ECWO

European Championship for Wind Orchestras

The European Championship for Wind Orchestras is an international non-profit association dedicated to the promotion and organisation of a bi-annual European Championship for Wind Orchestras.

The association was discussed and established in a meeting in Utrecht, The Netherlands, on 25st of October 2014.


- The first competition took place on the 21st of May 2016 in Tivoli Vredenburg concert hall, Utrecht, The Netherlands, organised by our Dutch associates KNMO.


- The second competition took place on the 26st of May 2018 in BOZAR Brussels, Belgium, organised by our Belgian associates VLAMO.


- The third competition will take place, after three postponements, on Saturday 6st and Sunday 7st May 2023 in Mégacité, Amiens, France, and is organised by our French associates CMF.


NEWS

03 February 2022 - New test piece


Dear orchestras,


 

Mouvements frénétiques by Alexandre Kosmicki

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ovpUduGzPs

11'30''

http://www.hafabramusic.com/product-score/1061/fr

 

Best,

Berit Handegard

President


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21 January 2022 - ECWO postponed again to 2023 .... still in France - Amiens - Mégacité !

 

Following a meeting between the ECWO Board, the Organizing Committee (CMF and CMF Hauts-de-France) and the orchestras on January 9th, where we listened to the situation of the orchestras and taken into consideration the situation when it comes to Covid restrictions in France.


On Friday January 21st, after analysing the various possible solutions and considering the availability of the Mégacité auditorium, the ECWO Board of Directors and the Organizing Committee made the difficult decision to postpone the ECWO 2022 to 2023. I know that for some, it’s for the best, for others not what they hoped to hear.


The situation is too uncertain, and we can’t go on planning and risk a cancellation later on. There are signals that social distance for musicians will last for a long time in France. And the closer we come to the event, the more difficult it becomes to recover your air tickets, hotel reservations and other travel arrangements.

 

We warmly welcome you to Amiens 6/7 May 2023. We are thankful for the French organisation who again wants to take on the event. We look forward to it.

 

There will be a new test piece announced in due time.

 

We wish you all the best for the upcoming year, we go for a full opening in 2023. Keep up the good work, times will be better.


Best,

Berit Handegard

President


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31 Septembre 2021 - And the draw took place !


Running order


Saturday 21st May

1 - Uppsala Blåsarsymfoniker (Sweden)

2 - The Danish Concert Band - Rødovre (Denmark)

3 - Musikkforeningen Nidarholm (Norway)

4 - Symfonisch blaasorkest Koninklijke Sophia’s Vereeniging (Netherlands)

5 - Pihalni orkester Krka/Krka Wind Orchestra (Slovenia)


Sunday 22nd May

1 - Koninklijke Harmonie van Peer (Belgium)

2 - L’Orchestre d’Harmonie de la Ville du Havre (France)

3 - Landesjugendblasorchester Rheinland Pfalz (Germany)

4 - Blasorchester Siebnen (Switzerland)


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21 Decembre 2020 - New date - New schedule!


The board of ECWO and the French organisers have decided to split ECWO into a more convenient two day schedule which will open up the possibility of allowing a Swiss orchestra to participate bringing the total up to ten bands.

The ECWO will therefore take place on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May 2022.

The original idea was that the orchestras should play their own chosen program one day and the test piece the next day.

As this might present a challenge to the travel arrangements of some bands. We will therefore adapt the program to accommodate five orchestras playing their whole program on Saturday afternoon and five on Sunday morning, or, alternatively six on one day and four the next.

The orchestras can select which day they prefer, but ECWO reserves the right to alter the placement of orchestras to retain a balance to the schedule for both days.

We ask each orchestra to nominate their preferred performance day that would fit best with their travel arrangements.  Reply to berit@musikkorps.no within 1st May 2021

A party might be organised on the Saturday evenning beside and after the gala concert.

The award ceremony will be held on the Sunday afternoon.

Merry Christmas and a Happy new year. We can only hope that 2021 gets better than 2020 😊

Berit Handegard

President


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01 October 2020 - Coronavirus (COVID-19) - More again - ECWO postponed to 2022!


The European Championship for Wind Orchestra Association (ECWO) and the organiser Confédération Musicale de France (CMF) are announcing that the 2021 European Championships for Wind Orchestra in Amiens, France in May, will be postponed to May 2022. The date to be confirmed.

We are very sorry to have to announce, for the second time, to postpone the event. Due to the situation in Europe, the European Championships for Wind Orchestras cannot go ahead in France this year either as planned. Our first priority is the health and safety of both the orchestras and wider communities. Neither to expose the participation orchestra to a financial loss if a cancellation closer up to the event might occur.

We are happy to announce that we again have the possibility to postpone the event for one more year. We wish all the orchestras for 2021 welcome to participate in 2022 in Amiens.

The same jury will be invited and the test piece is still Dance Satanique by Alexandre Kosmicki.

Thank you to sponsor Buffet Crampon for understanding the situation.

It is difficult to predict how the situation will look in late May. However, the decision is final.

ECWO 2024 will be held in Manchester, UK.

