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Youth Champs 2022 Entry

This is to secure entry for a group into the youth championships 2022.


Line of children holding brass instruments, standing in front of a yellow Brass Foundations banner

 

Important Information

Although the 2022 rules remain unchanged from 2020, please ensure you have read the NEW Rules and Aims documentation carefully and familiarised yourself with its contents. Details for participants can also be found in the Pre-Entry Information Pack

Overview - Contest Sections

Besson Prodige Debut Section (18 and under) - The aim of this section is to enable beginners to receive their first experience of public performance.  All competitors in this section should have a positive experience so to encourage them to continue to progress on their instrument.

Bands are required to play an own-choice programme not exceeding 10 minutes playing time. There is no set test-piece.

Elementary Section (14 and under) - The aim of this section is to give young people their first experience of competitive performance.  Participating bands will be given the freedom to select their own choice of music to promote flexible teaching and suitable repertoire for performance at this level.

Bands will perform an own-choice programme, not exceeding 15 minutes, which must include one original piece of music for brass band and two verses of a hymn from 120 Hymn Tunes for Brass Bands [the ‘Red’ hymn book].

Intermediate Section (16 and under) - The aim of this section is to introduce young people to the concept of assessment on original brass band music, in preparation for advancement to performing set test-pieces in future years.

Bands will perform an own-choice programme not exceeding 20 minutes, which must include an original brass band work of at least 7 minutes’ duration.

Championship Section (18 and under) - The aim of this section is for young people to perform together at a high standard and provide the final step through the doorway to adult banding.  All the players in this section will be young people still in formal education. The principles established earlier mean that it is not appropriate for those over the age of 18, who have left the education system or who are studying in tertiary education, to still be taking part in youth contesting.  Those who are over 18 years of age but who are still studying within the formal education system will be permitted to take part in the event.  In the case of over 18 players, please apply in writing to youthchamps@bbe.org.uk

Bands will perform an own-choice programme not exceeding 20 minutes, which will include a set test-piece.

The set test-piece for the Championship Section will be Saint-Saëns Variations by Philip Sparke. It is published by the composer and available from Band-Supplies at https://www.bandsupplies.co.uk/tp-saintseans-product

Application Information 

Timeline for entry

September 2021

Entry opens.

Participants pay band entry fee on bbe.org.uk (only provisional numbers needed at this stage).

17 Dec 2021

Entry closes.

8 January 2021

Live draw will be carried out at Butlins Minworkers Contest.

31 January 2021

Deadline to confirm participant numbers, t-shirt orders and band information

28 February 2019

Deadline for individual player fees (£1 per player), and t-shirt fees

Entry Fees

The entry fees for 2022 are:

Section

Entry Fee

Extras

Championship

£50 (£25 for BBE member Bands)

plus £1 per player

Intermediate

£50 (£25 for BBE member Bands)

plus £1 per player

Elementary

£50 (£25 for BBE member Bands)

plus £1 per player

Debut

£40 (£15 for BBE member Bands)

plus £1 per player

All applications will be dealt with on a ‘first come first served’ basis.  Please note that due to limitations on the number of bands able to compete, your application may be unsuccessful, however, your band will be put on a reserve list in this instance.

Provisional Timings

We are providing provisional timings based on previous entries to assist participating bands in their planning but these timings will be confirmed at the time of the draw. These times represent the earliest start times for the contest. Bands should be able to plan to be able to arrive at these times, as, in the interests of fair competition, requests to play later will no longer be considered.

Saturday 26 March 2022
Besson Prodige Debut Section – First band performs 12:30 (arrival 11:30)
Elementary Section – First band performs 9:30 (arrival 8.30)
Sunday 27 March 2022
Intermediate Section – First band performs 9:30 (arrival 8.30)
Championship Section – First band performs 12:00 (arrival 11:00)

Draw

To avoid very early starts to your day for morning sections bands within 50 miles of the contest will be drawn first, bands within 50-100 miles will be drawn second and anyone over 100 miles will be drawn next. For afternoon sessions the reverse will take place to prevent very late return journeys with those travelling over 100 miles drawn first, over 50 miles second and less than 50 miles last.

