It is with regret I am announcing that there will be no IPE Championships event in 2017.
IPE was setup purely to provide performance opportunities for percussion ensembles, in a time where there were a number of teams in Europe. Unfortunately, over the past few years this number has reduced dramatically; this is due to problems either with recruiting members or finances to fund numerous trips to events.
This information was obtained through a survey that was sent to all previously-registered ensembles. I would like to thank you all for taking the time to provide an update on your current situation. A number of ensembles did not respond to the survey, which was disappointing, and resulted in decisions being made without full representation.
In having to cancel IPE’s main event for two years consecutively, it brings the question whether IPE should still exist in its current form. The Scandinavian Regional in Sweden is still a viable, well supported and very enjoyable event, but championships is a cause for concern.
The IPE Board will consider the future, and will provide a way forward in due course. If you have any suggestions or comments, please feel free to provide them via the website.
With best wishes
Erwin van Gemert