Brass på sitt beste

Søndag 18. juni klokka 19 blir det konsert med Krohnengen Brass Band under ledelse av Garry Cutt og Bjørsvik Brass under ledelse av Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen i Korskirken.


Vi lover et variert program, der publikum får høre brass på sitt beste presentert av to av regionens beste brass band.

Les meir om konserten på kbb sine sider eller på facebook.
Velkommen på konsert.



Bjørsvik Ung Brass 2017

Bjørsvik Brass arrangerer for fjerde år på rad BUB-samling: 22. og 23. april 2017. GRATIS!
OBS! På Aurdalslia skole i år.
Dirigenter: Bjørn Sagstad, Sturle Berntsen og Joakim Rønhovde for hhv. eldste, mellomste og yngste korps. Stjernelag!

Påmelding foregår her:

Noter sendes ut på forhånd, og det forventes at alle skriver dem ut selv og har sett på dem før de kommer.

Timeplan: Lørdag 11-17 og søndag 11-16.30


Les om dei forrige samlingane her

BUB bred

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NM i emning 2017

No er det snart klar for ny brass-tevling i Grieghallen, og vi er i full gang med å øve inn vårt repertoar.

Det vår kunstneriske leder, Andreas Hansson, som dirigerer Bjørsvik under årets NM for brass.


Andreas har fokus på musikken; kva vi skal formidle og instruerer korpset på ein måte som får alle til å dra i samme retning. Til dømes ved bruk av bilete og historier for felles forståelse av korleis vi skal forme musikken. Vi gler oss til spele repertoaret i Grieghallen.

Fredag 3. februar  – treknina finn stad fredag 3. 09.45
Pliktnummer: Variations on a Theme of Michael Tippett av ulike komponister

Processional Michael Tippett (arr. Hindmarsh)
Danse des Amis Bramwell Tovey
Midsummer Song Edward Gregson
Scherzettino Michael Ball
Collage Elgar Howarth
Birthday Fugue – Finale Philip Wilby

Devised by Paul Hindmarsh to celebrate the centenary of Sir Michael Tippert in 2006, this unqiue collaboration between five leading creative voices in brass band  music of recent years also celebrated the 60th and 70th birthdays of two of its contributors, Edward Gregson and Elgar Howarth. Philip Wilby pays birthday tributes in his dramatic fugal finale. The theme is taken from Tippett’s opera The Midsummer Marriage, and it also appears in his Birthday Suite for Prince Charles (1948), scored predominently for brass.

The work was written for Foden’s Band and Bramwell Tovey to perform at the 2006 RNCM Festival of Brass in Manchester (UK). The same artists have also recorded it for NMC. Variations on a theme of Michael Tippett is a demanding work that has techncial and musical challenges appropriate to Championship Section brass band competitions, while also possessing considerable audience appeal.»

Laurdag 4. februar klokka 15.45
Sjølvvalt: Dances and Arias av Edward Gregson


This work was commissioned by Boosey & Hawkes Band Festivals (with funds provided by the Arts Council of Great Britain) for the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, held at the Royal Albert Hall, London, on 7th October 1984.

Dances and Arias is in one continuous movement, but as the title suggests is a series of alternating fast and slow sections as follows: Dance – Aria IDance (scherzo) – Aria II – Dance. The opening dance is energetic and introduces a four-note motif (on trombones) which is the basis for much of the melodic material in the work. Throughout, there is a continuous process of thematic cross-reference and transformation.

The first aria unfolds a long melody on solo cornet, eventually continued by all the solo cornets, and dissolving into a shimmering harmonic background (muted cornets, horns and baritones) over which is heard a brief self-quotation on solo tuba. This leads into the second dance, a frenetic scherzo, followed by the second aria, in the style of a lament (solo euphonium, followed by two flugel horns). This builds to a powerful climax which subsides, leaving the percussion to introduce the final toccata-like dance. It transforms material from the opening before a coda brings the music to a triumphant close. The large percussion section is an integral part in the work and uses a wide variety of instruments including timpani, glockenspiel, vibraphone, xylophone, tubular bells, tom-toms, snare drum, bongos and tam-tam.

The work is dedicated to my brother and sister.

Bjørsvik walk the Appian way – led on by a Swede

The Siddis brass contest will feature Mr. Andreas Hanson for the first time as MD for Bjørsvik brass – the band that consists mainly of people gathered from Eikanger-Bjørsvik’s geriatric department.


The Swede and the West Norwegians are in tune.
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Bjørsvik traskar Via Appia – med ein svenske i front

Bjørsvik Brass stiller i Siddis Brass med gammalt program, men med ny musikalsk leiing.

Det er ikkje første gongen Andreas Hanson dirigerer Bjørsvik Brass, men det er første gongen som musikalsk leiar for korpset.


Svensken og vi har rett og slett funne tonen.

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Happy birthday, Howard Snell!

Howard Snell, our first honorary member, is turning 80.
Birthday greetings from us in Bjørsvik Brass. We wish you all the best.

Howard Snell dirigerer Bjørsvik Brass

Many of our members have had the privilege of playing under Howard, both from our days in Eikanger-Bjørsvik, but also recently when he conducted Bjørsvik at the Norwegian championships last year. He is an massive source of inspiration to us all.

We wish you all the very best, Howard!

Eikanger-Bjørsvik expressed what we all feel in a very good way.
EBML facebook post:

Howard Snell is 80 today!
Today is the day for many musicians and participants of modern banding to send some very nice and warm thoughts in the direction of France. Howard Snell is, believe it or not, 80 years old today 21.09.16.
The entire Eikanger-Bjørsvik “family” of present players, former players, conductors of today and over the years, management, fellow Honourable Members and all friends of the band say in unison:
“Happy Birthday to our greatest mentor, conductor and friend. We all hope that your day is a fantastic one, and we also trust Angela will make you read this greeting on Facebook.”
Howard first came to Eikanger-Bjørsvik late 1986, and that really started a development rarely seen in banding. Some key words are:
– Quality of ensemble playing
– Individual teaching, coaching and guidance
– A massive increase of the bands repertoire
– Profiled concerts which has led to our well known concert series of today
– Confidence on and off stage
– Creating a strong will in Eikanger-Bjørsvik to engage heavily in teaching youngsters in banding.
– Excellence in contesting
These are elements and values still essential in everything Eikanger-Bjørsvik engage in, and Howard continues to be a regular guest to the band.
Prior to Howard’s first visit, the band had only won two Norwegian Championship titles. Since his arrival we have added another 14. Howard with five titles, David King winning four and Nicholas Childs winning his sixth title with Eikanger-Bjørsvik last February. We are also extremely grateful for the tremendous effort put in by the two latter, and we are quite sure that they will both agree that it is all based on the work started by Howard. His two ground breaking wins at the Europeans with Eikanger-Bjørsvik will also forever be printed at the Roll of Honour.
Thank you so very much Howard, for your importance and influence so far, and we are really looking forward to your next visit.
All the best from Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag.

We hope to see you in front of the band again.
Best regards from us in Bjørsvik.