Recently Glenn took up the baton to conduct Filton Concert Brass
The band participated at the Welsh Open and called in the help from Glenn as their conductor. The contest exists of an entertaining program and the band played a program they could handle very well.
They opened the contest with the bands conductor Tom Davorens arrangement of ‘Over the rainbow’. Than Glenn took the band straight into Peter Grahams ‘Phoenix’ from his ‘War of the Worlds’ suite.
After that there was time for a solo element, so the band decided to put their flugel player Tim Malpas on show in ‘South Loop’, again by the hand of Tom Davoren.
On a contest like this you’ll have to showcase the bands sound and slow playing aswel, this could be found in Stan Nieuwenhuis’ arrangement of ‘Bli Hos Oss’. To than finish off the program with ‘Fusion’ by Martin Cordner.
Glenn and the band took the first place and got some compliments from Ian Brownbill.
“The top two really produced dynamic, consistent music making and the rest of the top six were not far behind. I was also impressed by the standard of solo playing and conducting on show. The winning flugel soloist was excellent (Tim Malpas of Filton Concert) and the winners sounded so well rehearsed, balanced and musical. It may have been a nasty old day outside, but in the hall the audience enjoyed a fine day of music making” (Ian Brownbill to 4barsrest).
Meanwhile Glenn has been asked to do some other projects as the bands guest conductors. More info will follow soon!
Belgian euphonium star to take up International Artist in Residence role with National Australia Brass
Following a highly successful trip throughout Australia and New Zealand in July this year, Geneva Instruments Performance Artist Glenn Van Looy is to further develop his musical connections with the southern hemisphere as newly appointed ‘International Artist in Residence’ with National Australia Brass (NAB).
Two year association
Glenn’s two year association with National Australia Brass will include teaching, conducting and performing with a number of Australia’s brass bands, aligning his work as an International Artist for Geneva instruments and making guest appearances at the annual National Australia Brass Festival – NABfest.
‘Both countries have a wealth of musical talent and I’m particularly honoured to be invited to receive an official association with National Australia Brass’
~ Glenn Van Looy
Glenn told 4BR: “It was a privilege to be part of the 2015 NABfest in Melbourne earlier this year and being invited to perform and teach in both Australia and New Zealand was a fantastic opportunity to undertake.
Both countries have a wealth of musical talent and I’m particularly honoured to be invited to receive an official association with National Australia Brass for the next two years as NAB International Artist in Residence.”
A while ago Glenn released his third CD, Lost Treasures.
This time he was accompanied by piano and it’s the first recording on the new Geneva Symphony euphonium. To order a copy have a look at www.bandpress.be or stop by at one of my concerts.
Glenn will be joining the Brighouse and Rastrick Band again at the National Finals of Great Britain.
The event will take place at the Royal Albert Hall on the 10th of October. All 20 bands will play ‘Spiriti’ by Thomas Doss.
After the successful second place at the British Open, Glenn is looking forward to be working with the band once more as their guest principal euphonium.
The weekend before Glenn will also be heard with the band at their concert in Leeds Town Hall on October 4.
More info about this concert can be found here.
Hope to see lots of music friends in the famous RAH.
I’m very happy to announce that this coming weekend my second album will be released!
The release will be at the World of Brass stand at the British Open brass band championships in the magnificent Symphony hall in Birmingham.
Recorded in May with the famous Manger Musikklag band and Allan Withington, the CD consist of three new concerto’s by Steven Verhelst, Paul McGhee and Stan Nieuwenhuis. Between the long works there are some lovely slow pieces by Peter Meechan and Stan.
World of Brass has set up a little signing event. More info you can find here. The signing session will be after I have played with the Co-operative funeralcare band. It will depend on the draw on Saturday morning.
I’d like to wish everybody a happy Xmas and a wonderful new year.
I have had a superb year with lots of great concerts. Without the trust people have in me it wouldn’t happen. So I’d like to thank all concert organizers, sponsors, my parents, my girlfriend, my sister,… everybody involved with my life a big thank.
