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Youth Champs entry now open with a discount for BBE members

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Monday, 27 September, 2021

Entry for the National Youth Brass Band Championships of Great Britain is now open via the Brass Bands England website.

Youth bands of all levels are invited to take part in the event, which will be held at Corby Business Academy in the East Midlands on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 March 2022.

Information for those wishing to enter is available in a Pre-Entry Pack covering all the details of how the event will be run and how to enter your band.

Bands can be entered for the following sections:

  • Besson Prodige Debut Section (18 and under)

  • Elementary Section (14 and under)

  • Intermediate Section (16 and under)

  • Championship Section (18 and under)

The rebranded Besson Prodige Debut Section is the Youth Champs’ non-competitive section for groups wishing to perform in an exciting atmosphere without the pressure of competition. Bands competing in this section can be of any standard, from those making their first tentative steps on stage through to established youth bands who wish to play without the pressure of competition. For the Championship Section, BBE recently revealed that the test-piece will be Saint-Saëns Variations by Philip Sparke

Alex Parker, Brass Bands England’s Relationship & Partnership Development Manager said: “We are thrilled to be bringing the Youth Champs back after its recent hiatus. I hope that as many bands as possible will be able to join us. For band leaders thinking of taking part for the first time, I’d really encourage you to give it a go - the Besson Prodige Debut Section will provide a great opportunity for young players to gain experience performing publically to an audience.”

Youth Champs 2022 registration form and pre-entry information can be found on the Brass Bands England website, where spectator tickets can also currently be purchased at an early-bird price.

Places at the event are limited and bands will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for bands to submit their application is midnight on Friday 17 December 2021, or when available performing slots are filled. We are also running the following info drop in sessions to answer any questions you have about the event:

Tuesday 2nd November 5:30pm - this is specifically about the Debut Section

Wednesday 8th December 6:00pm

BBE members will receive a discount of £25 on their band’s entry fee. 

Register your youth band now!