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Summer 2020 Open Day

Written by The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain on July 8, 2020

National Youth and National Children’s Brass Bands of Great Britain to hold interactive virtual open day for brass & percussion players aged eight to eighteen

Funded by Arts Council England and the Department for Education, the National Youth (NYBB) and National Children’s (NCBB) Brass Bands of Great Britain (NYBBGB) are to hold an interactive virtual open day for young brass and percussion players on Tuesday 28th July.

The workshop – part of the NYBBGB’s National Youth at Home initiative – will give brass and percussion players, aged eight to 18, the chance to join a sectional and full-band band rehearsal.

Participants will also get the chance to ask questions to the NYBB’s artistic director, principal conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra, Bramwell Tovey, Music Director of the NCBB, Professor Nicholas Childs, Musical Director of Black Dyke Band, senior house tutors of both the NCBB and NYBB as well as members of the band’s leading team of tutors. These include Kate Moore (cornet), Tracey Redfern (cornet), Paul Young (cornet), Siobhan Bates (horns), David Childs (baritones & euphoniums), Carol Jarvis (trombones), Nick Etheridge (tubas), and Mark Landon (percussion.)

Alun Williams, the NYBBGB’s interim administrator, said: “The open day has proven a welcome innovation in recent years to the residential courses, and are always a great opportunity for children and young brass and percussion players to come together and experience a flavour of what to expect in being part of the NYBB or the NCBB. Not only will this be the first-time that the organisation has held its courses virtually, but it will be the first- time that the band’s open day has moved online.”

Alumni of the two bands include Philip Cobb (London Symphony Orchestra), Mark Wilkinson (Fodens Band) and David Childs (euphonium soloist.)

The Open day will be held between 10am and 1pm. To register your interest and be a part of this exciting open day please register on Eventbrite by searching for National Youth at Home Open Day or via

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