NATIONAL YOUTH BRASS BAND OF WALES
“A Welsh ensemble that leads the world in young brass banding talent”
“NYBBW has helped to create some amazing players”
The British Bandsman
“The collective swell of pride and sheer joy obvious in performers and listeners alike…the future of Wales’ premier youth band is looking bright”
Brass Band World Magazine
The National Youth Brass Band of Wales, under its first musical director, and current president, Edward Gregson, was formed in 1982 by the Welsh Amateur Music Federation which, as Tŷ Cerdd, continued to provide administration and funding until 30th September 2017. The Brass Band is now one of the six national performing ensembles managed by National Youth Arts Wales.
Members of the National Youth Brass Band of Wales are drawn from all parts of Wales, and auditioned or re-auditioned annually. A large number of former members are now well known as soloists, conductors, or as performers with top British bands or orchestras.
Dates: 21st – 28th July 2019
Venue: Trinity St David University, Carmarthen
Conductor: Philip Harper
Following a very successful first year as NYBBW Conductor, Philip – conductor of the Number 1 Brass Band in the World – The Cory Band from the Rhondda returns to inspire and educate Wales’ future brass stars.
To top it off we have an excellent team of experienced tutors, some of whom are also alumni of NYBBW:
Cornets: Dewi Griffiths (Tredegar Band) & Anna Hughes Williams (Fodens Band)
Horns: Helen Williams (Cory Band)
Trombones: Simon Cowen (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
Euphonium & Baritones: Glyn Williams (Cory Band)
Tubas: Gavin Saynor (Black Dyke Band)
Percussion: Owen Gunnell (Head of Percussion, RWCMD)
Programme: “I’m delighted to have been invited back to work with the NYBBW again next year, which gives me a fantastic chance to build on what we started on this year’s course. For 2019 I have chosen two blockbusting major works, both of which aim to depict in music some of life’s most intriguing and spiritual mysteries. Half a century after it was composed, we will tackle Gilbert Vinter’s Spectrum – a vivid study in colours, from the warlike Red to the luscious Green and the autobiographical deathly Purple with many in between. I have also chosen Philip Sparke’s Music of the Spheres from 2004 – a tour-de-force depicting the stars and planets of the universe, with mystique, grandeur and Hollywood excitement in equal measure” Philip Harper