Discovering New Zealand

September 11, 2015

Busy summer!

A lot happened during the past months: I was asked to fly over to New Zealand to play with the Auckland-based North Shore Brassband.
I started my journey in Auckland, giving a Masterclass for young players and a Solo-concert accompanied by Auckland-based North Shore Brassband, playing some of the finest music written for cornet.

Later on, I performed with that same band at the National Brass Band Championship of New-Zealand in Rotorua where I claimed the Soloist-prize for Best Principal Cornet for the own choice work ‘On Alderly Edge’.

But right before heading to Rotorua, I travelled down south to New-Zealand’s capital Wellington to be interviewed by Radio NZ, New-Zealand’s national radio-station, talking about my soloist-work, my upcoming participation at the National Championship and the Brass Band world in general. The same show featured the title track from my first solo-cd “Fortune’s Fool” by one of my beste mates, a fine composer, Stan Nieuwenhuis. The full interview can be heard on following link:

>> Belgian Cornet Star in New Zealand

At Rotorua I gave another very successful Masterclass, which was organized by the Australian branch of Buffet-Group and attracted many interested musicians, attentively listening to my explanation of breathing and playing-techniques. We had a good time!

As I was travelling down to the southern hemisphere anyway, Besson’s representatives in Australia grabbed the opportunity to fly me over to Brisbane, where I got the chance to attend rehearsals of Brisbane Brass Band, Queensland Conservatorium Brass Band and one of the top Australian Brass Bands, the Brisbane Excelsior Brass Band. I might have given them tips and advice on performance techniques as well.

This tour was also the occasion to organize my extended New-Zealand and Australia tour coming up in 2016 when I will be performing as a soloist in several cities throughout both countries. It’s going to be awesome!

Coming up next: some principal work with the renowned Flowers Band at the National Brass Band Championship of Great Britain in the Royal Albert Hall in London. But more on this later..