WMC News

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  • November 5, 2021

    WMC is positive

    about registrations World Music Contest 2022

    Considering the number of registrations for WMC 2022, the organisation is positive about the number ...

  • Juli 12, 2021

    Live stream: World Premier of WMC Test piece

    The composition Diferencias on an Old Spanish Song by composer Ito Yasuhide will be performed at the concert of the Senzoku Gakuen Green-Tie Wind Ensemble.

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International Conductors Contest

Battle for golden baton has started

Starting November 1 2021, the World Music Contest (WMC) Kerkrade will open applications for the International Conductors Contest (13 – 20 July 2022). This contest will be held during the 19th edition of the festival in the summer of 2022. Out of the registrations, 24 candidates will be selected who will receive an admission for the contest. The winner of the golden baton will be decided during the final concert on Wednesday July 20, 2022, where three finalists will conduct the gala concert in the Roda Hall.

The WMC Fringe Festival

Take this chance to play in front of an WMC-audience, to meet other musicians and to get a taste of this unique music festival in Kerkrade. The World Music Contest is as much about competing as it is about meeting fellow musicians from all over the world and making music together. With WMC Fringe, a new part of WMC, we want to give bands a chance to get the full WMC experience, but without entering in the competitions. Because during the four-week festival, there are many performance opportunities in Kerkrade.

About the region

Sightseeing & accommodation

Kerkrade is situated on the border between Belgium and Germany, a stone's throw away from historic cities such as Maastricht (NL), Aachen (DE) and Liège (B). For participants from Asia or America, Kerkrade is an ideal starting-point for visiting European cities such as Paris (FR), Amsterdam (NL), Brussels (B), Berlin (D) and London (GB). As soon as you apply for the contest, you will receive help with all your questions regarding accommodation, hospitality, recreation, and transport.

Concert Contests

Everything you need to know about the contests for wind and fanfare bands, brassbands and percussion ensembles in 2022. 


Marching and Show Contests

Marching, show and marching parade: read all about participating in the contests in 2022.

Contest Venues

The contests during WMC 2021 take place at the Rodahal, Kerkrade Theater and the Parkstad Limburg Stadium.

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