By Kris Schauvliege, President, Belgian Branch of IMMS(International Military Music Society)
An outstanding military band gala concert took place in Luxembourg on 21st October.
The Royal Military Band of Luxembourg, Director Lt. Col. Andrè Reichling, performed a programme that was largely devoted to the trumpet. The occasion was the simultaneous release, in 128 different countries, of a new CD featuring several of Luxembourg`s finest trumpet players. The CD, recorded earlier this year by the English Doyen Company and appropriately named “De-Lux Trumpet”, was made at the initiative of Philippe Schartz, a Luxembourg musician who is currently principal trumpet of the BBC National Orchestra of Walee. The works specially written for trumpet include the Trumpet Concerto by Marco Pütz and several other pieces for trumpet ensemble by Luxembourg composers, Roland Wiltgren and Jean-Paul Frisch. Schartz also performed the Concerto for Trumpet and Band by Trevor Ford. Both of the three movement trumpet concertos were composed for, and dedicated to, Philippe Schartz. For the five movement trumpet quartet “Trumpets on Trip”, by Jean-Paul Frisch, Schartz was joined by Raoul Christophe, Ernie Hammes and Guy Conter.
The concert was organized by The Friends of Military Music in celebration of their 10 years jubilee, and it took place in the magnificent Hall of the Philharmonie in Luxembourg city.
Philippe Schartz was the central artist of the whole evening, performing both trumpet concertos, and several other compositions, with an impressively secure technique and a range of expression, from stridently heroic to warm and tender, that spellbound the packed house. He displayed a rare talent and an exceptional potential and it will be interesting to follow his future career. After early studies in Luxembourg Philippe Schartz attended the Royal Academy of Music, London and the Eastman School of New York. He has worked with several legendary conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez and Bernard Haitink and he is currently booked for solo performances in USA and Japan.
The Royal Military Band of Luxembourg is amongst the finest professional military bands in Europe and under the outstanding leadership of Col. Reichling they produced a superb and memorable performance.