European Youth Brass Band Competition
(EYBBC)
Malm
ö, 2023

Tŷ Cerdd in association with Bandiau Pres Cymru | Brass Bands Wales invites applications for European Youth Brass Band Competition 2023 at Malmö Live Concert AB, Sweden on Sunday 7 May 2023 as part of the European Brass Band Championships 2023.

Following on from this year’s excellent performance by South Wales Youth Brass Band at the European Brass Band Championships at Symphony Hall in Birmingham, Wales will once again be looking for Youth bands to participate in the Development and Premier Sections for the Youth Championships (EYBBC).

 

In the absence of a National Welsh Youth brass band competition to assess eligibility and standard of playing to qualify for this event. The 2022 representatives were chosen by a panel of experts, assembled by Tŷ Cerdd, where bands interested in competing were asked to write a letter of application to include a resume detailing recent achievements and activities, and a budget forecast for attending the event (to ensure that successful bands were in a position to be able to attend, if selected).

 

With time, costs and logistics being critical to allow bands to make plans and raise the necessary finances to attend the 2023 event, this application process will be used once again, in order to give bands, the very best opportunity to make such a trip viable.

Each EBBA member country is invited to nominate TWO youth bands to participate in the contest, one for each section of the event.


The competition has two sections, the Premier and Development sections. There will be no fee for entering the competition and bands can expect to have to submit their programme by March 2023. The set pieces for each section will be announced by EBBA in due course, likely to be no later than 1 December 2022.

Bands participating in the contest may be established youth bands, school bands, regional bands, national bands or “project bands” made up of an amalgam of players selected to form a band to play in the contest. However, as each band will be representing their country, all players in each band MUST consist of players who are only from that country.

All youth brass bands must be made up of standard British brass band in terms of instrumentation. Bands may play a maximum of 50 players, including percussion.

Premier Section

This section is for senior youth brass bands. Players should be aged 22 years or under on 1st January 2023. Play an own choice programme of 20 minutes a maximum playing time, which will include a short set piece (approx. 10-12 minutes duration) and include an item featuring a soloist from the band (there will be a prize for the best soloist in the Premier Section.)

Development Section

This section is for younger youth bands. Players should be aged 18 years or under on 1st January 2023.  Play an own choice programme of 20 minutes maximum playing time, which will include a short set piece (approx. 6-8 minutes duration) and include an item featuring a soloist from the band (there will be a prize for the best soloist in the Development Section).

Adjudication

There will be two adjudicators who will be in the open and therefore able to see the bands performances. Adjudicators will make written remarks on each performance.

The two adjudicators will take into account the following aspects of the band’s performances based on:
 

  1. The musical excellence of the performance

  2. The quality and balance of the programme played.

  3. The entertainment value to the audience of the performance of the music.

The deadline for applications is 10:00, Wednesday 13 July and the Assessment Panel nominations will be announced on Wednesday 20 July.