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May 1, 2011

“Spells of a Deep Forest” is a brand new work by the exciting young composer Ludovic Neurohr and it made it’s way into the brass band world via ten different premiere performances at last week’s Yamaha Australasian Open Championship.


This sometimes confronting but definitely musical and evocative piece was adjudicated by the composer himself with UK banding stalwart David Horsfield and the varying interpretations led to a broad spread of points across the competing bands.


Sunday’s Yamaha Australasian Entertainment Championship saw a similar variety in the performances but there is no doubt that the three Queensland bands with three from Victoria and two from New South Wales joined by the earth shaken New Zealand band and the warmly received contestants from Japan gave their all and enjoyed their participation in this third FABB contest.


Jon Christo llevó a su banda a través de una actuación relajada y muy agradable de la probeta y el domingo complace a la audiencia con un programa de concierto suelto y animado, con un trabajo de guitarra exquisita de José Meyers en Concierto D'Aranjuez y etérea Fliscorno por Bob Schultz solos en Magione Chuck Hijos de Sánchez. *

If a musical form description could be applied to brass band contests it may go something like A A B B C C A B A C A which would translate as Acceptance, Attendance, Bands, Brass, Competition, Camaraderie, Acclamation, Bugger ! And Come Again.

FABB has all of these things and more, providing an opportunity for the premiere performers from the Australasian sector of the banding world to get together and finish off the contesting year with new and imaginative music and a chance to do something different and have a bit of fun along the way.


* Jon Christo led his band through a relaxed and very enjoyable performance of the test piece and on Sunday pleased the audience with a loose and lively concert program with some exquisite guitar work from Joseph Meyers in Concerto D'Aranjuez and ethereal Flugelhorn by Bob Schultz soloing in Chuck Magione's Children Of Sanchez.

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