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The Music Commission of the European Brass Band Association (EBBA) is pleased to announce the set test pieces for the sixth European Youth Brass Band Contest to be held in the Stravinsky Hall, Montreux, Switzerland, Sunday 28 April 2019. 

Youth Contest (Premier) Sanctuary! by Daniel Hall  (10 mins)

Youth Contest (Development) Argos by Stephan Hodel (8 mins)

Created to challenge experienced youth and community bands, Sanctuary! is inspired by Victor Hugo’s novel of 1931, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The title is a reference to the climax of the story when heroic Quasimodo rescues Esmerelda from death and carries her to the top of the bell tower whilst screaming “Sanctuary! Sanctuary! Sanctuary!”. The work in in three movements, dominated by the sound of bells. The first movement, Cour des Miracles, depicts the sounds of a colourful festival with the bells of Notre Dame ringing joyously. The second, Miséricorde, is an ardent song from the bell ringer, Quasimodo, to his adored Esmerelda, declaring his unbounded love. The final movement, ANANKH, refers to the message that Hugo intended for the book, fate and destiny. The suite concludes with a reprise of the love song, signifying hope and restoration. 

The performing material of Sanctuary! is being produced specially for the contest by the composer and can be ordered exclusively by email from Paul Hindmarsh, Chair EBBA Music Commission, 

Argos was commissioned by the Luzerner Kantonal-Blasmusikverbandes LKBV. Completed in the Autumn of 2009, it was the set test piece in the third section of the 2010 Lucerne Cantonal Music Festival, Willisau. Argos is one of the oldest cities in Greece, a powerful rival of Sparta, Athens, and Corinth. The word Argos can also be translated as ‘bright’ or ‘shining’, which is the meaning that Stephan Hodel has adopted for his bright, festive suite. Argos is in three parts, a fanfare-like opening, a song or chorale-like middle section, and a light-hearted final movement. 


Daniel HallDaniel Hall is a 21 year old composer from Cornwall currently in his final year of undergraduate study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. In January 2016 Daniel won the third John Golland Award at the Royal Northern College of Music Brass Band Festival with a work for A4 Brass Quartet. As his prize, the John Golland Trust commissioned a new brass band work and Sanctuary! was the result. It received its first performance at the 2018 RNCM Brass Band Festival by Tredegar Town Band, conductor Ian Porthouse.

During his time as a scholarship student at the South West Music School, Daniel was Composer in Residence with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and is currently Composer in Association with Tredegar Town Band. He has fulfilled commissions from Foden’s Band, Eminence Brass Quartet, A4 Brass Quartet, and anumber of emerging international brass soloists. His work Smoke Sketches was commissioned by Brass Bands England as one of the set tests for the 2017 National Youth Championships of Great Britain. Daniel’s music has been performed in Lithuania, Switzerland, France and at major venues in the UK, including the Barbican Hall (London) and The Sage Gateshead (at Brass in Concert). In July 2017, he was appointed Resident Conductor of the Severn Tunnel Brass Band, near Chepstow. He also directs his own riot jazz band 3DBrass!!!.


Stephan HodelStephan Hodel is one of the most highly regarded and versatile composers currently working in the European bandscene. Based in Berne, Switzerland, Stephan is a graduate of the Royal College of Music (RCM) in London, where he completed his postgraduate studies in composition with Joseph Horovitz. While studying at the RCM Stephan was awarded the prestigious Cobbett and Hurlstone Prize for creativity.
His orchestral work PC-24, ein musikalischer Alpenflug was commissioned by FestivalStrings Lucerne and celebrates the launch of a new aircraft.

He has completed commissions for English National Ballet, the clarinet ensemble at Tonhalle Zürich, the Cockpit Theatre (London) and the Dunshan Symphonic Wind Orchestra. His brassband work Vertex was the B section test piece when the EBBC was last held inMontreux (2011). His latest brass band piece, Phoenicia - Symphonic Sketches, wasthe set-test for the 2018 Swiss Open Brass Band Contest.

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