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Scottish Open, Youth and Shield Championships

Published on 24 May, 2011 at 12:05

Scottish Open Championships
Perth Concert Hall
Saturday 26th November
commencing 1.30 p.m

17 Bands play test piece 'Music for Battle Creek' by Philip Sparke

Adjudicators: Dr Robert Childs, John Wallace & Philip Sparke

Scottish Youth Brass Band Championships

Perth Concert Hall
Saturday & Sunday 26 and 27 November

Commencing at 9.00 a.m on Saturday 26 with the Development & Senior Sections
Commencing at 9.30 a.m. on Sunday 27 Preparatory, Novice and Premier Sections

Adjudicators: Dr Robert Childs, David Childs, John Wallace
Philip Sparke & Ian Porthouse
Closing date for entries 1st September

Scottish Challenge Shield
Bonnar Hall, University of Dundee
Saturday 3 December
for bands in Sections 1,2,3,&4

16 bands play own choice test piece music

Adjudicators: Richard Evans, Philip Harper and Sandy Smith

Commence 9.30 a.m.


Scottish Brass Band Festival expands its horizons

With the ever increasing number of youth brass bands in Scotland, the unprecedented demand for places at the Scottish Youth Brass Band Championships has resulted in a major expansion of the Scottish Brass Band Association's flagship Scottish Brass Band Festival. Over 45 youth bands have expressed an interest in entering the 2011 event, some 15 bands more than took part in 2010. In order to meet the expected demand, the weekend of 26 and 27 November at the Perth Concert Hall will be given over to the Youth and Open Championships, with the Scottish Challenge Shield competition for bands in sections 1 to 4 taking place the following weekend on 3 December at the Bonar Hall, University of Dundee.

As SBBA President George Burt explains "We are facing an unprecedented logistical issue in having to cope with a record growth in the number of our youth bands. This is a good problem to have, being a measure of the continuing success of SBBA's development strategy, supported since 2007 by the Scottish Government's Youth Music Initiative. SBBA Youth Development Officer Alan Edmond, John Gilmour and members of our Education and Youth Committee have worked very hard to find a solution to a difficult problem that minimises inconvenience to bands in the Youth Championships and Scottish Shield. As a temporary measure, the Scottish Challenge Shield will be moved to Dundee for one year only."

The Scottish Youth Brass Band Championships will now also comprise five rather than four sections. A new Preparatory Section for bands with members aged 12 and under on 1 January 2011 is to be added to the existing Novice, Development, Senior and Premier categories. With audience numbers expected to exceed the 1000 witnessed at times during last year's event, the Senior and Development sections will be held on the morning of Saturday 26 November, with the remaining sections competing throughout Sunday 27 November.

The adjudicating panel for both the Youth and Open competitions comprises five musicians of the highest pedigree: Dr. Robert Childs (Musical Director of the Cory Band and Head of Brass Band Studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama), his son, the euphonium virtuoso David Childs, Ian Porthouse (Musical Director of the Tredegar Town and Birmingham Conservatoire brass bands), composer Philip Sparke and John Wallace (Principal of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama). As at last year's festival, all adjudication will be taking place in the open with judgements being made independently.

The growth in the number of youth bands is such that SBBA can look forward to an Youth Championships entry exceeding 50 in 2012, as George Burt concluded: "Starting next year, we plan to hold the Youth Championships as a weekend event over two days. The Scottish Open and Scottish Shield will then revert to a one day event on a separate date. This is indicative of a major transformation in the Scottish brass band community since 2005, when the Youth Championships took place in a morning with 8 bands, as a sideshow to the Open and Shield."

The highly competitive Scottish Open Championship 2011 will begin at 1.30pm on 26 November. An impressive 17 band field of top Scottish and other UK championship bands will be tested on Philip Sparke's Music for Battle Creek. The composer will also be one of the adjudication panel. He will be joined by John Wallace and Robert Childs.

The temporarily relocated Scottish Challenge Shield 2011 will begin at 9.30 am on Saturday 3 December. Invitations have been sent out to 16 Scottish bands, four from each of sections 1,2,3, and 4 to compete in the Scottish Challenge Shield. As in previous years, each band is invited to choose its own test piece. There are prizes for individual sections, as well as overall cash prizes. This event will also be judged in the open, although the three adjudicators have still to be confirmed.

The draw for order of play for all competitions will take place will also take place on 22 October during the SBBA Annual Conference/AGM.


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