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The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain Weston Conductors' Competition

The Finalists will be judged by a panel including Martyn Brabbins, Dr Robert Childs and Captain Samuel Hairsine RM.

Round 2

Candidates will rehearse one of the following well known brass band marches:

  • Shipley Douglas - March Mephistopheles
  • George Allan - March Knight Templar
  • William Rimmer - March The Cossack

Final Round

Candidates will rehearse one of the following well known brass band works:

  • Eric Ball - Resurgam
  • Philip Sparke - Music for a Festival
  • Peter Graham - Shine as the Light

Contestants

Anna Beresford

Anna Beresford is 24 years old and from the United Kingdom. She currently studies orchestral and choral conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music. Whilst at Manchester University Anna was choral and orchestral ensemble conductor in the University Music Society and winner of the Proctor-Gregg Prize for Conducting. She is Director of the Macclesfield Mydel Choir and of the Smithy Belles Choir in Hazel Grove, Stockport. Anna is also a freelance conductor for the Northern Film Orchestra, Abney Orchestra, Opera Viva, and more. As part of her course she regularly assists conductors at the BBC Philharmonic and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestra.

Chris Binns

Chris Binns is 27 years old and from the United Kingdom. He studied trombone at the Royal Northern College of Music and regularly guests with the BBC Philharmonic, Halle Orchestra and Opera North. Chris also completed trials with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Welsh National Opera. He is Principal Trombone with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band. Studying conducting in his fourth year at the Royal Northern College of Music, Chris has had the opportunity to conduct Flowers Band and Grimethorpe Colliery Band and is currently Musical Director of Hebden Bridge Band.

Leon Franzten

Leon Franzten is 23 years old and from the Netherlands. He currently studies conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music. Leon held the role of assistant conductor of the Youth Orchestra of The Netherlands, toured with the Maastricht Academic Chamber Orchestra and conducted in the final concert of the international conducting masterclass with the Banda Sinfonica Portuguesa. He has also been chief conductor of the Koninklijke Fanfare St. Dionysius Opoeteren and the Harmonie St. Antonius Lomm.

Derrick Morgan

Derrick Morgan is 27 years old and from the United Kingdom. A recent graduate of the Masters in Conducting programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, he was recipient of the Hugh S Robertson prize for Orchestral Conducting. Derrick has conducted the Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra, toured the Marriage of Figaro with Blackbird Opera and given the fringe premiere of Tom Cunningham’s two mini operas with Edinburgh Studio Opera. He has conducted charity concerts with Ensemble Alba and organised a performance of Mendelssohn’s Second Symphony with the Edinburgh Practice Choir.

Enyi Okpara

Enyi Okpara is 22 years old and British-Nigerian. A law graduate he currently studies conducting with Sian Edwards. Enyi has conducted the Bristol University Symphonia and the Bristol University Chamber Orchestra on their tour of Hungary. Founder of the North London Orchestra, he has also conducted Southsea Chamber Music Society’s resident orchestra. In 2021, Enyi was awarded a Young Conducting Scholarship with Sing for Pleasure, conducting workshops and masterclasses in London, Cambridge, and Manchester.

Lewis Wilkinson

Lewis Wilkinson is 26 years old and from the United Kingdom. He studied Brass Band conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and whilst studying was resident conductor of Filton Concert Brass, with which he won the Welsh Open, and music director of the Parc and Dare Band. Lewis gained a place in the semi-final of the 2020 European Conductor’s Competition in Palanga, Lithuania which unfortunately was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is a busy guest conductor with bands at all levels, such as Elland Silver, Easington Colliery, Llwydcoed, NASUWT Riverside and Solna (Sweden). Lewis is currently Director of Music for Fishburn Band

A big thank you

The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain would like to thank the Garfield Weston Foundation for their support and everyone who has taken part in the competition, and offer our congratulations to those who have been selected to take part in the final rounds.

Garfield Weston Foundation

The Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded, charitable grant-making foundation, which supports a wide range of causes across the UK, donating over £80 million annually.  It was established in 1958 by the Weston family and is one of the largest and most respected charitable institutions in the UK which has donated over £1 billion in total.  The Trustees are descendants of the founder and the Weston family continues to take a highly active and hands-on approach.

Find out more about the Garfield Weston Foundation here

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