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

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Entries open for 2022 Youth Champs

Friday 1 October, 2021

Youth brass bands are being invited to get involved in the 2022 National Youth Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, with entries now open for the prestigious event.

Youth bands of all levels are invited to take part in the event, which will be held at Corby Business Academy in the East Midlands on March 26-27, 2022.

Bands can be entered for the following sections: Besson Prodige Debut Section (18 and under); Elementary Section (14 and under) Intermediate Section (16 and under); Championship Section (18 and under). 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 competition. Bands competing in this section can be of any standard, from those making their first tentative steps on stage through to established youth bands who wish to play without the pressure of competition. For the Championship Section, BBE recently revealed that the test-piece will be Saint-Saëns Variations by Philip Sparke.

Alex Parker, Brass Bands England’s relationship and partnership development manager, said: “We are thrilled to be bringing the Youth Champs back after its recent hiatus. I hope that as many bands as possible will be able to join us. For band leaders thinking of taking part for the first time, I’d really encourage you to give it a go - the Besson Prodige Debut Section will provide a great opportunity for young players to gain experience performing to an audience.”

The Youth Champs 2022 registration form and pre-entry information can be found on the Brass Bands England website, where spectator tickets can also currently be purchased at an early-bird price. Places at the event are limited and bands will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

The deadline for bands to submit their application is midnight on Friday, December 17, 2021, or when available performing slots are filled. BBE members will receive a discount of £25 on their band’s entry fee.


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