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Young Brass Awards 2020

BrassPass is Delighted to Launch the 2020  Young Brass Awards.

The 2020 Young Brass Awards will be the biggest and best in the history of the competition. Now extended to three categories, the awards celebrate the very best of our fabulous youth players. The categories now include under 13s, 13-15, and 16-21. To qualify for each category, on the date of the finals, which is 23rd May 2020, you must be in the following age groups:

Under 13s – you mustn’t have reached your 13th birthday by 23rd May 2020

13-15s – you must be minimum age 13 and not reached your 16th birthday by 23rd May 2020

16-21 – you must be minimum 16 yrs old and not reached your 22nd birthday by 23rd May 2020.

To Enter: simply send us a video of you playing your chosen instrument. Entries are allowed for any brass instrument in the brass band, with the addition of trumpet, piccolo trumpet, french horn, mellophonium and sousaphone. Your video should be no more than 5 minutes long. Your video should be sent to and your covering e mail should include your name, age, telephone number (of parent or guardian if you are under 16) and e mail address. If under 16, the e mail should come from your parent or guardian giving parental permission to enter the competition. From the videos received we shall select eight semi finalists in each category. If your video is high resolution or too large to send by e mail, please send by wetransfer.

GDPR: for GDPR purposes, videos received shall only be viewed by our judging panel and personal information only used to contact entrants to inform them if they have progressed to the semi finals or not. At the end of the judging process, all videos will be destroyed and no personal information kept.

Closing Date: we must receive your video no later than 5pm 31st January 2020. Entries received after this date will not be entered into the competition.

Semi Final: The semi final will be held at the end March 2020 (venue and date tbc). The semi finalists will be invited to play a piece or pieces maximum 10 minutes long, with piano accompaniment. There will be 8 semi-finalists in each category. Each semi finalist will be expected to bring their own accompanist. The semi finals will be filmed for and entrants give their permission to be filmed. From the semi finals, four finalists will be chosen for each category.

The Final: Finals will be held at The Albert Halls, Bolton on May 23rd 2020. Finalists will be accompanied by one of the top local brass bands in the area, and will be invited to play a piece or pieces maximum 10 minutes long. Rehearsal time with the band will be available on Friday evening 22nd May and on the Saturday morning of the competition.

The Prizes: Each category winner will receive a very special trophy to keep forever and will also be given a soloist spot with one of the UK’s top brass bands at one of their scheduled concerts. Incredible exposure and publicity!

So, what are you waiting for?!! To enter one of the most prestigious brass competitions in the world, send your entries to

Good luck to everyone!!





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