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Sunday 11 October, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic may have put paid to much of the scheduled brass band activity in Scotland of late but young performers will still have the opportunity to showcase their skills in the Scottish Virtual Youth Brass Band Festival.

The online event is to take place on Sunday, November 29, and comes following discussions between bands and SBBA education officer, John Boax, who said: “The majority were in favour of doing something. The main issue for some was the technical expertise involved to achieve a virtual performance.

“However, I will offer support to those bands with the help of our technical expert, James McGoldrick, to overcome these difficulties.”

The news comes after the Scottish Festival of Brass recently became one of the latest events to fall prey to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has seen most live music events in Scotland cancelled or postponed in 2020. Youth brass and percussion groups of any size are invited to take part in the virtual event. Entrants must play three contrasting items, including a Scottish piece, and there will be a mentor’s evaluation of every band’s performance.

Prizes will be awarded for the most entertaining programme and the best performance of the Scottish piece. Every group will receive a certificate of participation.

Entries for the SFoB Youth Festival should be sent to John Boax: sbbaeducation@gmail.com. The closing date for sending in videos is Friday, November 20, 2020.