Hope to see you all in 2022 and 2024


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14 March 2020 - Coronavirus (COVID-19) - More


Dear participants of ECWO 2020, now postponed to 2021.

There will be many questions as a consequence of this decision. There are many procedural questions to address as the ramifications of postponement become apparent. We please request your patience for the moment while we address the various details that are an inevitable response to this decision. Please rest assured that the ECWO Board intend to proceed as planned and published with the least possible disruption incurred and in the hope that all bands currently signed up to 2020 will still be available for 2021.


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13 March 2020 - Coronavirus (COVID-19) - ECWO postponed to 2021


The European Championship for Wind Orchestra Association (ECWO) and the local organiser Confédération Musicale de France (CMF) are announcing that the 2020 European Championships for Wind Orchestra scheduled to be held in Amiens, France in May, will be postponed to May 22nd 2021, openning, symposium and gala concert on May 21st.
We are very sorry to have to announce that, in light of the World Health Organisation’s definition of COVID-19 as a pandemic and the growing restrictions being imposed by national governments and other agencies, the European Championships for Wind Orchestras cannot go ahead in France this year as planned. Our first priority is the health and safety of both the orchestras and wider communities and this has been the main factor in making this very tough decision. We have all looked forward to gather and listen to all the delightful music making from European orchestras.
We are happy to announce that we have the possibility to postpone the event for one year. We wish all the orchestras for 2020 welcome to participate in 2021 in Amiens. The orchestras have already put a lot of effort in their preparations and ECWO hope all the good work can be of the benefit in 2021.
Thank you to sponsor Buffet Crampon for understanding the situation.

It is difficult to predict how the situation will look in late May. However, the decision is final.

The ECWO general meeting will be held online May 22nd at 10:00.

EWCO 2022 will go as planned in Bridgewater Hall and Royal Northern Conservatory of music in Manchester.
Hope to see you all in 2021 and 2022
On behalf of
ECWO, LOC and CMF
Berit Handegard, David Bulcourt, Ludovic Laurent-Testoris


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12 March 2020 - Coronavirus (COVID-19)


....given the unprecedented governmental restrictions on public gatherings across the Europen union that impact on the many of our membership bands and their immediate communities ECWO has called an emergency meeting for Friday 13th March to consider our position re ECWO 2020 in Amiens in the light of the current coronovirus, it's global effect and our commitment to our trans-European members.


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23 February 2020 - Ticketing to ECWO 2020


Saturday 23th - Championship

https://www.helloasso.com/associations/cmf-hauts-de-france/evenements/european-championship-for-wind-orchestra

Full price : 15 euros

Reduced price (orchestra in competition, - 15 ans et licence CMF) : 13 euros


Friday 22th at 20h - Gala concert with the Grand Orchestre de la Garde Républicaine

https://www.helloasso.com/associations/cmf-hauts-de-france/evenements/concert-d-ouv-du-chpt-d-europe-par-le-grand-orchestre-de-la-garde-republicaine

Full price : 20 euros

Reduced price (orchestra in competition, - 15 ans et licences CMF) : 15 euros


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5 February 2020 - In addition to the Rules


- To accommodate the participating bands' differing instrumental line-ups, ECWO allows the adding of extra parts to the original score as long as they are provided or approved by the composer and as long as the extra parts are added to the score, made available to the jury, and delivered as separate parts that can then be passed on to other participating bands for th

eir possible use.

- ECWO allows the doubling of parts by instruments that are not in the original orchestration.


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28 January 2020


And the jury is :

- Catherine Berg, Norway

- Thomas Trachsel, Switzerland

- Philippe Ferro, France

- Non-voting chairman, Jan van den Eijnden, Netherlands


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01 January 2020


ECWO wishes you a happy New Year 2020!


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22 November 2019 - The order of play in ECWO 2020


The drawing is executed by the present members of ECWO board and LOC and results in the order below :

1) Germany (Landesblasorchester Baden-Würtemberg)
2) France (L’Orchestre d’Harmonie de la Ville du Havre)
3) Denmark (The Danish Concert Band - Rødovre)
4) Norway (Musikkforeningen Nidarholm )
5) Sweden (Uppsala blåsarsymfoniker )
6) Belgium (Koninklijke Harmonie van Peer )
7) Netherlands (Symfonisch blaasorkest Koninklijke Sophia’s Vereeniging )
8) United Kingdom (XBY Concert Band )
9) Slovenia (Krka Wind Orchestra)


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18 November 2019 - Ticketing to ECWO 2020


The ticketing to ECWO 2020 will be online on the French platform «Helloasso».

The sale opens 3 months prior to the event.


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3 September 2019 - Test piece 2020


Alexandre Kosmicki, "Danse satanique" (10'30'') published by HAFABRA Music

When you go on-line to get the test piece via HAFABRA, it doesn't appear in the new catalogue listing other than on the CD list for Les Maitres Sorciers. You have to go to "sheet music" then "composers", then KOSMICKI Alexandre, "Danse Satanique" is the first piece listed.


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13 June 2019 - The rules for ECWO 2020 are available.



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