University hosts young ‘top brass’

Friday 2 November 2012
The University of Salford will welcome some of the country’s brightest young musical talent tomorrow (Saturday 3 November) when it hosts the North West regional auditions for the country’s leading youth brass bands.

Fifty of the nation’s most accomplished brass players between the ages of eight and 18 will perform at the University’s historic Peel Hall, hoping to be chosen to join the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain (NYBBGB) and National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain (NCBBGB).

The University’s Music Directorate has developed strong links with the NYBBGB in particular, and the wider brass community in general, over many years. The band was directed and run for 17 years from 1984 by the late Dr Roy Newsome, a former member of University staff, and a number of current staff are also involved with the organisation.

Many NYBBGB members move on to Salford to study music, with the University enjoying a reputation as one of the leading institutions for brass band scholarship in the UK.

The University’s Head of Classical Performance, Dr Howard Evans, said: “We’re extremely proud to host the auditions for both bands every year. They offer the finest young brass players in the country a fabulous musical experience in their chosen field and many members go on to pursue accomplished careers as professional musicians.

“A perfect example of our long-standing relationship with the bands is Jessica Tredrea who, as a former member, is now in her final year at Salford. As a work placement student in our Arts Administration Office, she’s organised a team of student volunteers to help run the day alongside the performance team and Philip Biggs, Administrator of the National Youth Brass Band.”

Young musicians on the day have the chance to learn from the audition panel experts, who will give a brass masterclass, and a number of successful players will be chosen to join the youth or children’s bands.

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