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Friday 10 September, 2021

The National Youth Brass Band Championship has received a major boost ahead of its return in 2022, following the news that it is to receive support from brass instrument brand, Besson.

Besson’s involvement will be focused on the Debut Section of the event, which is due to take place at Corby Business Academy on March 26-27, 2022.

The news comes as Besson looks to showcase its Prodige series of instruments, aimed at student and community learners.

Euan Meikle, Besson’s UK and Ireland sales manager, said: “Besson is delighted to be in partnership and working with BBE to deliver the 2022 Youth Champs. Engaging and supporting the development of young brass musicians at an early age is essential to ensure the sustainability of brass banding, and as we emerge from the past 18 months, these championships are a superb opportunity to celebrate and believe in our future young brass musicians throughout the UK – and what better way than to do it together.”

The rebranded Besson Prodige Debut Section is the Youth Champs’ non-competitive section for groups wishing to perform in an exciting atmosphere without the pressure of a competition. The section’s main aim is to give players a memorable performance day out as they begin their musical journey with brass bands, and players of all school ages are welcome.

Each band will receive both verbal and written feedback from the adjudicators, plus a certificate of merit to display in their bandroom, while each player will receive a souvenir of the day.

Kenny Crookston, BBE chief executive officer, commented: “We are delighted to announce this partnership with Besson, which not only focuses on the Debut Section; the winners of each competitive section will also receive a workshop visit from a leading Besson artist at a rehearsal following the event, and the partnership will add considerable value to participants’ day out at the Championships. Besson and BBE are both passionate about the future of our brass banding community and we are looking forward to working closely with them as we nurture the next generation of brass players together.”

As well as the Besson Prodige Debut Section, the Youth Champs will feature three competitive sections: Elementary (for players aged 14 and under), Intermediate (for players 16 and under) and Championship (for players 18 and under). Meanwhile, the test-piece for the Championship Section is to be Saint-Saëns Variations by Philip Sparke, which, although ultimately not performed at the cancelled 2020 Youth Champs, had proved to be very popular with participants who will now have the chance to perform this fantastic work.

More information on the Youth Champs is at the BBE website. Applications to participate in Youth Champs 2022 will launch on Friday, September 10 and will remain open until Friday, December 17, 2021. Places are limited and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.