For the sixtieth year, the 60 young musicians of the Cornwall Youth Brass Band will spend four days of their Christmas holidays, from 27 to 30 December, rehearsing and studying under the baton of guest conductor Michael Fowles, Musical Director of the famous Foden's Band. The guest soloist for the course is also from Foden’s, principal euphonium David Thornton.
Aged between 10 and 21, all the musicians also play with a local brass band and devote many extra hours to their membership in the Cornwall Youth Brass Band. They rehearse monthly with a team of local conductors and tutors in preparation for twice-yearly residential courses, held at Truro High School for Girls.
The Cornwall Youth Brass Band was founded in 1955 and numbered many players among its ranks who have gone on to be well-known musicians and composers. One present member, 19-year-old Daniel Hall, has recently been appointed Young Composer-in-Residence by the famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band.
At the end of the course, the band will give a Gala Concert at St. Michael’s Church in Newquay, Wednesday 30 December, 7:00 PM.
The band will also be repeating its successful Open Rehearsal and Audition afternoon at 2:00 PM on Sunday 28 December. This gives young musicians interested in joining the band an opportunity to observe the band in action and to talk to the local team of conductors and tutors about the simple procedure required to join the band.
Full details of all the events can be found on the band’s web site, www.cybb.co.uk.
Submitted by Phillip Hunt, Secretary, Cornwall Youth Brass Band