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NYBBGB conducting contest open for entries

Friday 3 September, 2021

The inaugural National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain (NYBBGB) Conductors’ Competition is open for entries.

Supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation, the event aims to create opportunities for up-and-coming musicians to make an impact on today’s youth music scene and offers a range of prizes, including conducting a work in the NYBBGB’s 70th anniversary celebration concert, tutored by Martyn Brabbins (pictured above).

Discussing the initiative, Robert Childs, director of artistic planning at the NYBBGB and one of the competition judges, said: “The National Youth Brass Band traditionally nurtures young brass and percussion players, preparing them for further education, teaching and music making in the community. Many go on to become professional musicians in top orchestras. However, many diversify and develop into conductors. This new competition will give the winner the opportunity to work with maestro Martyn Brabbins for a full week. His expertise and experience will help nurture their talent and hopefully feed back into the brass band movement benefiting many others along the way.”

The competition will consist of an application stage followed by two further rounds. In order to enter the competition, participants must be aged between 20 and 30 on January 1, 2022. Entries will be accepted for the competition until October 1, 2021.

Applicants should complete a short biography, upload a video and provide contact information. Successful entrants will go through an online interview stage before being notified of their acceptance. Finally, from the interview stage, six conductors will be selected and will get to work with a band made up of members of the NYBBGB, being assessed by Martyn Brabbins, Robert Childs and Captain Sam Hairsine RM. For the final stage of the competition, three finalists will be judged by the panellists.

Martyn Brabbins commented: “Discovering new conducting talent, and then nurturing that talent is something I am passionately committed to. First though, one has to give the aspiring conductor a chance to show what he or she has to offer. This new competition will do just that, and by a process of selection and with careful guidance, new talent will be given the chance to flourish.”

More information is available at the NYBBGB website.