Requests for an early draw will be considered, however, requests to play later will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

This proposal has been suggested following feedback from a number of bands in order to maximise participation whilst maintaining the spirit of competition with a draw taking place still. These provisions are a trial for the 2022 event and feedback will be taken to see if these provisions remain in future years.

Additional Information:

 Adjudication

Two scores of each band’s own choice pieces must be provided for the adjudicators.  All adjudication will be open. Points will not be awarded. The adjudicators’ decisions are final.

Rehearsal Facilities

Dedicated rehearsal and warm up areas will be available to all participating bands/groups.  There will also be a space provided to leave coats, bags and cases, however, due to child safeguarding this cannot be used as a changing area.  Please arrive in uniform ready to perform.

Wristbands

Wristbands for players, the Musical Director and up to four helpers will be given to the official of each band upon arrival.  These wristbands will provide access to the backstage area prior to and during the performance, and into the auditorium for the duration of the section in which the band is competing.

Tickets

Tickets can be purchased from BBE.org.uk/events 

Day tickets: Adults: £12.50, 12-16: £7.50 and Under-12: £4.50.
Weekend tickets: Adults: £15.00, 12-16: £9.00 and Under-12: £5.

Child performance Licencing

In order to comply with current legislation with Child Licencing, Brass Bands England have applied for a Body of Persons Approved (BOPA) certificate from the Secretary of State.  In order to comply with the BOPA, as a condition of entry you must complete the following:

  1. Each participant group organisation (band) must ensure that the appropriate number of supervising adults are employed to care for their children at a minimum of 1 adult per 12 children (the child to adult ratio should be increased as appropriate the younger the children in the participant group).  The supervising adults will ensure their children are supervised at all times. The supervising adults must have a DBS check or status update carried out in the last 3 years, and their DBS must have been seen and approved by the participant group. If a supervising adult has information on their DBS, then it is the responsibility of the participant group must undertake the risk assessment before allowing them to take care of children.
  2. The band will ensure they sign in  and out (this is done at contest control on arrival).
  3. The organisation will ensure that the band has permission, photographic consent, emergency medical information and contact details available for all child performers at the place of performance. An example of this can form can be seen at this link. The document is a PDF you can type in so members can fill it out themselves. Feel free to use this form within your band.
  4. No child must receive payment for their part in the performance (except for defraying/subsistence expenses).
  5. The band must ensure that suitable arrangements are made to get the child home (or to any other destination) safely after taking part in the Youth Championships.

Section Rules

Bands in all sections will be limited to a maximum of 55 players, including percussion.

Besson Prodige Debut Section (18 and under)

  1. This section will be open to all performers who have not reached their 19th birthday on or before 31 August in the year of the contest (in the case of 2022, players born on or after 1 September 2003).
  2. Bands are required to play an own-choice programme not exceeding 10 minutes playing time.
  3. There is no set test-piece.
  4. As this section is intended for beginners only, it is expected that players will perform in this section only once before moving on to play in the competitive sections of the Championships. This does not affect groups’ eligibility to perform year after year in the Besson Prodige Debut Section.
  5. Up to four adult (playing or non-playing) helpers will be allowed, in non-principal positions, to assist the young musicians during their performance.
  6. There will be no awards given. Each child will receive a token for taking part (such as a sticker or a certificate).
  7. Each band will receive constructive public comments from an adjudicator at the end of the section, along with a set of written notes.
  8. Non-standard ‘brass band instruments’ (i.e. trumpets, French horns and plastic instruments) will be allowed, but all instruments must be from the brass or percussion families.

N.B. In order to maintain a high level of inclusivity, special circumstances will be taken into consideration. Please discuss any requirements with the contest manager at BBE.

