The World Rejoicing (Symphonic Variations on a Lutheran Chorale) has been declared the winner of ’Test Piece of the Year’ by the brass band website 4barsrest.com. The work also received the same award in 2021 for its performances in the Netherlands and Switzerland. It was chosen out of nine other nominated works.
The World Rejoicing was commissioned as the set test piece for their national competitions by five European countries in 2019, but because of the pandemic all the national premieres were postponed for over two years. The world premiere eventually took place in the Netherlands in October 2021.
The performances in 2022 which resulted in the award took place at Symphony Hall, Birmingham (British Open Brass Band Championship), and Belgium (National Championships). You can read the full article here: https://www.4barsrest.