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NABBC to launch Conducting Competition

Published in General on 2016-03-10 by Empty Chairs

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The NABBC is delighted to announce the reestablishment of the NABBC Conducting competition, in what is hoped to become an annual event. Coinciding with the AGM of the organisation to be held at Berties Bistro, Elland (Venue for the popular Pogson Bray Entertainment contest) on Sunday the 19th of June, 12 chosen finalists will get the opportunity to rehearse part of one of the three selected pieces – these being;

Essay (Gregson)
Traversada (Waespi)
Tallis Variations (Sparke)

An adjudication panel headed by NABBC president Russell Gray alongside the Musical Director of the Rambert Ballet Company Paul Hoskins, shall select 6 finalists to go through to the evening where they shall get a short rehearsal on a single concert item before presenting this as part of a concert that evening. Amongst other prizes, in a “winner take all” prize pot, the winning conductor will get the opportunity to work, in both rehearsal and concert, with some of the finest bands in the country including;

The Fodens Band
Carlton Main Band
Reg Vardy Band
Whitburn Band

Applicants must be over 18 and be an active conductor of an ensemble, though they cannot make their living professionally out of conducting. They must have the ability to make their own way to the venue and provide own scores for the first round of the competition. They must also be willing to submit a CV of conducting experience as well as a short video clip (5 minutes) of them rehearsing an ensemble.

Speaking of the competition NABBC president, Russell Gray, said the following

"I'm delighted that the NABBC is re-establishing this competition. It is so important that talented conductors are given the opportunity to stand in front of leading bands.

This event will provide that opportunity.”

Anyone interested can contact for a full entry pack

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