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Fun of the fair at 2022 Youth Champs

Sunday 3 April, 2022

Featuring 27 bands, 386 young performers, nine free workshops and four sections, the National Youth Brass Band Championships of Great Britain made a dramatic return recently. 

British Bandsman looks back on the action. Images: Lorne Campbell.


Taking place on March 26 and 27 at Corby Business Centre, the Youth Champs was organised by Brass Bands England.

On Saturday, audiences were welcomed by the day’s compère, TV’s Dave Benson Philips, who entertained and enthused audiences of all ages between each performance. 

Adjudicators for day one were Alexandra Kenyon and John Barber, who enthusiastically shared feedback on all of the bands, including those in the non-competitive Besson Prodige Debut Section.

Day two adjudication came from Mark Bousie and Stephanie Binns, who were equally encouraging and supportive of all the young talent performing on stage. The day was presented by David Haywood, experienced bander and long-time supporter of the event.

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