Jury 2019


Chris JEANS (UK) starts his career in his hometown Yeovil. He quickly knows the success and plays with the greatest British Brass: Sunlife, Desford Colliery, Grimethorpe, Rigid Containers, Ransome, YBS, John Foster and Sons, Black Dyke Mills Band … He plays as a soloist (trombone) at Carnegie Hall New York at the Royal Albert Hall in London. He records several albums as a soloist and as a conductor. Chief of Brass Band Junior Youth Brass 2000, he is 1 ° trombone of the Gus Band. Chris won the UK Trombone Champion title.
Mr. Chris Jeans has just been appointed President of the Jury for the 2017 Open de France in Amboise, following in the footsteps of our prestigious former Presidents, Stuart Broadbent, David Horsfield and Dennis Wilby. Chris has participated in this competition since 1995, when he was created, as a Jury. He is regularly invited to speak at the Sion Music Festival (CH), Brass in Concert (UK), Man Music Festival (Isle of Man) and many festivals across Europe. Brass Computer at the School of Music Leicester’s music, he is also a Trombone teacher and adviser to the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain. He has just been nominated “Teacher of the Year” at the Classic FM Music Teacher, and “conductor of the Year 2016” at the 4Bars Rest awards. .


Luc Vertommen was born in Leest (Mechelen – Belgium), where he made his first acquaintance with copper music through the local orchestra. He studied cornet, solfège and piano at the Mechelen and Willebroek Academy of Music. In addition, his musical studies have been successful with a triple diploma – trumpet, history of music and conducting at the “Lemmensinstitute” in Leuven. He also won a first prize for chamber music at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. He immersed himself full time in Brass Band’s music world as a teacher of brass instruments, musician, conductor, arranger and composer.


Born in Agarn in Upper Valais, he learned music in the society of his village. From 1998 to 2008 Norbert is a member of the Valaisan Brass Ensemble. In 2000, after maturing, he began his trumpet studies in professional class with Gabriele Cassone at the Lausanne Conservatory. In 2004 he graduated from teaching. From 2005 he studied direction with Jean-Claude Kolly at the High School of Music in Freiburg. In June 2010 he obtained his master’s degree in musical performance direction of wind ensembles. He worked for 4 years as assistant director at the Brass Ensemble Valaisan, directed the Municipal Band of Aigle for 11 years. Since 2010 he is head of the Brass Band Crissier. Pedagogical head of the Crissier School of Music, he works as a trumpet teacher at the Conservatoire de Lausanne where he is Dean of the brass, percussion and accordion classes. He is co-founder and member of the executive committee of the Junior Slow Melody Contest and is part of the music commission of the association of music Valais and the federation of music of Lower Valais. Norbert is also active as an arranger and composer for Brass Band and Harmonie.

Philip WILBY (U.K.)

preformatted tw-data-text tw-text-large tw-ta”>Born in Pontefract in 1949, Philip Wilby won the B Music composition in 1971 and continued to compose even as a professional violinist (1st violin at Covent Garden and later at the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra). He is Professor of Composition at Leeds.Philip Wilby gained a great reputation in writing for brass bands and wind ensembles. Let us quote some works: The New Jerusalem (1990) – Paganini Variations (1991) – Flight for Bugle solo and Band, Revelation (1995 for the British Open). Then The Cry of Iona for BBC2’s in 1992, 2nd Symphony Voyaging in 1993 for BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Partita for Fine Arts Brass Ensemble, An Imagined Fable for Athelas Ensemble and Percussion Concerto for English Northern Philharmonia. He also composed educational works and a remarkable series of rewrite extracts of WA Mozart given by the Amadeus String Quartet, recorded by the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields in 1990. This year, Philip lets us put in the imposed coin Championship “Ascension” written for the Swiss Championship Lucerne. Moreover he will come exceptionally to Amboise to judge the Championship section with the three other judges present. Thank you Philip.


Peter Collins

Peter started playing the horn at the age of 7 and quickly joined many youth orchestras, including the famous “Youthbrass 2000”, in which he was named the main horn. He has won honors as a soloist in national and European competitions. He later became Musical Director of this ensemble that has appeared in many places around the world, not to mention the Royal Albert Hall in London. He studied politics, philosophy and law at the University and also won a scholarship at the Royal College of Music in London where he earned a distinction in solo trumpet performance. Peter was principal horn with the “Ransome Brass band” and the “Virtuosi GUS” and also performed with “Brighouse & Rastrick”, “Grimethorpe” and “Black Dyke”. Parallel to his position of soloist he dedicated himself to the teaching, that he carried out at the highest level. Now, Peter continues to promote excellence in music. 


Michel DUBOIS: It will note the audience reaction, the presentation of the sets that includes the performance, as well as the content of the program and the musical quality. Together they will also award the prize of the best soloist on each place.

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