*
banner

National Youth rule change to keep one off experience

Brass Bands England has made a temporary rule change for its 2021 Championship event to ensure youngsters do not miss out on a last experience.

Youth
  The temporary amendment will give player another chance to enjoy the competition

Brass Bands England (BBE) has announced a temporary rule change to cover the 2021 National Youth Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.

In light of the cancellation of the 2020 event due to the COVID-19 pandemic, BBE has listened to requests that players who missed out on what would have been their final appearance at the event this year can still have the opportunity to participate in 2021.

Consideration

After careful consideration given the exceptional circumstances it has been agreed that bands that entered the 2020 Championship Section would be allowed to use players up to the age of 19 at the 2021 competition, subject to the following conditions:

1. Bands entered in the 2020 Championship Section must provide the names and dates of births of the players concerned by 30th June 2020. This can be done by emailing an appropriate list to alex@bbe.org.uk (all information will be stored in accordance with BBE's GDPR policy).

2. Only these players will be covered by the temporary exemption.

3. This will apply for one year only and will be dependent on the 2021 Championships running as planned.

4. In order to maintain the competition's ethos, these players must not play a prominent role in the performance.

Discretion

This will be at the discretion of the contest manager and any questions on what this entails should be checked in advance of the contest. In general, this means not playing in principal seats and not playing solo lines where there is the opportunity for a younger player to play the line.

Speaking about the change, BBE's Partnership & Development Manager, Alex Parker told 4BR: "A major part of our thinking in redesigning the format of the Youth Championships for 2019 was to maximise opportunities for as many young players as possible.

The lowering of the maximum age to 18 was perhaps the most obvious aspect of this, meaning that the 'importing' of players, possibly at conservatoire level, for competitions only, thus depriving regular soloists of the opportunity to shine on the National stage, could no longer happen."

We would like those who contacted us over this important issue and reiterate that we are very happy to consider any constructive suggestions that any stakeholders may have in the futureAlex Parker

Not disadvantaged

He added: "Given the current situation, we would like to make sure that no one from the following year group is similarly disadvantaged and request that, where possible, the players involved do not play a prominent role in bands' performances.

Alex Parker concluded: "We understand there may be some players in other sections who will have been affected by this year's cancellation, but they will obviously still have the opportunity to compete next year and beyond in the category appropriate to their age.

We would like those who contacted us over this important issue and reiterate that we are very happy to consider any constructive suggestions that any stakeholders may have in the future."

Further information:

Any further enquiries concerning these issues can be addressed to Alex at: alex@bbe.org.uk

Become a supporter and help make our future secure.

4barsrest continues to be a proudly independent voice. There are no paywalls to overcome to be able to enjoy what we do to keep our journalism at the heart of the brass banding world. Support us with a one-off donation or subscribe from just £2.50 per month.

Support us    


Mod For

Free and fit mind support for children from Mode for...

January 16 • Tabby Kerwin has provided a fantastic free resource to help families during these challenging educational times.


St Dennis

New trombone addition to St Dennis ranks

January 16 • The experienced Dylan Brewer takes the solo trombone seat at St Dennis Band to extend a family link stretching back a century.


pAUL wILLIAMS

New Year honours and anticipation for Lewis Merthyr

January 16 • Welsh band pays tribute to stalwart player as they look forward to exciting developments in 2021.


Black Dyke

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...

January 15 • Despite the restrictions and the weather there is still a little bit of fun to be had if you want to play together..


Black Dyke Band - Brighouse & Rastrick, Huddersfield Town Hall

Saturday 27 March • Corporation St, Huddersfield HD1 2TA


Contest: 100thSpring Festival

Saturday 8 May • 97 Church St, Blackpool, FY1 1HL


Contest: Whit Friday March Contests

Friday 28 May • Saddleworth & Tameside OL3


Contest: 168th British Open

Saturday 11 September • Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham. B1 2EA


Contest: Lower Section National Finals

Saturday 18 September • The Centaur, Cheltenham Race Course, Prestbury, Cheltenham GL40 4SH


Foss Dyke Band

January 1 • Front Row Cornet vacancy still up for grabs. Come and join Foss and enjoy our newly refurbished band room with newly appointed MD David Dernley. Foss Dyke are a 1st Section Band with a moderate contest and concert schedule.


Brett Baker

BSc (Hons), ARCM, PG Dip
Rath clinician, conductor, teacher, adjudicator, editor


               

 © 2021 4barsrest.com Ltd