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Monday 29 June, 2020

The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain (NYBB) and National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain (NCBB) have unveiled plans for their joint summer courses and concert. 

The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain (NYBB) and the National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain (NCBB) – made up of 140 of the UK’s most young talented brass and percussion players – are to perform a joint virtual concert on Friday, August 7, called National Youth at Home. The concert – the first time the two bands have performed together – will be the culmination of two innovative back-to-back virtual courses, the first time the organisation has replaced its residential courses with online courses since the NYBB was founded in 1952.

The NCBB course will be held between July 19 and 21, and the NYBB course will be between July 27 and 30. The NYBB will be led by artistic director, the Grammy and Juno award-winning conductor and composer Bramwell Tovey, principal conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra; and the NCBB will be led by artistic director Nicholas Childs, musical director of the Black Dyke Band. The concert will feature guest soloists, David Childs (euphonium) and Brett Baker (trombone) and both courses will also premiere two new compositions for virtual brass band, Bramwell Tovey’s Madrigali for Brass Band and Percussion and Peter Graham’s Strange New World.

The technical delivery of the course will be led by NYBB and NCBB alumnus Ben Stratford, of Mango Design, who was also commissioned to create a new brand identity for the two course under the theme National Youth at Home.

Dr Robert Childs, chairman of the NYBB and NCBB, said: “We’re really excited about our forthcoming virtual courses and end of courses joint concert. This will the first time that the two bands have performed together in concert, the first time that we’ve gone online, a necessary move during the current pandemic, and the first time that the two bands have gone under the same banner.

“Although we will never be able to replace the physical courses we are known for, our two artistic directors, the trustees and I really felt that the young musicians shouldn’t miss out. We are therefore, delighted to have created two courses which will offer something really special for the children and young musicians, something we’d like to think, aren’t offered elsewhere.”
More details of the two courses and the end of courses concert will be announced soon. Find the organisation on Facebook, via Twitter @nybbgb or via www.nybbgb.com