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No International Brass Band Summer School in 2020

Saturday 9 May, 2020

The International Brass Band Summer School will not take place in 2020 in light of the continued spread of COVID-19.

Course organisers made the decision after following guidance from the UK government regarding the global pandemic, which has seen many countries adopt a prolonged period of lockdown. It means the course, which had been scheduled to take place from August 2-8. 2020 at the University of Swansea, will now roll over to August 1-7, 2021.

Alison Childs, course administrator, commented: “Sadly Swansea University has confirmed it will be closed until the autumn.  The IBBSS had a truly international reputation with well over 100 delegates from 10 different countries registered for this year. While we are sad to have to cancel Europe’s premier brass band summer school in 2020, we are aware that the health and wellbeing of all delegates, tutors and organisers was of paramount importance and with appropriate advice and guidance followed we have reluctantly had to take this decision.”

Speaking about the decision, course director Nicholas Childs said: “While I realise we will all be disappointed with the 2020 cancellation, we are looking forward to seeing everyone from August 1-7, 2021, to have a great course with like-minded musicians, with the knowledge we came through this challenging time and let’s look forward to great music making.”

Tutors for the 2021 course are: course director, Nicholas Childs; cornets, Richard Marshall, Black Dyke, Tom Hutchinson, Cory, Chris Turner, Geneva ambassador; horns, Owen Farr; euphoniums and baritones, Dan Thomas, Black Dyke, Gary Curtin, Foden’s, trombones, Brett Baker, Black Dyke; tubas, Joe Cook, Geneva artist; steward coordinator and multi-faceted quizmaster: Matthew Routley, Black Dyke; percussion team, Neil Edwards, Simon Oliver, Matt Whitfield; administrator, Alison Childs; social media coordinator, Rebecca Childs; visiting specialist, Zoe Lovatt-Cooper, flugel; visiting composer, Paul Lovatt-Cooper.

For further information contact Alison Childs:

A video announcement from Nicholas Childs is available at: