Adjudicators announced for 2018 Youth Brass in Concert Championship


The organisers of the Brass in Concert Championship have announced the adjudicators for the inaugural Youth Brass in Concert Championship as the inimitable King of entertainment, Richard Evans and youth band aficionado, Helen Harrelson. The event will take place at the Sage, Gateshead on Saturday 17th November in association with Yamaha, Banks Group and British Bandsman, and in keeping with the format of the adult contest the following day, Richard will adjudicate the 'Quality of Performance' whilst Helen will judge the 'Entertainment & Presentation'.

Brass in Concert Chairman John Woods stated, "We're delighted to be able to reveal such high-quality judges for this new event, with the adjudication format following the same principles of the main Championship contest with 60% of the weighting applied to the quality of playing. The six youth bands will perform a 20-minute own-choice entertainment set largely mirroring the senior event on Sunday. The first prize is £1,000.”

Commenting on the esteemed adjudicators he continued, “Both Richard and Helen are vastly experienced professional musicians; Richard conducted nine winning performances at Brass in Concert, and Helen, not only having a wonderful playing CV on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, but also being one of the inspirational figures behind the successes of the Fountain City Youth Brass Bands. Helen has also recently received an award for her outstanding contribution to music education from the Kansas Bandmasters Association."

Competing bands:

Elland Silver Youth

Houghton Area Youth

Rochdale Borough Youth

Scottish Borders Youth

Wardle Academy Youth

Youth Brass 2000



Tickets for Youth Brass in Concert on Saturday 17th November are available from Sage Gateshead Ticket Office on 0191 443 4661 or online at priced £10.00 and £5 (concessions).

Tickets for World of Brass in Concert featuring Foden's and Matt Ford are £27.00, £18.00 and £10.00

Tickets for the Brass in Concert Championship on Sunday 18 November are £30.00, £22.00 and £12.00.

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