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The Brass Band Conference

The Brass Band Conference 2021 - Improving Our Art

The Brass Band Conference is back! Live-streamed from The LifeCentre in Manchester. Once again Brass Bands England’s annual Conference will be live-streamed so you can take part at home. This year’s theme of ‘Improving our art’ will highlight a diverse range of creative topics, speakers and performances.

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Just as at the 2020 Conference, the day's events will be a mixture of live and pre-recorded content that will be free to access to all who register in advance. The day's events will be streamed by BrassPass.tv with lots of opportunity for those watching at home to send in questions and take part in workshops.

We regret to announce that due to unforeseen circumstances Bram Tovey is no longer able to deliver our Keynote Address. However, we are delighted to announce that his place has been taken by renowned brass band composer Philip Wilby.

To open the event there will be a short performance by the St Helen’s Youth Brass Band, followed by the event’s keynote speaker, Philip Wilby. After this inspirational start, follows an interactive discussion session tackling the heart of the conference topic ‘How do we improve our art?’ facilitated by BBE development staff Sarah Baumann and Alex Parker.

After lunch, participants should have their instruments to hand for a fast-paced 10-minute masterclass with multi-award winning trombonist Carol Jarvis. Following this session is the announcement of the winners of the Brass Band England Awards 2021, recognising individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to brass banding. 

The afternoon workshop session is a ‘Journey of Collaboration’ with Composer Liz Lane. The conference events conclude with the Panel Discussion, this year on the theme of ‘The Creative Case for Diversity, and led by Arts Council England’s Director of Diversity, Abid Hussain.

Just as at the 2020 Conference, the day's events will be a mixture of live and pre-recorded content that will be free to access to all who register in advance. Events will be streamed by BrassPass.tv with lots of opportunity for those watching at home to send in questions and participate in workshops. 

Timetable

9:00 AGM. This year’s Brass Bands England (BBE) Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held via Zoom, prior to the Brass Band Conference. Register for the BBE AGM.

10:30 St Helen’s Youth Brass Band Performance

10:45 Introduction and Welcome from Brass Bands England’s CEO Kenny Crookston

10:55 Keynote Address from Philip Wilby

11:50 An exciting announcement…

12:15 Facilitated Discussion - ‘How do we improve our art?’

13:00 Lunch

13:35 10-minute Masterclass with Carol Jarvis - Effective Warm Ups 

13:45 Presentation of The Brass Band England Awards 2021 by BBE Chairman Mike Kilroy

14:10 A Journey of Collaboration with Liz Lane

15:20 Panel Discussion - The Creative Case for Diversity

16:20 Closing remarks from BBE Chairman Mike Kilroy

Who is the Conference for?

The Brass Band Conference is for anyone and everyone with an interest in banding. This year’s topic, ‘Improving our art’, is accessible to band players, managers, and conductors alike. It is our opportunity as a community to come together (even if it’s virtually) to celebrate what we do, network with others and hear from inspirational speakers within our sector. The conference day will also include Brass Band’s England’s Annual General Meeting, to which representatives from member bands and individual members will be invited to attend via Zoom. This will take place on the morning of the event and registration details will be circulated in early September.

How much does it cost?

Absolutely nothing. The Brass Band Conference is free to access for everyone, and recordings of the sessions will be available after the day's events.

Who is involved?

A full schedule of the day will be announced in the coming weeks, involving a mixture of practical workshops, discussion panels and performances from significant figures in banding and beyond.

Will the Awards be presented?

On the day we will be announcing the winners of the Brass Bands England Awards 2021, recognising individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to brass banding.  Make sure you’re tuned-in to hear the announcements live. Winners will be announced for the following categories:

  • Brass Bands England Social Impact Award
  • Brass Bands England Innovation Award
  • Brass Bands England Outstanding Contribution Award (18 and under)
  • Brass Bands England Outstanding Contribution Award (over 18s)
  • Brass Bands England Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Brian W Hicks Memorial Shield for Services to Youth

Winners have been nominated by the banding public and selected by the Brass Bands England board of trustees. Each award winner will receive a memento to commemorate their achievement and these will be presented at suitable occasions after the event. Read all about last year’s winners.

How do I book my place at the Conference?

Booking for the conference is now open via the BBE Events page. Book now.