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BBCA reveals the Conducting Competition Winner 2021

Monday, 28 June, 2021

The Brass Band Conductors’ Association (BBCA) is delighted to announce the winner of the 2021 online Brass Band Conducting Competition.

1st place goes to CJ Wu

CJ made her conducting debut in 2017 in Prague with West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra. Since then she has conducted BBC Concert Orchestra, Savaria Symphony Orchestra, Ruse Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Giovanile Italiana, Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra, Bucharest Royal Camerata Orchestra, South Bohemian Orchestra, Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra and Brasov Philharmonic.  She has been invited to an international masterclass led by Riccardo Muti, Daniele Gatti and Marin Alsop.

CJ will receive £500, a year’s free BBCA membership and a glass commemorative plaque.

In 2nd place, receiving a glass commemorative plaque is Gaddiel Dombrowner

In 3rd place receiving a glass commemorative plaque is Denis Salvini

The final runner up is Alexander Webb

The Panel said “It was a really interesting and pleasurable experience to adjudicate over zoom. We had a thoroughly pleasurable evening listening to the finalists performances as there was such a wide selection of music and genres on show. It was a really hard decision but we think we have found an outstanding winner in CJ and look forward to seeing her in action in the future. Congratulations!” 

The BBCA would like to extend its special thanks to guest adjudicator Bjarte Engeset. Thank you also to our BBCA member judges Paul Holland and Brendan Breslin who together had the tough job in selecting a winner.

We would also like to thank the team at Brass Bands England for providing the admin support to make this years event possible.

Watch the adjudication of the BBCA Conducting Competition final


The adjudication of the final which was broadcast on Sunday 27th June at 2pm is available on the BBCA Facebook page.


For more information please visit the Brass Band Conductors’ Association webpage