And I hope that 2013 can give me the same pleasure!!
On the first weekend of October I had the wonderful opportunity to be the guest soloist at the Brasswind Festival. This annual festival is hosted by one of Norways leading bands, Manger Musikklag and was held in the very nice Logen theatre in Bergen.
Having been asked to play a solo with the great Manger Musikklag band I chatted with young English composer, Paul McGhee. I knew the players of Manger were fans of his works so I commissioned a new Euphonium Concerto from Paul which later turned out to be a dialogue for Euphonium and Brass Band.
The work is extremely challanging for both soloist and band and was really appreciated by the audience. The performance of Kjeden was a world premiere and I hope there will be many other performance opportunities for this wonderful work, because it is a work that has to be heard!!
The other concert I did was together with the brass band of the Manger Folkhighschool ( I was going to write this on Norwegian but already forgot how)
It was great to work with one of the worlds finest euphonium players Tormod Flaten, the conductor of this brilliant band. I have known Tormod for a few years now and this was a great collaboration, it is always a pleasure to work with people who I have listend to when I was young.
Together with the band I played Peter Meechans Three Stories Three Worlds, it was an honour to work with the band. I had the chance during the week to work with the euphonium students in the school and give a masterclass for the brass band.
It is great to see that Norwegian banding and music has such a bright future.
I’m very happy to announce that I’ve just won the Jeju International Brass Competition for euphonium on the very nice island of Jeju in South-Korea. This competition has grown into one of the biggest solo competitions over the world and I guess it’s even the biggest one for euphonium.
The trip started really well with a very nice travel experience. When I arrived at Amsterdam airport they told me the flight to Seoul was fully booked and offered me an upgrade to business class. The trip couldn’t start better, with excellent food and a comfy chair.
Korea was really hot and humid, no ideal circumstances to play. It took me two days to adjust, exactly the time I had before the first round began. 56 euphonium players tried their luck there, so I felt sorry for the adjudicators. After this round the players who made it to the second round were announced by head of Jury Steven Mead.
We had to play the second round two days later. In this round they had cut the number of young players to 16. So it was a very tough competition indeed. I really liked the repertoire of the second round. I had to play Soliloquy XI by Wiggins and Concerto per Flicornobasso by Ponchielli. I have a lot of great memories about that last piece. All the players knew the adjudicators were only allowed to let 3 or 4 players through to the final so you could feel the tension when Steven Mead came out to announce the results. I was very nervous too. It’s very strange but I’m always more nervous for results than for playing. Even with band competitions.
I was very happy to go to the final together with Misa and Corentin which are both good friends from previous competitions. That’s the nice thing about competitions. You get to know young players from all over the world and there is no rivalry at all. We all become very good friends and listen to each other’s rehearsals and even comment and help a little bit where we can.
The final is a special thing. They give you the opportunity to play with Symphony Orchestra which is very special for a euphonium player. You don’t often get the chance to play with a full orchestra. Symphonic Variants by James Curnow was the piece for the final. A great challenging piece for euphonium and orchestra. I had to play number 3 cause we keep the same order throughout the competition. The orchestra did a very good job and I was happy with the performance so what can you expect more?
I couldn’t believe when I won this competition. By a mark of 21.8 out of 22 which I really didn’t expect. Here is a little quote from head of jury Steven Mead:
“Congratulations Glenn on your success at the recent solo competition in Jeju, South Korea. This is a very important and prestigious event in the world brass calendar and you won this in fine style, receiving universal praise from the large jury. Your musicianship, coolness on stage and outstanding technique made this a great occasion for you, and one I’m sure you’ll remember for years to come. You deserve this success as you work so hard, and I’m so pleased I was there in Jeju to witness all these events. Bravo and keep up the great work for the euphonium. “
Steven Mead Head of Jury, Euphonium Solo Competition, 7th International Solo Competition, Jeju, South- Korea. (end of quote)
I would like to thank my parents for all the support through the years. Without them I wouldn’t be able to undertake such trips and perform like this or do anything of the playing I do now.