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National Youth Brass Band Championships

Youth Champs 2025 will take place on Saturday 29 March at Hymers College in Hull.

Already registered your band? Visit the Youth Champs band information page for the latest information and instructions.

If you are looking to enter, please familiarise yourself with the aims and rules in the Pre-Entry Infomation Pack, this will be available from 19 June 2024. Championship Section bands, please note the return of the set test-piece for 2025.

About Youth Champs

Youth Champs is the National Youth Brass Band Championships of Great Britain. It is open to all youth bands across Great Britain and Northern Ireland, offering bands a chance to perform on a national platform in either a competitive or non-competitive capacity. The event is designed to celebrate, unite and promote youth music-making in brass bands at all levels. The event takes place annually, touring different locations across England, and is run by Brass Bands England.

Contest Sections

In 2025, bands will perform in three different ‘Sections’:

Bands wishing to perform in the competitive Performance or Championship Section could additionally perform in the Showcase Section if they wished. We expect Sections to follow the same format for 2025 but any changes will be communicated to bands when entries open in June 2024.

Rules and information pack

The Pre-Entry Information Pack for 2025, which includes the aims and rules, will be available from 19 June 2024.

Contest Entry

To register your band to take part in Youth Champs 2025, please complete the contest entry form. The application deadline is Wednesday 4 December 2024, or when all the spaces are filled, in which case a waiting list will be opened.

Entry will open at 9 am on Wednesday 19 June.

Tickets

Audience tickets will be available for purchase ahead of the event, tickets will be available from Saturday 22 February 2025.

Participating bands will be able to take part in our Ticket Sales Scheme and buy tickets at a discounted rate from BBE and sell them to supporters at the advanced sales rate. The Scheme will allow bands to buy up to 50 tickets at a £1 reduction meaning they can earn back the BBE member's rate cost of entry. The scheme will open to buy tickets on the 4th of December.

Questions?

We will be hosting two Pre-Entry information sessions ahead of the contest entry closing date, these online sessions will be an opportunity to find out more about the contest, ask any questions you might have and meet the team. These sessions will take place on Tuesday 24 September and Wednesday 27 November 2024, please book ahead of the session date to receive the Zoom link.

For any further information regarding the championships, please contact the contest controller at: youthchamps@bbe.org.uk

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