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NYBBS summer courses cancelled

Sunday 10 May, 2020

The three National Youth Brass Band of Scotland summer residential courses, which had been due to take place in August, have been cancelled.

The Scottish Brass Band Association cited the continuing COVID-19 pandemic for the decision, meaning there will be no NYBBS courses at Strathallan School, Perthshire, in 2020. The news comes soon after a similar announcement from the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain.

Carrie Boax, SBBA president, commented: “Everyone at SBBA, as well as our key funding and venue providers, agree that the health and wellbeing of all members of our NYBBS family – from students to staff and conductors – is our top priority and we do not want to risk this during these extraordinary times.”

It’s understood Carrie and other SBBA officers have been working closely with key personnel and funders Creative Scotland to try to find a way to stay connected during the prolonged period of musical isolation.

Plans are afoot for an alternative project over the next few weeks which it is hoped will involve as many NYBBS students as possible to ensure that a final concert performance on August 8 will still be feasible, albeit in a virtual environment.

In the meantime, students are able to find a series of videos, prepared by the NYBBS conducting team, on the SBBA YouTube channel, offering encouragement and musical expertise. Access to the videos will be via a password which will be supplied by contacting SBBA education officer John Boax at sbbaeducation@gmail.com