This July, the Barcelona Municipal Band, one of the oldest groups in the city, will be making its first international tour. They will be performing on 20 and 21 in the cities of Kerkrade and Utrecht.
On 20 July, the BMB will play at the Kerkrade WMC Festival, the leading European festival reserved for the world of bands. The WMC has a long history promoting and fostering the music of international wind bands. It includes bands of all ages and from all over the world, and is especially interested in innovation and promoting the development of quality musicians and groups.
In earlier years the WMC has included the leading young people’s orchestras from Venezuela, Colombia or China on the programme. In 2013, for example, the festival put on over 100 concerts that played to 200,000 spectators. Among the activities scheduled are courses, lectures and exhibitions by the leading groups who act as models and make a high quality professional contribution. This year, which will be the 18th, there will be a mix of the best national and international bands to widen the musical spectrum still further.
The next day, 21 July, the Band will perform at the Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht as part of the WASBE Conference, which will be held from 18 to 22 July. The concert is at the invitation of the WASBE, an international organization of conductors, composers and editors of bands, who have chosen the BMB to perform at this international biennial.
The Barcelona Municipal Band is indeed a member of the WASBE, whose purpose is to improve the quality of symphonic bands all over the world and to introduce the members to new musical repertoires, cultures, people and places. Proof of that internationalization are the more than 1000 organizations and performers that belong to it, from over 50 countries. It is the only association that promotes the development, growth and improvement of the bands and the entities in the sector. Every two years the WASBE holds its international event with representatives of the main sectors of the world of wind instruments (composers, editors, conductors, managers, bands, luthiers...). The fact that the BMB has been invited to perform there is a sign of great professional recognition, an international showcase and an opportunity to disseminate Catalan music and give the band and the city of Barcelona some global exposure.
For their Holland tour, the Barcelona Municipal Band and their resident conductor, Salvador Brotons, have prepared a programme of Catalan music and composers. They will be performing pieces by Joan Lamote de Gignon, Eduard Toldra, Manuel Orta, Agustí Borgunyó, Xavier Montsalvatge and Salvador Brotons himself, who will be presenting his Symphony number 6.
The Barcelona Municipal Band
Since 2007, the BMB has been resident at the Auditori, where it puts on a regular season of concerts. Founded in 1886 by Barcelona Council, it now carries out projects in association with national and international musicians and groups. Since 2008, Salvador Brotons has been resident conductor. The Band promotes first performances of works by Catalan composers, bringing to audiences the original repertoire for symphonic bands and putting on a varied and popular programme in order to bring the music to the public.
Founded in 1886 by Barcelona Council, since 2007 the BMB has been resident at the Auditori, where it puts on a regular season of concerts
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