UniBrass 2021: Final Details


UniBrass 2021 will be held at Sheffield University on Saturday 26th June. There are 11 bands competing in UniBrass 2021 across two sections: live and virtual. This is the first hybrid event of its kind for the brass band movement. Virtual Band entries have been recorded in advance, in one take - verified on a video call with a member of the committee. These will be adjudicated in advance, but results given during the results ceremony. Live bands will compete as normal.

This year’s adjudicators are Adam Cooke and Alexandra Kenyon. Alexandra Kenyon was the first female player in the James Shepherd Versatile Brass, and has won multiple solo prizes, recorded two solo albums and played Soprano, Flugel, Solo Horn and assistant principal cornet with Black Dyke and Tubular Brass. Alexandra also has over 25 years teaching experience, conducting youth bands and leading youth music workshops. Adam Cooke is the current Musical Director of the Fairey Band, and has previously served as the Resident Conductor with Stavanger Brass Band, and Musical Director of the GUS Band. Adam also conducted the winning band (Brass United) at the first ever UniBrass, back in 2011.

The contest starts at 11am and will end around 6pm. The Sheffield Students’ Union building is situated just off the A57, on Western Bank (S10 2TG).There is car parking nearby at Q-Park Durham Road (S10 2JA) and the area is very accessible via bus (120, 51, 52, 52A) and tram (Yellow line - University Tram Stop). The draw (with approximate timings) is as follows:


11:00 Huddersfield

11:45 Leeds

12:30 Warwick

13:15 York

14:00 Nottingham

14:25 Virtual Bands

Lunch Break

15:20 Sheffield

16:05 Cambridge

16:50 Durham

17:30 Results

A spokesperson for the event explained the practicalitites: “This year's live contest is free to attend and not ticketed. We anticipate we'll have enough space for everyone but we cannot guarantee this. Audience members will also have to go through the screening process on arrival, so we recommend arriving a little earlier than the band you want to see. The contest will be live streamed into the Students' Union Bar, so you're also welcome to sit in there. If a queue develops for the outdoor audience area we may ask people to move inside after three bands to allow maximum participation.

“We want to make sure everyone has an enjoyable and safe experience at UniBrass, so we have some Covid protocols in place we'll need everyone to follow, participants and audience.

Key things to note are:

● Social distancing must be maintained

● Face coverings are mandatory indoors and during the arrival screening

● Lateral Flow Testing is required. You should take two tests in the week prior to the contest, and evidence of a negative test within 48 hours of the contest will be required for admittance. We will not be able to test on site.

● Track and trace will be in place

● Please don't move any furniture, it's been laid out for safe distancing

"We recommend everyone planning to attend the contest (participants, audience, volunteers, or staff) read our full Covid protocol on our website.

“If you can’t make it to Sheffield you can still enjoy a great day of brass band music making on our live stream. The live stream will be provided by BrassPass TV at £2 for the full day. You can watch the live stream here: https://brasspass.inplayer.com/item.html?id=357090

"If you have any questions, get in touch with UniBrass on any social media platform using @UniBrass.”


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