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Leading the charge: Mark Bromley on the NYBBGB at 70

Friday 15 April, 2022

The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain is in the midst of its 2022 Easter course at Harrogate Ladies’ College. As it prepares to perform in concert, chief executive officer Mark Bromley looks ahead to the special event, and the organisation’s 70th anniversary, which it celebrates this year.

Mark also discusses the NYBBGB’s attempts to strike a balance between holding dear proud banding traditions while reaching new, diverse audiences.


How is the NYBBGB’s Easter course going so far?

MB: It’s going very well. We started on Saturday morning and welcomed 17 new members to the band. They’ve been getting to grips with what it means to be in the band and they’ve settled in very quickly. We’ve done sectionals and full band rehearsals and the pieces are coming together.

Saturday, April 16, sees the band performing in concert in Huddersfield Town Hall. How is it shaping up?

MB: We have quite a challenging programme. There are some new works, including a piece commissioned for us by the Royal Marines Band Service, our partner. That has been composed by Paul Saggers and tells the adventures of a Jamaican/Crimean nurse, Mary Seacole. That is a wonderful piece and we’re looking forward to performing it.

We also have a piece arranged by Robert Childs, our director of artistic planning, by William Grant Still, called In Memoriam. It’s about the black soldiers who fought in the Second World War for the freedom of the world yet, when they returned home to America, they didn’t enjoy those same freedoms. It’s a very poignant piece.

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