After a complete time of silence of this website we are now going to try to keep it up to date!
As Glenn’s latest post says it’s now time to talk about an even busier summer.
This year Glenn saw his summer travels extended over June-July and August.
The early summer season started in the Netherlands as Glenn had a tour through the Netherlands and Belgium for Musik Meyer Benelux. The goal was to show his new signature model the GVL Cardinal euphonium made by Geneva musical instruments and this by masterclasses all over the BeNe(Lux)
As you can see on Glenn’s social media he is starting to conduct more and more. Besides still having lessons from his mentor David King, Glenn is always looking to improve so he attended the Allan Withington Conducting Summer School in Leeuwarden. Here Glenn,alongside 9 other conductors from all over Europe has been working with Soli Brass.
Off to Switzerland than for a week at the great Samedan Brass Week. A record of 14 euphonium students from Switzerland, Portugal, Italy, Belgium and the USA attended a weeks worth of classes with Thomas Ruedi, David Childs and Glenn himself. It’s worth mentioning that the winner and the runner up of the Lieksa Brass competition have been following lessons on the repertoire with these three excellent tutors.
For the second half of July Glenn than travelled to Thailand where he was a guest at the Brass Festival 2018 in the Kasetsart University. Here Glenn has given two masterclasses as well as a chamber music clinic and performed with ‘The Green Brass Band’
Another three summer schools to go before the finale break with family. From Thailand straight to France to give two masterclasses and a short recital at the ‘Académie de cuivres et percussion de Larmor Plage’ in the Brittany region of France.
Than off to another summer school with his students in the Swiss Alps for the fanfare band ‘Ancienne Cécilia de Chermignon’ and straight on to another week in Trakai.
As for all musicians, Glenn will also have a very busy summer.
The summer season will commence in less than one week and will see Glenn traveling over the pond once again this year to be a guest at the International Euphonium and Tuba Festival. He’ll be joined by great artists like David Thornton, James Gourlay, Aaron Tindall and many others. The event will take place in Atlanta, Georgia.
After this trip, Glenn will fly to Australia and be featured in concerts in Sydney and Melbourne. The tour will be three weeks and will see Glenn giving Masterclasses, conduct Rehearsals and do some Private teaching.
Glenn will continue his busy summer with a summer camp in the Swiss Alps, where he’ll be working with young musicians as well as a youth band.
To finish of before the real holiday Glenn will than fly out to Wales to appear as the guest soloist for the National Youth Brass Band of Wales, this year conducted by friend Tom Davoren. Glenn will premiere a new piece by the hand of Tom as well as Peter Meechans Requiem Paraphrases.
A very intensive but enjoyable 6 weeks a head. Follow Glenn on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter for quick updates about his travels!
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.