  Elementary Section (14 and under)

  1. This section will be open to all performers who have not reached their 15th birthday on or before 31 August in the year of the contest (in the case of 2022, players born on or after 1 September 2007).
  2. All bands will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement (Gold, Silver, Bronze or Merit) to indicate their level of playing within the section.
  3. Bands will perform an own-choice programme, not exceeding 15 minutes, which must include one original piece of music for brass band and two verses of a hymn from 120 Hymn Tunes for Brass Bands [the ‘Red’ hymn book]. ‘Original’ in this context refers to a piece of music originally scored/written for brass band. This does not mean that the piece must be a new composition, although competitors are free to commission and perform new works if they choose.
  4. There is no set test-piece.
  5. Up to two adult helpers (playing or non-playing) will be allowed, in non-principal positions, to assist the young musicians during their performance.
  6. Prizes will be awarded as follows:
  • 1st Place: The BFBB Cup, a Trophy to Retain, Banner and a visit from a Besson Artist 
  • 2nd Place: Trophy to Retain
  • 3nd Place: Trophy to Retain
  • Best Instrumentalist: Trophy to Retain
  1. Non-standard ‘brass band instruments’ (i.e. trumpets, French horns and plastic instruments) will be allowed, but all instruments must be from the brass or percussion families of instruments.

N.B. In order to maintain a high level of inclusivity, special circumstances will be taken into consideration at the discretion of Brass Bands England. Please discuss any requirements with a member of staff.

 Intermediate Section (16 and under)

  1. This section will be open to all performers who have not reached their 17th birthday on or before 31 August in the year of the contest (in the case of 2022, players born on or after 1 September 2004).
  2. All bands will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement (Gold, Silver, Bronze or Merit) to indicate their level of playing within the section.
  3. Bands will perform an own-choice programme not exceeding 20 minutes, which must include an original brass band work of at least 7 minutes’ duration. ‘Original’ in this context refers to a piece of music originally scored/written for brass band. This does not mean that the piece must be a new composition, although competitors are free to commission and perform new works if they choose.
  4. Prizes will be awarded as follows:
  • 1st Place: The BBE Chairman’s Cup, Trophy to Retain, Banner and a visit from a Besson Artist
  • 2nd Place: Trophy to Retain
  • 3rd Place: Trophy to Retain
  • Best Instrumentalist: Trophy to Retain
  1. ‘Non-standard’ brass band instruments (i.e. trumpets, French horns and plastic instruments) will be allowed, but all instruments must be from the brass or percussion families.
  2. The winning band in this section will be eligible to represent England in the Development Section of the European Youth Brass Band Contest. If the winning band has already qualified from the previous year’s EYBBC, the runner-up will also qualify


N.B. In order to maintain a high level of inclusivity, special circumstances will be taken into consideration at the discretion of Brass Bands England. Please discuss any requirements with a member of staff.

Championship Section (18 and under)

  1. This section will be open to all performers who have not reached their 19th birthday on or before 31 August in the year of the contest (in the case of 2022, players born on or after 1 September 2003). Those who are over 18 years of age but who are still studying within the formal education system will be permitted to take part in the event.
  2. All bands will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement (Gold, Silver, Bronze or Merit) to indicate their level of playing within the section.
  3. Bands will perform an own-choice programme not exceeding 20 minutes, which will include a set test-piece.
  4. Prizes will be awarded as follows:
  • 1st Place: The BBE President’s Cup, Trophy to Retain, Banner and a visit from a Besson Artist
  • 2nd Place: Trophy to Retain
  • 3rd Place: Trophy to Retain
  • Best Instrumentalist: Trophy to Retain
  1. Those of entry age who are no longer in compulsory education will not be permitted to compete in the event.
  2. ‘Non-standard’ brass band instruments (i.e. trumpets, French horns and plastic instruments) will be allowed, but all instruments must be from the brass or percussion families.
  1. The winning band in this section will be eligible to represent the England in the Premier Section of the European Youth Brass Band Contest. If the winning band has already qualified from the previous year’s EYBBC, the runner-up will also qualify.

N.B. In order to maintain a high level of inclusivity, special circumstances will be taken into consideration at the discretion of Brass Bands England. Please discuss any requirements with a member of staff.

 

When
March 26th, 2022 8:30 AM through March 27th, 2022 9:00 PM
Location
Corby Business Academy
Gretton Rd
Corby, NTH NN17 5EB
United Kingdom
Contact
Phone: 01226771015
Event Fee(s)
BBE Member £ 25.00
BBE Non-Member £ 50.00
Besson Prodige Debut Section BBE Member £ 15.00
Besson Prodige Debut Section BBE Non-Member £ 40.00