Saturday, 1 July 2017

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Composers for European Brass Band Championships 2018 in Utrecht, Netherlands

It is a pleasure for the European Brass Band Association and the local organisers ZIMIHC to announce the composers for the European Brass Band Championships 2018 set test-pieces. 

The competition will be held in TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands, 4-5 May 2018, with other wonderful events in the city all through the week. 

The composers are: 

Championship Section                Challenge Section
 Harrie Janssen   Hendrik de Boer 

Ulf Rosenberg; "We are delighted that Harrie Janssen and Hendrik de Boer have been chosen to write the test-pieces for the 2018 European Championships. We are looking forward to a great weekend of competitive music-making in Utrecht in 2018 and we are confident that these composers will produce fitting additions to the growing list of outstanding repertoire that the event has engendered over recent years."

Biography Harrie Janssen

Harrie Janssen was born in 1960 in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. From an early age on he was interested in music and played the trumpet in the local band. He started professional music education at age 17 at the Academies of Music in Arnhem and Maastricht, where he studied Wind orchestra conducting, Theory of Music, Symphonic orchestra conducting, and Trombone. In 1984 he was appointed as Professor in Wind orchestra conducting and Theory of Music at Academy of Music in Arnhem. 

His activities nowadays range from conducting to teaching, writing arrangements and compositions, performing sound registrations for cd-recordings and much more. Harrie Janssen is an internationally wellknown composer and conductor for windband orchestras en his works are played all over the world. His works are published by several publishers, such as Stormworks Europe (Goor, NL), Sikorski (Hamburg, DE), and Ascolta (Houten, NL).

Biography Hendrik de Boer

 In 2007 he started his study 'euphonium' by Ane Travaille at the 'Prince Claus Conservatory in Groningen and graduated succesfully in 2012. During and after his study he followed several masterclasses by Jukka Myllys, Steven Mead, David Childs and Glyn Williams. He also played frequently as a remplaçant with the Dutch military orchestras, the North Netherlands Orchestra (Pictures at an Exhibition, Ein Heldenleben & The Planets), some of the leading brassbands in the north of the Netherlands and joined the British 'Fodens' Band during a studyweek at Manchester in 2011. 

Nowadays he is a euphoniumplayer at the Fanfare Orchestra of the Corps 'Nationale Reserve', part of the Dutch military forces, and works also as teacher 'Low Brass' by the drum- & showfanfare 'Advendo' Sneek. 

Next to his study 'euphonium' Hendrik studied 'wind-, fanfare-, and brassband-conducting' by Tijmen Botma and Klaas van der Woude at the same conservatory. For this course he also graduated succesfully in 2012. During and after his study he followed several masterclasses by Bjorn Sagstad, Allan Withington, Jose Rafael Pascual Vilaplana and Rune Bergmann. Nowadays he is conductor of the 'Heerenveens Muziekcorps' Heerenveen (windband) and is he regularly invited as guestconductor. 

During the last couple of years composing and arranging music started to be more and more important as part of Hendrik his musical activities. He composed and arranged for several artists and ensembles like Femke IJlstra, Bart Schneemann, Perry Hoogendijk, Sytze Pruiksma, Robbert Vos, Ian Bousfield, the Dutch 'Blazersensemble', brassband 'Soli Brass' Leeuwarden and brassband 'De Waldsang' Buitenpost. His arrangement of Paul Hindemith's 'March' from 'Symphonic Metamorphosis' is performed by the European Youth Brassband, during the European Brassband Championships 2015 and is also published on the cd 'Highlights from the European Brassband Championships 2015'. 

His first large project was arranging the complete 'Requiem' of John Rutter for soloists, choir and brassband (performed by Soli Brass). His first large project with own compositions was the musical 'Fortissimo en de Magische Noot' (for soloists, choir, brassband and combo), which he created together with Wendy Postma. After that the projects 'Queen's Magic' (for soloists, brassband and combo), 'A Tribute to Madiba' (for soloist and windband), 'Een schoollied voor C.B.S. De Opdracht' (for choir, brassband and combo), 'The Christmas Passion' (for soloists, choir, dancers, brassband and combo), 'Beatles 'n Brass' (for soloists, brassband and combo), 'De Hel fan '63' (for euphoniums, multi-percussion and fanfare-orchestra), 'Disney in Concert' (for actor/actress and windband) and 'A Kind of Magic' (for gymnasts, singers, windband and combo) followed. 

Several of his compositions and arrangements are for sale by Lake Music Publications


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