Brass Band Schoonhoven

Saturday, July 22, 10.30 AM
Conductor: Ivan Meylemans 
Soloist: Robbert Vos, Euphonium 

The Brass Band Schoonhoven was founded in 1921 as a fanfare band and transformed into
a brass band in 1971. Between 1995 and 1998, the band made a remarkable progression, and was promoted from the second division to the highest level: The Championship Division. From 2010 to 2014 Brass Band Schoonhoven was crowned Dutch champion for four times in a row. Internationally, the French and Belgian Open Brass Band Championships were won, together with five Euro Brass Contests. Because of their many successes, Brass Band Schoonhoven was appointed cultural ambassador of the city of Schoonhoven, famous for its silver works. In 2016, the band reclaimed their Dutch title and will perform during the WASBE conference as reigning champions.

Brass Band Schoonhoven very frequently performs on various concerts at home and abroad. In 2003 and 2005, the band travelled to South Africa for two concert tours, and gave lessons to young musicians and conductors in the town ships of Cape Town.

Ivan Meylemans is chief conductor of Brass Band Schoonhoven since January 2017. He is one of the most exciting conductors to emerge in Europe recent years and currently chief conductor of the Zeeland Orchestra in Middelburg, the Symphonic Orchestra of the LUCA School of Arts in Leuven, the wind band “St. Michael” Thorn, world champion fanfare “Kempenbloei” Achel and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Brass. As a guest conductor, Ivan Meylemans has worked with major symphonic orchestras in Europe and the rest of the world.

Soloist Robbert Vos is euphonium player in the Royal Marine Band of the Netherlands, solo euphonium player of Brass Band Schoonhoven and Sterling Vituoso Artist. He is a frequently invited guest player and soloist around Europe and regularly asked to give low-brass clinics. His trips took him to Norway, Scotland, Wales, Chicago and Hong Kong. 

Violett, Lode (*1995) Sång Till Norden
Overhead, Christian (*1989) Underground Concerto For Euphonium, Percussion And Brass Band - Premiere
Higgins, Gavin (*1983) Ivory Ghosts
Comitas, Alexander (*1957) Schumann Resonances - Premiere