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NYBBGB Summer concerts programme confirmed

Published in Events on 2013-08-01 by Empty Chairs

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On Aug 9th 2013, 7:30PM at Darlington

The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain (NYBBGB), the UK's leading brass ensembles for youngsters aged 12 to 18, has confirmed the concert programme for its two forthcoming concerts in Darlington on 9 August and Harrogate on 10 August.

Led by orchestral conductor Bramwell Tovey, the 80-strong band will be joined by guest soloist Sheona White, the solo tenor horn player with the world famous Black Dyke Band.  Tovey is the artistic director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and just a few days prior to the two NYBBGB concerts, he is due to conduct the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, one of the world's finest orchestras.

Philip Biggs, the Administrator of the NYBBGB said: “We are hugely looking forward to performing in the two concerts. The band is made up of some of the best young brass and percussion players from across the country, and should not be missed."

The concerts will feature a range of original music for brass band, as well as a number of arrangements and transcriptions. These includes Lucy Pankhurst's Wired, written for Norway's Oslofjord Band; and marking the centenary of Benjamin Britten, the concerts include Paul Hindmarsh's arrangement of Britten's Fanfare for David Webster and Pankhurst's Diversions after Benjamin Britten.

Meanwhile, soloist Sheona White will perform Derek Bourgeois's Concerto for Tenor Horn and Eric Leidzen's The Old Rustic Bridge, which was originally written for the Salvation Army. Other works include Canadian composer's, Kelly-Marie Murphy's Hartford Accident and Indemnity, and marking the centenary of another British composer, the band will perform George Lloyd's Diversions on a Bass Theme. The programme also includes Eric Ball's Songs of the Morning, and two of Frank Wright's epic transcriptions - Richard Wagner's Die Meistersingers Overture and Giuseppe Verdi's Force of Destiny Overture.

The  two concerts conclude a week-long residential training course held at Giggleswick School in Settle (3 to 10 August), during which time the youngsters will be coached and tutored by some of the UK’s leading brass and percussion players. These include cornet Phillip McCann (cornet), Mark Wilkinson (cornet), Alan Wycherley (soprano), Glyn Williams (euphonium), Phil Goodwin (tuba) and Simone Rebello (percussion.)

On Thursday 6 August, the band will also be hosting a free of charge Open Day, a fairly recent innovation which has attracted a number of new players to the band in recent years. Featuring a masterclass, an open rehearsal, the annual solo competition and a question and answer session with Bramwell Tovey, it will take place at Giggleswick School, Settle, between 10am and 4pm.  

Concert tickets are priced £12 each and concessions are £10. Both concerts begin at 7.30pm. The concert in Darlington is to be held at the Dolphin Centre and the concert in Harrogate is to be held at The Royal Hall. Tickets are available via Alternatively, anyone wishing to attend the Open Day should contact Martin Armstrong via

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