National youth prepare for concert finale

Two new world premieres and a brace of fantastic world class soloists will provide the entertainment at the National Youth Brass Bands of Great Britain virtual on-line course concert

  The 2020 course has been held on-line this year.

The National Youth (NYBB) and National Children's (NCBB) Brass Bands of Great Britain are to feature two brand new works for virtual brass band as part of their inaugural joint concert on Friday 7th August.


Broadcast live as part of its successful 'National Youth at Home' initiative, the concert will include the premiere of Peter Graham's 'Strange New Worlds' and Bramwell Tovey's 'Madrigali', both specially written for a virtual performance.

Prof Nicholas Childs will lead the Nat Children's Band with Bramwell Tovey at the helm of the National Youth Band.

The Children's Band recorded 'Strange New Worlds' during its recent virtual course.
It's a five-movement work, which in the words of the composer can be interpreted in a number of ways — from the sci-fi world of H.G. Wells to the recent return of 1980s fashion and culture and even as an analogy of today's events through the Netflix series 'Stranger Things', to which the title pays homage.

Meanwhile, the NYBB will perform 'Madrigali', which in the words of the composer, "is a set of instrumental madrigals for each section of the band."

Featured soloists

The featured guest soloist with the Children's Band will be Brett Baker who will perform, 'La chica sin nombre' by Rob Wiffin, completed during lockdown by the former conductor of the RAF Central Band. He will also perform 'Sometimes I feel like a Motherless Child' and the 'Autumn Dreams' by Leo Zimmerman.

David Childs will perform with the National Youth Band, featuring 'The Better World' by Norman Bearcroft, 'I'll Make Music' by Karl Jenkins, and 'Carnival of Venice'.

It's going to be a great event and I hope as many people as possible join us for the entertainmentAlun F Williams

Great event

Interim NYBBGB administrator, Alun Williams, told 4BR: "The concert will feature 140 of the UK's finest young brass and percussion soloists led by two brilliant conductors alongside a brace of world class soloists.

It's going to be a great event and I hope as many people as possible join us for the entertainment."

The virtual concert will begin at 7.00pm (GMT) on 7th August via the Band's YouTube and Facebook sites.

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