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Inaugural Youth Fest launched by Brass Bands England

Tuesday, 9 January, 2024

Youth Fest is a brand new, non-competitive brass festival created by BBE. This new event endeavours to inspire and engage young people in brass playing in an inclusive environment, encouraging personal development and progression.

The inaugural festival, aiming to celebrate success and participation in music, will take place on Friday 28 June 2024 at Barnsley Civic. Bands of all standards are welcome to play in the high-quality national event, promoting a standard of access and inclusivity in banding.  

BBE's Chief Operating Officer Sarah Baumann commented: ”Youth Fest is open to young players of all abilities. In particular, it’s an ideal occasion for beginner school ensembles to experience a high-quality performance opportunity without the pressure of competition. It’s all about motivating young people to continue their brass journey!”

She continued: “We are delighted that we will be bringing the first Youth Fest to our home in Barnsley, and working with the Civic - a fellow Barnsley-based Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation - as our chosen venue.”

Find out more and apply

Applications to take part in Youth Fest 2024 will open on Thursday 1 February 2024 via our website.

Ahead of the entry window, bands considering participating will be able to soon download a Pre-Entry Information Pack, as well as access the Youth Fest guidelines, via the Youth Fest page.

To ensure Youth Fest is as inclusive as possible, entry to the event for participating bands is free of charge. Places to perform at the event will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

All those interested in the event are welcomed to a Youth Fest online information session on Tuesday 6 February 2024 at 3:45pm, or alternatively Monday 11 March at 3:45pm.

Find out more about Youth Fest.