Belgian contenders ready for National challenges

16 bands in five sections will battle for the honour of being crowned Belgian National Champions in Heist-op-den-Berg.

  The competition will be held at the Cultural Centre Zwaneberg in Heist-op-den-Berg

The final European National Championship title of the year will be decided at the Cultural Centre Zwaneberg in Heist-op-den-Berg when the 41st Belgian National Championship takes place.

16 bands in five different sections will look to claim the domestic honours with the winner of the Championship Section going on to represent the nation at the 2020 European Championships in Palanga.


The all important decisions will be made by Florent Didier, Peter Graham and Sheona White.

Peter Graham's 'Dynasty' will be the set-work in the Championship Section, where defending champion Brass Band Willebroek will look to make it a hat-trick of victories.

They are faced by a strong line-up of challengers, including former champions Brass Band Buizingen, Noord-Limburgse Brassband, Festival Brass Band and Kortrijk Brass Band.

On Saturday competitors in the First, Second, Third and Open Divisions will take the stage, followed on Sunday by the Championship Division.

This year, the audience can download an app for the championships to enable them to enjoy an interactive experience of the event.

Competing Bands:

Peter Graham's 'Dynasty' will be the set-work in the Championship Section, where defending champion Brass Band Willebroek will look to make it a hat-trick of victories4BR

Championship Division:

Brassband Buizingen
Brass Band Heist
Brass Band Leieland
Brassband Willebroek
Brassband Zele
Festival Brass Band
Kortrijk Brass Band
Noord-Limburgse Brassband

First Division:

Brassband Bacchus
Brassband Gent
Brassband Scaldis
Kon. BB de Grensbewoners Smeermaas

Second Division:

Mercator Brass Band

Third Division:

United Brass

Open Division:

A.M. Brass Band

Set Works:

Championship Division: Dynasty (Peter Graham)
First Division: Alpina Brass (Jan Van der Roost)
Second Division: Lions of Legends (Thierry Deleruyelle)
Third Division: Purcellian Fantasia (Jan de Haan)
Open Division: No test piece

Own Choice Selections:

Championship Division:
***** (Ludovic Neurohr) x2, A Brussels Requiem (Bert Appermont), Cycles (Stan Nieuwenhuis), Journey of the Lone Wolf (Simon Dobson), Joy (Ward Dierick), REM-Scapes (Thomas Doss), The 39th Parallel (Peter Graham).

First Division:
Another World's Hell (Simon Dobson), Chivalry (Martin Ellerby), Facets of the Heart (Tom Davoren), Opus 87 — the Story of a Soviet Genius (Tom Gontier), Sinfonietta N°3 (Etienne Crausaz)

Second Division:
A Brief Symphony of Time (Simon Dobson)

Third Division:
Red Mountain (Marc Jeanbourquin)

Open Division:
Choralia (Bert Appermont), Knoxville 1800 (James Curnow), Prelude, Song and Dance (John Golland)

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