Friday, 15 April 2022

On Saturday 23 April, young brass players from all over Europe will meet and form the 2022 European Youth Brass Band. We asked conductor Florent Didider about his expectations for this ten-day brass band adventure!


“My goal is to give these young musicians an intense and unforgettable artistic experience!” - Florent Didier


What are your expectations for this year’s EYBB?

I am very much looking forward to working with the young talented musicians of the EYBB. My goal is to give these young musicians an intense and unforgettable artistic experience!

What do you hope the 35 young brass players remember the most of their EYBB-adventure in Birmingham?

I hope they will remember their artistic experience but also the togetherness as a group. That they can make friendships with each other, learn from each other and have an unforgettable social experience.

What do you want to convey to the musicians?

I would like to share my experience of ensemble music and the search for a refined musical quality. But also to transmit to them that music is a fantastic medium to learn how to understand each other despite differences.

Can you already tell us something about the programme?

It’s a programme with a variety of pieces, allowing us to tackle all styles. As we will be in England, we have also chosen to highlight some traditional pieces such as Heaton's Toccata. But also composers like Simon Dobson, or other young composers who keep the Brass Band movement alive in Europe.

When will you be a satisfied EYBB-conductor?

When all the above objectives have been achieved! And if the young musicians of the EYBB had a lot of fun participating in this great adventure.

Looking forward to meeting you and the EYBB in Birmingham!
Their first concert is on Tuesday 26 April in Birmingham Conservatoire.


EYBB 2022 - Staff

Florent Didier - Conductor

Florent is a conductor (Symphony Orchestras, Brass Bands, Wind Bands, Choirs...), a trombonist and a qualified Music Professor after studying at both Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and Lyon. He won several international prizes, is Professor of conducting and Director of orchestras of the CRR of Creteil, and he is the principal trombone in the French Airforce Band and Ensemble 2e2m. He often gives masterclasses and is also a jury member at international and national contests.

Florent was the Musical Director of the Paris Brass Band, which won the French Open (2012) and the French National Championships from 2012 to 2016 and in 2018. The PBB represented France to the European Brass Band Championships and reached the best performance for a French ensemble in this contest : European Champion Runner-up in 2019, in Montreux.

Florent conducts orchestras all over the world in major concert halls such as the Philharmonie de Paris, the Auditorium de Radio-France, the Birmingham Symphony Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, the Oslo Konserthus, the Konzerthaus Freiburg, the Bergen Grieghallen, the Suwon SK Artrium Concert Hall, the Perth Concert Hall, the Chiayi City Concert Hall, the Kursaal Oostende, the Nouveau Siècle-Lille, the Montreux Stravinsky Auditorium, among others. He will conduct in Japan, England, Switzerland, and Norway in the coming months.


Isabelle Vermeersch - manager EYBB

Isabelle is 46 years old, married with Karel, and mother of two boys: Florian 22 (trombone & percussion) and Elias 20 (bassoon). Playing the classic clarinet with focus on baroque and renaissance she’s also playing the modern clarinet in different orchestra’s. Working in the music school in her home town Ieper (Belgium) she participates also as an independent in the diving business. Next to this she plays organ and functions in groups linked on opera and organ. Of course she loves brass bands too and is used to organise band formations since she was active for the Flemish Music Organisation. Isabelle was bandmanager for the EYBB in 2017.


Anne Met Hansen - Co-manager EYBB

I’ m 54 years old, married to Kim and mother of 2 lovely kids - a girl age 18 and a boy age 24. I’m a fulltime trumpetplayer in The Prince of Denmark Air Force Band, and mostly cover the flugel. I have been working there for 27 years! I also conduct. At the moment I’m involved in 2 Danish bands, a first section band and a band in Championship section. I work as a volunteer for the Danish AmateurBands Organisation mainly planning the Danish Nationals every year.

I am looking very much forward to meeting and spending time with all the talented young players from all Europe.

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