Published on May 31st, 2017 by gavin

REPORT & RESULTS: Aalborg Music Festival

On the 20th and 21st May the 10th Aalborg Music Festival was held in Aalborg, Denmark with a record number of 21 bands and two ensembles from across Denmark participating in 5 different sections.  Due to the large number of bands competing in the contest two separate halls had to be used for the first time.

To help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Festival, Foden’s Band were invited to perform a Gala concert to a packed hall on the Saturday prior to the results as well as a concert on the Sunday. Also to mark this special occasion a “Childrens Brass Band” with members from different Danish bands was formed. The ‘Childrens Band’ held their first rehearsal in April and opened the Sunday concert where they were also accompanied by members of the Danish National Youth Band as well as Foden’s who joined the ensemble to perform “Eventide”

The difficult tasks of adjudicating was handed to Mark Wilkinson, Mark Bousie, John Barber and Michael Fowles who received a number of positive comments from the competing bands.  Foden’s also awarded a new prize of a cornet for a band who in the opinion of the adjudicators showed the ‘greatest potential’ this was awarded to the all girls band ‘Brovst Pigegardes Brass Band.’

Speaking about Foden’s the Festival founder, Henrik Juul-Brinkmann told A4B: ‘We have put a lot of hard work and financial support in getting Foden’s to Denmark but when they walked on stage in their famous uniforms and played the first fortissimo chord of “All Night Long” with cheering from the large and appreciative audience it made all the effort worth while. Foden’s were on fantastic form and all the audience appreciated their entertaining programme.

In relation to the Festival Henrik continued, ‘I am extremely proud of Aalborg Music Festival, in 9 years we have build it from nothing to the largest and most respected festival in Denmark. We are well known around the world and are looking forward to making plans for next years Festival soon. I would like to personally thank Mark Wilkinson for his work in helping arrange the trip and making my dream to get Foden’s Band to Denmark possible!

Full Results Aalborg 10th Music Festival 2017:-

Adjudicators: Mark Wilkinson & Mark Bousie

1. Lyngby-Taarbæk Brass Band 95 p
2. Aarhus Brass Band 94 p
3. Det Danske Ungdoms Brass Band 93 p
4. Nordvestjysk Brass Band 92 p
5. Langgaard Brass Band 91 p
6. Silkeborg Blæserne 90 p

Best March: Lyngby-Taarbæk Brass Band, The Cossack
Best Soloist: Helle Burkal Hansen, flugelhorn in Lyngby Taarbæk Brass Band
Best Conductor: Jacob Vilhelm Larsen, Aarhus Brass Band

Adjudicators: Michael Fowles & John Barber

1. Dania Brass Band 90 p
2. FDF Frederikshavn Brass Band 87 p
3. Skanderborg Brass Band 86 p
4. Hjørring Brass Band 85 p
5. Brovst Pigegardes Brass Band 84 p

Best March: Dania Brass Band, Knight Templar
Best Soloist: Emilie Steffensen, trombone  Dania Brass Band
Best Conductor: Dennis Andersen, Dania Brass Band

Adjudicator: Mark Wilkinson & Mark Bousie

1. Aalborg Brass Band 78 p
2. Aalborg Garden 76 p
3. Hinnerup Garden 75 p
4. Aalborg Postorkester 74 p
5. Senex Brass Band 73 p
6. Greve Pigegarde 72 p

Best March: Senex Brass Band, Barnard Castle
Best Soloist: Kathrine, Ida og Amanda, trombone  Aalborg Garden
Best Conductor: Huw Thomas, Aalborg Brass Band

Adjudicator: Michael Fowles & John Barber

1. Vesthimmerlands Ungdomsbrass Band 68 p
2. Morsø Garden 67 p
3. Hinnerup Gardens Juniorbrass 66 p
4. FDF Frederikshavn Talent Band 65 p

Best March: Morsø Garden, Anchors Aweigh
Best Soloist: Mathias Hansen, cornet  Vesthimmerlands Ungdomsbrass Band
Best Conductor: Michelle Knudsen, Hinnerup Gardens Juniorbrass
Herbert Møller Special Award 2017: Orla Juul-Pedersen
Fodens Special prize 2017: Brovst Pigegarde

10 year anniversary awards: Aalborg Brass Band, FDF Frederikshavn Brass Band, Brovst Pigegardes Brass Band og Vesthimmerlands Ungdomsbrass Band (tidl. Løgstør Garden)

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