Great political and cultural figures welcome the European Championships to Birmingham
The Lord Mayor of Birmingham has led the official welcome to attendees and audiences traveling to the city this weekend for the European Brass Band Festival.
Ten events will take place over four days, with almost 70 bands taking part in competition and concert performances from Thursday in an event that has been recognized by the Arts Council England as being of ‘national importance’.
In his official speech, Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councilor Muhammad Afzal said: “I am delighted to welcome all bands, officials and lovers of brass band music to the city of Birmingham for the 2022 European Brass Band Festival.
It gives us all a unique opportunity to enjoy a celebration of brass music from musicians of all levels and experience.
I’m really looking forward to seeing school and community groups from the Birmingham area and beyond performing at the same event as the finest bands from all over Europe, in this wonderful music festival in our vibrant city. “
He added: “2022 is obviously a very special year for Birmingham. We will also be hosting the Commonwealth Games, with a rich program of cultural events already underway throughout the West Midlands.
We hope you have a rewarding experience and that you can visit us again, either for the Games or future events at City Hall, Symphony Hall or Centenary Square. “
Mayor of the West Midlands
A major attraction will be the #ThisIsBanding Outdoor Stage, sponsored by Besson, which will offer an exciting opportunity to showcase many bands from the city and the wider region, including the Birmingham Citadel Band, the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Band and the Royal Spa Brass Oompah Band.
Meanwhile, Andy Street, the mayor of the West Midlands, added: “Music and art have always been an important part of life here in the West Midlands.
May I welcome a warm West Midlands to the many musicians from all over Europe and I hope they enjoy their stay and take full advantage of our world-renowned hospitality.
I’m also excited to learn that there will be plenty of local musical participation, including the Sandwells Langley Band, the City of Birmingham Brass Band and of course a wide range of school bands. “
I’m happy to welcome all bands, officials and lovers of brass band music to the city of Birmingham for the European Brass Band Festival 2022Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councilor Muhammad Afzal
Along with the free outdoor performances, the EBBF’s ticket concerts and European Brass Band Championships will take place in Birmingham’s acclaimed City Hall and Symphony Hall venues.
Nick Reed, CEO of B: Music, which operates the acclaimed town hall and symphony hall venue, also welcomes visitors and performers.
Symphony Hall has long been a probable and inviting home for brass bands, and our team is excited to showcase them by hosting this important international event.
I look forward to welcoming a wide range of exceptional performing groups to our venues that our audiences can enjoy. I’m sure everyone who participates will discover something new and find something to be inspired by. “
In response to the warm welcome, Kenny Crookston, CEO of Brass Bands England commented: “It’s great to see this event back on English soil. Birmingham is an important home for banding and we are thrilled to host Symphony Hall and Town Hall, to bring the very best brass bands along with their excellent season of concerts.
I hope this event gives new audiences a chance to come and discover brass music – you will not be disappointed! “
Limited tickets are still available via: https://bmusic.co.uk/ebbf-2022