The National Youth Concert Band and National Children’s Concert Band are exciting and challenging groups for wind, brass and percussion players aged 11 to 18.
Unfortunately we had to postpone our 2020 Easter course due to the Covid-19 lockdown. However, we were determined to make the best of it and sent all our members a list of musical tasks they could participate in. Above is a video of the hit tune “Happy” by Pharrell Williams arranged for wind band by Michael Brown. 41 young musicians filmed and recorded themselves playing their parts before sending them into the NYCB team who edited them together into this wonderful video.
We also held a virtual solo and chamber music event on YouTube. Featuring two chamber ensembles and eight soloists, this was really well received and was a great performance opportunity for our young musicians.
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Who can join us?
If you’re aged 11-18 with grade 6 or above, we are the course for you! You can apply if you play any orchestral wind, brass or percussion instrument. A full list can be found on our FAQ page.
Auditions take place from late Autumn to early Spring and are all online to make them as accessible as possible! Videos will be watched by a specialist tutor and our Musical Director.
Once on the course, you’ll participate in intensive sectional rehearsals with a team of experienced and passionate tutors as well as full rehearsals in the whole band. Members can also get involved in a variety of creative workshops, masterclasses and performances including chamber music, jazz, composition and solo performance.
If this sounds like something you’d like to do, click here to apply!