FORMIDABLE FODEN'S - Full coverage from the 2021 National Brass Band Championships

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2021 Brass Band Conference line-up revealed

Saturday 18 September, 2021

The Brass Band Conference is back – and the event is preparing to welcome a diverse range of topics, speakers and performances.

Organised by Brass Bands England, the conference takes place on Saturday, September 25 and will open with a short performance by St Helen’s Youth Brass Band, followed by the event’s keynote speaker, principal conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra, Bramwell Tovey.

An interactive discussion session will tackle the heart of the conference topic How do we improve our art? facilitated by BBE development staff Sarah Baumann and Alex Parker.

After lunch, participants should have their instruments to hand for a fast-paced 10-minute masterclass with multi-award winning trombonist Carol Jarvis. Following that session is the announcement of the winners of the Brass Band England Awards 2021, recognising individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to brass banding.

The afternoon workshop session is A journey of collaboration with composer, Liz Lane.

The conference events conclude with the panel discussion, this year on the theme of The creative case for diversity, and led by Arts Council England’s director of diversity, Abid Hussain.

As with last year, the day’s events will feature a mixture of live and pre-recorded content that will be free to access to all who register in advance. Events will be streamed by with lots of opportunities for those watching at home to send in questions and participate in workshops.


9am: AGM. This year’s Brass Bands England (BBE) Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held via Zoom, prior to the Brass Band Conference. Register at the BBE website.
10.30am: St Helen’s Youth Brass Band Performance
10.40am: Introduction and Welcome from Brass Bands England’s CEO Kenny Crookston
10.50am: Keynote address from Bramwell Tovey
11.50am: Announcement
12.15pm: Facilitated discussion: How do we improve our art?
1pm: Lunch
1.45pm: 10-minute masterclass with Carol Jarvis: Effective warm-ups
1.55pm: Presentation of The Brass Band England Awards 2021 by BBE chairman Mike Kilroy
2.20pm: A journey of collaboration with Liz Lane
3.10pm: Panel discussion: The creative case for diversity
4.20pm: Closing remarks from BBE chairman Mike Kilroy