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Thrilling response to Young Composer Competition

Written by The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain on January 5, 2023

The entry date closed at midnight on the 31st December 2022, with 28 entries looking to claim the first prize of £1,000. NYBBGB Director of Artistic Planning Dr. Robert Childs will now assess the entries and select six to go into the final to be judged by Sarah Ioannides (Guest Conductor of the 2023 NYBBGB Summer Course), composer Dorothy Gates (who has been commissioned to write a work for the Youth Band in 2023) and Dr. Childs himself.


Mark Bromley said “It’s been thrilling to receive works from all corners of the globe and to find that the standard has been so high. The commitment to being inventive, inclusive and diverse was a key element of the entry process and this has really been shown. Bob Childs has got an unenviable, but hugely enjoyable task of pick just six finalists.”

“A supply of good new music is critical to any ensemble so supporting contemporary composers, particularly young composers, is very important to us. I thank all the entrants and wish them the very best of luck.”

The final six will be announced by the end of January and the winner and runner up by the end of February.


The winner will receive a prize of £1,000 and the offer of a publishing contract from Prima Vista Music, with the work performed by the National Youth Band of Great Britain Youth Band at Saffron Hall in Saffron Walden on 5th August under the baton guest conductor Sarah Ioannides.

The runner up will receive a prize of £250 with the potential for it being performed by The Childrens’ Band as part of their Summer Course concert in Norwich on 28th July under the baton of Marieka Gray.

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