. EBBA together with the organizers work hard to develop and preserve this reputation.

Through the European Brass Band Championships and the side events, EBBA is bringing European brass bands closer together by offering an arena for first class performances and every year presenting new commissioned works for brass bands. Besides the contesting, there is a friendly atmosphere and a lot of networking between the musicians and conductors all over Europe.

Enjoy the event in Oslo - and I hope to see you all again next year in Perth, Scotland!

Ulf Rosenberg
EBBA president


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