It was a great pleasure to be invited to work with the Ila Brass Band – one of Norway’s 10 Elite section bands, based in Trondheim – and to lead them at both the Trondheim Championships and Norwegian National Championships in Bergen at the beginning of February. I spend 11 days working intensely with the band on two very challenging pieces – Stig Nordhagan’s ‘Searching for Light’ and Thomas Doss’s Beethoven inspired ‘REM-Scapes’. The band was awarded 1st prize at the Trondheim Championships, and also performed a gala concert prior to the results for an audience of 1200.
The band also came a respectable 9th place at NM where the standard of competition was exceptionally high. I’m looking forward to continuing to work with Ila over the next few years and building on this year’s success!