28 Apr
Town Hall, Victoria Square, Birmingham B3 3DQ
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Youth Band Charity Concert with The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood

The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain Youth Band charity concert with The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood at the Town Hall, Birmingham under the direction of Guest Conductor Irene Anda with Guest Trombone Soloist Brett Baker. The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood will be conducted by Capt. Sam Hairsine RM, an alumnus of the NYBBGB. Proceeds from the concert will go to the NYBBGB Bursary Fund and Brass Bands England Heritage Fund.

Guest Conductor, The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, Irene Anda

Conductor, The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines Collingwood, Capt. Sam Hairsine RM

Guest Soloist, Brett Baker (Trombone)

Tickets will go on sale from the Box Office of Birmingham Town Hall on 13th December.

Youth Band:

Denis Wright: Fanfare                                                                    

Paul Saggers: In Many Lands: The Adventures of Mrs. Seacole          

William Grant Still: In Memoriam: The Colored Soldiers Who Died For Democracy

Ray Steadman Allen: Eternal Quest  (Trombone: Brett Baker)

Peter Graham: Dynasty

The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain celebrates its 70 th Anniversary in 2022. This illustrious National Youth Music Organisation, (the oldest youth brass band in the World) will also celebrate other important issues throughout the year. The culmination of their Easter Course was a concert which predominately featured females in music. This concert also pays tribute to females in music and highlights the some of the older traditions.

Irene Anda, a talented female conductor from the Netherlands is the guest conductor this evening. She opens her programme with a tribute to The National Youth Brass Band’s founder Dr Denis Wright by choosing one of his compositions, a short fanfare for cornets, trombones, and percussion.

Next, The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain commissioned Paul Saggers to compose a workwhich celebrates The Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole. Mary Seacole was a nurse (born in Jamaica) who famously converted a hotel into a hospital during the Crimean war in the 1850s. The composer is a serving member of the Royal Marines Band Service and sharing the stage with the NYBBGB tonight.

Ethnicity is an important and topical issue to celebrate in the twenty-first century and The NationalYouth Brass Band of Great Britain is very aware of this. William Grant Still (often referred to as the Dean of black American composers) wrote an emotive work called In Memoriam and Director of Artistic Planning Dr Robert Childs has arranged this piece especially for Youth Band.

The Guest Soloist this evening is trombonist Brett Baker. Brett has a long association with the NYBBGB. He was a member and is currently a tutor and trustee. He has chosen to play a traditional solo by salvationist composer Ray Steadman – Allen, The Eternal Quest.

The Band concludes their programme with a contemporary work by Peter Graham titled Dynasty. The work details the history of the famous Mortimer family, Father Fred and sons Harry, Alex and Rex. Ironically, very little is written about the females in their family, i.e., sisters Marion, Nellie and Louise or Fred’s wife Sarah. The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain is made up evenly of boys and girls and we hope by featuring and celebrating gender and ethnic issues in their
programmes will strengthen the fight towards equality.