Out of the Shadows

Tuesday, 9 August 2022

The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain announces a composition competition

Gavin Higgins & National Youth Brass Band
Gavin Higgins & National Youth Brass Band
Continuing today's brass band theme, the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain has announced a composition competition. Young composers (aged 20 to 30) are invited to submit an unpublished five-minute work suitable for brass band. It is essential that the submitted piece has mass brass band appeal and is technically complex enough for the Youth Band (comprising the finest young brass and percussion players in the country) to perform.

The closing date is 31 December 2022, and six works will be selected to go into the final round in January 2023. The judging panel will be Dr Robert Childs, the Band's director of artistic planning, Sarah Ionnades, the Youth Band’s guest conductor for summer 2023, and composer Dorothy Gates.  The winner of the competition will receive a £1,000 prize for their work, with the piece being performed by the Band under the baton of Sarah Ionnades next summer, together with an offer from Prima Vista Musikk to also publish the work. The runner up will receive £250.

Mark Bromley, the Band's CEO commented, "A supply of good new music is critical to any ensemble so supporting contemporary composers, particularly young composers, is very important to us. We are looking for a piece that is innovative, reflects our commitment to inclusivity, and has broad brass band appeal."

Full details from the Band's website

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