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Opportunity for Brass Band players

Talented brass and percussion players from eight to 18 are invited to join the 80-strong National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain (NYBBGB) for a day.

The free-of-charge Open Day will feature a master class by a leading brass or percussionist, the chance to hear the 80-strong NYBBGB rehearse, an opportunity to listen to its solo competition and the opportunity to participate in a question and answer session with the band’s Artistic Director, Bramwell Tovey, one of the world’s finest orchestral conductors.

The young musicians will also have the opportunity to audition for either the NYBBGB or the band’s younger sibling, the National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain (NCBBGB). Tutors for the day will include Phillip McCann (cornet), Mark Wilkinson (cornet), Alan Wycherley (soprano), Glyn Williams (euphonium), Phil Goodwin (tuba) and Simone Rebello (percussion.)

The Open Day will be held at Giggleswick School near Settle on 6 August, venue for the NYBBGB’s Summer week-long residential course.

The NYBBGB, which is only open by audition, celebrated its 60th anniversary last year, where it performed at a series of prestigious concerts including the BBC Proms held at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Cadogan Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Snape Maltings, Bridgewater Hall, The Sage in Gateshead and on BBC Radio 3.

Open Day Co-ordinator, Martin Armstrong, Solo Horn with the professional Brass Band of Battle Creek (USA), said: “We would encourage any young and talented brass or percussion player to come along. The day will see youngsters being coached by some of the UK’s finest brass and percussion players, and it will inspire. Dozens of previous attendees at Open Days have gone on to join the band.”

Former members of the band include London Symphony Orchestra Principal Trumpet, Philip Cobb, former principal trumpet of the same orchestra, the legendary Maurice Murphy, and countless other names from the orchestral, brass, big band and the wider music world.

The band will be performing on 9 August at the The Dolphin Centre, Darlington, and on the  10 August, at the The Royal Hall, Harrogate.

The free NYBBGB Open Day will be held between 10am and 4pm, and will include lunch. To find out more, email and click to for audition details.

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