Youth Band Open Day Easter 2021 with Free Masterclass

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Young brass and percussion players between the age of 13 and 18 are invited to a virtual open day of the 80-strong National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, the UK’s leading brass band for young people.

The free-of-charge open day, which will be held on 6 April, will feature a masterclass with Cory Band principal cornet player, Tom Hutchinson, one of the world’s finest brass players and soloists.

The event will give the young musicians the chance to experience first-hand what it is like to be a member of the band, as well as the chance to ask questions with Richard Milton, the Youth Brass Bands Operations Manager, former Head of Service, Salford Music and Performing Arts Service and Dr Robert Childs, Director of Artistic Planning, Director of Brass Band Studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

Leading voices

Sectional rehearsals will be led by the band’s tutors, drawn largely from leading orchestras and brass bands.

James Fountain, cornets (joint principal trumpet, London Philharmonic Orchestra and trumpet professor at the Royal College of Music); Mark Wilkinson, cornets (principal cornet, Fodens Band); Andrea Price, percussion (Head of Academic Music at Malvern College and previously a Black Dyke Band percussionist), Les Neish, tubas (Tuba tutor, Royal Northern College of Music, RNCM Junior School, Salford University, Birmingham Conservatoire and Huddersfield University, and Eb bass, Brass Band of Battle Creek); Glyn Williams, baritones and euphoniums (solo euphonium, Cory Band), Helen Williams, flugel horns (flugel horn, Cory Band), Owen Farr, tenor horns (tenor horn tutor, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama solo horn, Brass Band of Battle Creek; and Chris Jeans, trombones (Musical Director, GUS Band)

The session will be held during the Youth Brass Band’s forthcoming Easter Course, which due to the ongoing pandemic, will be a mix of virtual and physical performances and educational opportunities.

The session will be held during the Youth Brass Band’s forthcoming Easter Course, which due to the ongoing pandemic, will be a mix of virtual and physical performances and educational opportunities.

Richard Milton, the Youth Brass Band’s Operations Manager, and who will also be taking part in the Open Day, said: “The Open Day will be a fantastic opportunity for youngsters who want to go on to develop. Not only will they get to listen to masterclass from Tom Hutchinson, arguably one of the world’s finest cornet soloists, but they’ll get to listen in to sectional rehearsals, led by a stellar cast of the best of the best.”

The Youth Band’s Easter Course will take place between 4th and 6th April and following the Government’s latest advice on Covid-19, the three live days will be held during the Spring half-term. The gala concert will be broadcast on Friday 18th June.

To book a place on the open day, which will be held between 10am and 1.30pm register below.

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