Welcome to the new online home of Lions Youth Brass. This is the place to find all our news, concerts and events, lots of pictures and the occasional video of the bands.
If you’re looking for older content, the old site is still at www.lionsyouthbrass.co.uk for the time being. We’ll put any important stuff onto the new site before the old one is retired.
The youth band has been working hard on its programme for the upcoming European Youth Brass Bands Championship, which is now only 77 days away!
As well as our regular rehearsals, most weekends have included additional practise time, ensuring we bring “Sanctuary” up to contest standard at the same time as our Nationals programme and concert repertoire.
In January, members of Foden’s Band led sectional workshops. It’s great to have such a high profile band as neighbours and we’re grateful to the players for their time.
The Band of the King’s Division
Today we welcomed Major Stuart Halliday and players from The Band of the King’s Division to Sandbach. Another fantastic opportunity to work with professional musicians.
It was the first of five, yes FIVE, busking sessions the band will be doing and helped raise £358 to get the bank to Montreux, in Switzerland, for next year’s EuroBrass19 competition.
They will then find themselves at Morrisons in Nantwich on Sunday, December 16, for more Christmas carols before heading to Waitrose in Sandbach for the traditional busking slots on December 23 and Christmas Eve to raise funds for the band.
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On Sunday 2nd December, Lions Youth Brass will be hosting its 13th annual Slow Melody Competition.
This is a great chance for all members of Lions Youth Brass to showcase their skills. This year we welcome back Elizabeth Lawrence and Mareika Grey as our adjudicators with Fenella Haworth-Head as our piano accompanist. The last 12 years have been very successful with high participation from members and we’re hoping for the same again. Please see attached entry form with all details on.
Section times will be announced shortly after the closing date but will between 9.30am and 2pm.
This year we will be featuring a family section which will allow brothers and sisters to play together
Please print off and return the entry form and money to any of the committee on a Tuesday night with the closing date being the 20th November.
If you have any questions about the event please email Charlotte, our contest organiser, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Section 1: 8 years and under (Beginner Band)
Section 2: 9 years and over (Beginner Band)
Section 3: 11 years and under (Junior Band)
Section 4: 12 years over (Junior Band)
Section 5: 13 years and under (Youth Band)
Section 6: 14 and 15 years of age (Youth Band)
Section 7: 16 years and over (Youth Band)
Section 8: Group; 2 or more players (all bands)
Section 9: Family section; A chance for family members to play together (all bands)
Section 10: Open Section – Non-Brass instrument
Section 11: The Challenge (Youth Band – Any age)
Sections 1-9 & 11 – 1st Place Trophy and Certificate, 2nd Place Certificate, 3rd Place Certificate
and a Merit Certificate.
Section 10 – Best Beginner Band player, Best Junior Band player, Best Youth Band player
The contest is open to all members of Lions Youth Brass. The draw will be made in advance and all
players must report to Charlotte who will be sat in the foyer of the Maxwell Davies Centre on the
day. Please arrive no later than 10 minutes before the start of your section, even if you’re drawn
last. The first section is to start at 9.30 am and all competitors will be informed of their section
start time before the event (to be announced no later than 29th November). Results will be
announced and awarded at the end of each section.
Maximum performance time for all sections is approximately five minutes (not including warm-up
or tuning). Players will be allowed to warm up in the Rigby Block where the Junior Band rehearse.
Piano accompaniment or backing disc may be used which must be stated on the entry form. Fenella
Haworth-Head can accompany performances on piano for £5. Please hand in your entry form well
in advance to make sure Charlotte can arrange a rehearsal time on Sunday 18th November for
you. The player must leave their accompaniment with Fenella on the day of the rehearsal.
An unmarked copy of the chosen piece must be provided for the adjudicator on the day (A
photocopy is acceptable and copying facilities will be available on the day). Please do not hand
this in before the day. Each player will receive an adjudicators report.
No entry will be accepted without an entry fee. If paying by cheque, please make this payable to
Lions Youth Brass. You may hand your entry in on a Tuesday night no later than the 20th
November. If there are any problems or questions, please contact Charlotte, the contest
organiser, directly at email@example.com
The most important rule is to have fun! We all come to Lions because we love playing music,
this contest is about showing our friends, family and tutors what we can do whilst supporting our fellow players at the same time.