Tŷ Cerdd in association with Brass Bands Wales invites applications for
European Youth Brass Band Competition 2024
Palangosks Koncertu, Palanga, Lithuania on Sunday 5 May 2024
as part of the European Brass Band Championships 2024
Each EBBA member country is invited to nominate TWO youth bands every year to participate in the contest, one for each section of the event. The competition has two sections, the Premier and Development sections. There is no fee for entering the competition and qualifying bands can expect to have to submit their programme by March 2024. The set pieces for each section will be announced by EBBA in due course, likely to be no later than 1 December 2023.
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.
Adjudication in Palanga
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 bands' performances based on:
1. The musical excellence of the performance
2. The quality and balance of the programme played
The entertainment value to the audience of the performance of the music
Premier Section (aged 22 years or under on 1 January 2024)
Qualification for this section will be through the National Eisteddfod of Wales at the Youth Section in August 2023.
This section is for senior youth brass bands. Players should be aged 22 years or under on 1 January 2024. Programme is own-choice, with a maximum of 25 minutes' playing time, to include a short set piece (approx. 10-12 minutes' duration) plus an item featuring a soloist from the band (there will be a prize for the best soloist in the Premier Section).
Development Section (aged 18 years or under on 1 January 2024)
Qualification for this section will be through application to Tŷ Cerdd and Bandiau Pres Cymru/Brass Bands Wales through this link (see below for full details of required application information). The assessment panel making the nomination will be Andrew Jones (BPC/BBW), Graham Howe (Welsh EBBA representative) and Deborah Keyser (Tŷ Cerdd).
This section is for younger youth bands. Players should be aged 18 years or under on 1 January 2024. Programme is own-choice, with a maximum of 20 minutes' playing time, to include a short set piece (approx. 6-8 minutes' duration) plus an item featuring a soloist from the band (there will be a prize for the best soloist in the Development Section).
To make an applications for European Youth Brass Band Competition 2024:
Development Section – 18 or under
Upload the following information to our portal:
1. Band details
Name of band; age-range; main contact; address; phone; email
2. Track record / quality
What do you consider to be the band’s key achievements to date?
3. Aspiration / benefit
Why does the band wish to take part in EYBBC? What would you see as the benefits for the band and the young people taking part?
Taking part in EYBBC is costly, and we need assurance that you have considered how you will cover the costs. Please provide a succinct budget, together with details of how you propose to fund the activity.
5. Video recording
Link to a video recording of the band made in the last 12 months - up to 20 minutes' duration
Deadline: 1700 on Monday 24 July 2023
Decision announced: Monday 7 August 2023
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