I would like to take you back to three of my favourite moments in 2019. Even though the year had a lot of other great and less great moments involving playing, conducting and composing, these are the ones that helped me the most in my personal development.
Sometimes premieres can be very scary. During the first part of 2019, I had been working on Red Prince. A large work for fanfare band. It is the first work where I have been planning the structure of a piece of music in detail, really working efficiently with the material and not introducing new elements at the wrong moment. Also, my musical language was changed somewhat after a year of studying new music in Zwolle. So I was especially anxious for the premiere. The result was great, even though we had to omit a part of the piece because of the time restraints. A big thank you to Pieter Bosma and Oranje Grootegast for putting in the effort to understand my music and performing it with such confidence!
A great team
In November I had my first test with Harmonie Akkrum. We wanted to show the fourth section was right for our fanfare band. The last contest was already a few years ago and the rehearsals had to be kept to a minimum. In a great preparation, the ensemble became a team and we went above and beyond. After a great day in Enschede, we proved that we were worthy of the fourth section and already on our way to the third section.
After a year as the principal euphonium with Soli Brass Leeuwarden, it was time for me to take a big step and play a solo with the band. Herman Palhuber’s For a Flower was my test. After a few lessons with a teacher and our conductor, I was able to become more confident and aware of my playing in general. The concert was great and I was happy with the performance. In the end, I was amazed that being more aware of my own playing could be such a boost. On to the next one!