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The 124th edition of the International Wind Band Contest “City of Valencia”
During the 124th edition, and for the first time in its history, the whole of the International Wind Band Contest “City of Valencia” was held in the splendid surroundings of the
Valencia Palau de la Música
The winners of the different divisions of the 124th International Wind Band Contest “City of Valencia” were:
La Lira Cultural Association from Pozuelo de Alarcón, the Valladares Music Association, the Stadtmusikkapelle Landeck from Austria and the Catarroja Music Association.
Divisions of the 124th edition of the International Wind Band Contest “City of Valencia”.
First prize: La Lira Cultural Association from Pozuelo de Alarcón.
The La Lira Cultural Association from Pozuelo de Alarcón
won first prize in the Honorary Division.
Under the direction of
Maximiliano Santos Ferrer
, the musicians from Madrid played the compulsory piece
“La dama centinela”
, by the Valencian composer
Luís Serrano Alarcón
, which was commissioned by Valencia City Council and played for the first time in this edition of the Contest. For their free-choice piece, the band chose
“Flor de Azahar”
. Their two performances gave them a total of 365 points and the prize of 18,000 euros.
Second prize: Guadassuar Santa Cecilia Music Association.
The second prize in the Honorary Division was given to the
Guadassuar Santa Cecilia Music Association
, which gained 339 points and was awarded a prize of 8,000 euros.
The Guadassuar Santa Cecilia Music Association, conducted by
Juan Carlos Civera Martínez
as their free-choice piece.
Third prize: Harelbeke Symphonic Band Vooruit.
Third place in the Honorary Division went to the
Harelbeke Symphonic Band Vooruit
which was awarded a total of 331.5 points and a prize of 4,000 euros. The band conductor was
First prize: Valladares Music Association.
Valladares Music Association
won first prize in Division One. The musicians from Vigo scored a total of 289 points and a cash prize of 7,000 euros.
The band, conducted by
José Iglesias Ramilo
played the compulsory piece
“La noche de Brahma”
, by the young Valencian composer
Jesús Santandreu Gregori
, and for their free-choice piece they chose
Second prize: La Lira Music Association of Alfarp.
The second prize of 3,000 euros was awarded to
Societat Protectora Musical La Lira D'Alfarp
who scored 250.5 points. The conductor was
Juan Iznardo Colom
Third prize: “Sauces” Music Group of Cartagena.
Third in Division One was the
"Sauces" Music Group of Cartagena
with 245.5 points and a prize of 2,000 euros. The band was conducted by
Jaime Belda Cantavella
First prize: Stadtmusikkapelle Landeck.
The Austrian musicians of the
triumphed in Division Two. This band gained a total of 349.5 points with their renditions of the compulsory piece
, with which the Contest paid homage to the centenary of the birth of the Valencian composer
José María Cervera Lloret
. And their free-choice piece,
. The conductor of the band was
Second prize: Santa Cecilia Music Association of Enguera.
The second prize went to the
Santa Cecilia Music Association of Enguera
who scored 320.5 points. The conductor of the band was
Teo Aparicio Barberán
Third prize: “Eslava” Music Association of Albuixech.
Third prize in Division Two went to the
"Eslava" Music Association of Albuixech
with 309.5 points. The conductor of the band was
Daniel Olmos Herrero
First prize: Catarroja Music Association.
Catarroja Music Asociation
won first prize in Division Three with 340.5 points. This group played, under the direction of
Filiberto Mira Ortega
, the compulsory piece
, by Martín Ellerby, and
“The legend of Flathead Lake”
, as their free-choice piece.
Second prize: “Sementeira” Band of Cambre.
Second prize in Division Three went to the
"Sementeira" Band of Cambre
, A Coruña, with 338.5 points. The conductor of the band was
Francisco Javier Vidal Suárez
Third prize: Redován Music Association.
Redován Music Association
won third prize with 322 points, under the direction of
Mario Ruíz Barberá
Lyra Tatuí Brass Orchestra
Lyra Tatuí Brass Orchestra
, performed as the guest band, a group created by the prestigious Brazilian musicians
Adalto Soares and Silvia Zambonini
, from among the students at their music school for orphans, where the pupils receive a free cultural and musical education, the only requirement being that they complete their studies. A
that united excellent performances and a cultural and social program of the first importance.
Tributes to Valencia music.
The 124th edition of the International Wind Band Contest “City of Valencia” dedicated
two emotional tributes
to individuals closely connected to
Valencia Municipal Band
debuted the piece
, by the Argentine composer
, in tribute to
, a resident of Sueca, Manager of the Valencian Institute of Music and a member of the Contest’s Organizing Committee. They also played the paso doble
The Organizing Committee also wanted to acknowledge the conductor of the Valencia Municipal Band,
Pablo Sánchez Torrella
, and his years of dedication to the Contest. The 124th edition of the International Wind Band Contest "City of Valencia" was the last time he led this band which traditionally brings the Honorary Division to a close. The Councilor for Festivals,
, gave a commemorative plaque to Pablo Sánchez in thanks for his work.
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