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Top brass to train Yorkshire's young musicians

Monday 25 November, 2019

Young musicians from across North Yorkshire are invited to gather at Big Brass Day Three at Tadcaster Grammar School. 

The free day, organised by local youth music charity NYMAZ, is taking place on Sunday, December 1 and will give young people the chance to explore brass music, learn new skills and perform as part of a large ensemble conducted by Yamaha artist and Black Dyke Band baritone soloist, Katrina Marzella. 

Participants will have the opportunity to learn from a brass quintet from the Hallé and they will rehearse and join the County Youth Big Band, run by the North Yorkshire Music Service. 

Sarah McWatt, director of NYMAZ, said: “This is now the third in our recent series of free Big Brass Day events. You could say brass music is in our DNA in North Yorkshire and at NYMAZ we are firmly committed to supporting young musicians across the county. This workshop will enable them to explore different styles of brass playing and refine their technique. 

“We have some of the UK’s finest brass talent joining us to teach and inspire our home-grown talent and take their playing to the next level.” 

Katrina Marzella  spoke of her excitement at how brass music is developing in North Yorkshire and said: “Throughout 2019, the Big Brass Day series has offered an array of fantastic learning opportunities to young brass musicians across North Yorkshire. For our December session, we join the best of the best – the Hallé Brass Quintet. Participants will be able to listen to this world-class group perform live and have the opportunity to learn from them in rehearsals and masterclasses as well as perform alongside them in a massed ensemble. 

“It is a pleasure to lead young players in these events; they get so much out them and it is wonderful to see their development and enjoyment!  

Steve Pickett, education director at the Hallé, added: “It's a real pleasure for the Hallé to engage with vibrant organisations such as NYMAZ and Orchestras Live – we know the young people are going to have a really fabulous day.” 

NYMAZ is working with Brass Bands England, North Yorkshire Music Hub and Orchestras Live to stage this event, which has been funded by Youth Music.  

All brass players up to 18 years old and grade four standard and over are welcome. Book your free place here.

For more information contact Alysha, call 01904 543382, visit the NYMAZ website or look at Twitter.