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World-leading partnership for The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain

Written by The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain on June 23, 2023

Building on the success of The NYBBGB’s partnership with Royal Marines Band Service, this new venture with British Army Music promises a series of exciting performance and educational projects starting with a joint concert in December.

Mark Bromley, NYBBGB CEO said “As a charity, we strive to give our young musicians access to world-class musical opportunities, and this exciting new partnership represents our commitment to that. British Army Music is the UK’s largest employer of professional musicians, with opportunities to perform brass band music at the highest level, and the partnership will give our young people aspirational mentors to work alongside and learn from.”

Warrant Officer Class One Jonathan Spencer, Corps Bandmaster, added ‘The formation of the partnership between the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and British Army Music represents an opportunity for Army musicians to work alongside and invest in some of the finest young brass players in the country; as a brass player myself, this is an incredibly exciting prospect.’

The two organisations already have a link via alumnus and current British Army Music Tenor Horn player, Musician Bobby Corkish who was a member of the NYBBGB for five years under the musical direction of the late Bramwell Tovey. Following his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and performances with the world-famous Cory Band, Musician Corkish now occupies the first Horn seat in British Army Band Tidworth, one of the full-time professional Brass Bands

British Army musicians are all part of The Royal Corps of Army Music which was formed in 1994 under the Options for Change Defence Review. On the 11th of January 2021, HRH The Countess of Wessex presented the Royal Title to the Corps on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.

British Army Music supports the ethos, tradition, and identity of the UK Armed Forces around the globe. As the UK’s largest employer of professional musicians, specialist musical capabilities include Brass Bands, as well as, Symphonic Wind Bands, the Mounted Band of the Household Cavalry, a String Orchestra, Rock and Pop Groups and Fanfare Trumpeters. Their world-famous musical abilities cross international languages and cultures.

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