NYBBS prepare for Virtual Performance


Since the cancellation of the NYBBS course because of COVID-19, work has been going on behind the scenes by the Scottish Brass Band Association to create an exciting and memorable project. This has been made possible through funding from Creative Scotland's Youth Music Initiative  scheme.

116 members of the three bands of the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland will take part in a 'Virtual Performance' online 'grand finale' concert, scheduled for 8th August. It is hoped that the project will create an enjoyable programme of music linked by interviews and more informal chat.

The Children’s segment, featuring 35 young musicians will include 'Jim the Juiceman', written by Alan Fernie in honour of the man who brought fruit juice refreshments to the band at Strathallan, and 'The Girl Who Sat on the Hill', a traditional Norwegian tune arranged by Fredrick Schjelderup.

The 38 strong Reserve Band members will perform 'Starburst' by Dan Price and 'The Spirit Within' by Ben Hollings, while the 43 Senior Band members will play W. Hogarth Lear's 'Pell Mell' and 'Hine e Hine', the traditional Maori lullaby arranged by Peter Graham. The whole organisation will then join forces for a massed rendition of 'Slaidburn' by William Rimmer.

The individual parts have already been distributed and the youngsters are busy practising, before recording themselves in isolation. Professional TV and film editor Clyde Wallbanks will produce the concert video, to be broadcast on the SBBA YouTube channel.


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