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REGIONAL FESTIVALS 21/22

BLOW AWAY THE COB WEBS
WIND BAND PLAYDAY
SAT 21ST AUGUST 2021 | 10am - 5pm

Wrekin College, Wellington, Telford, Shropshire

“blow away the cobwebs” in a one-day community band event on Saturday 21st August. Please join us for an opportunity for all to play some new British wind band music written over the last few years and get back into playing shape again.

Led by Duncan Stubbs OBE, with professional tutors to lead sectional rehearsals and be on hand throughout the day.

It's an ideal way to get back to playing, socialise and re-energise those musical batteries. Tickets are £20, and include refreshments.

To get the best out of the day, it is advisable to be of Grade 5 standard and above.

BACK IN THE GROOVE
BIG BAND PLAYDAY
SUN 22ND AUGUST 2021 | 10AM - 5PM

Warwick Hall, Warwick School, Warwick CV34 6PP

A Play Day for Big Band instrumentalists of all ages to play some recent new Big Band music and get their chops working again, ready for the new 2021-2022 season.

Led by jazz pianist, composer, educator and big band leader Nikki Iles, supported by NCBF’s Barrie Johnson and a team of professional tutors, there will be full band playing, sectional rehearsals and ‘how to improve at improvising’ sessions.

Depending how many sign up there could be one enormous big band or this could split into two bands based on experience and ability. To get the best out of the day, it is advisable to be of at least Grade 5 performance standard.

2021/22

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Bands enter into their local ncbf regional festival where they perform in front of their peers, parents, audience, and ncbf adjudicators who offer feedback based on the ncbf Award Criteria. Bands are not competing against each other but are critiqued against the various aspects of performance and are awarded a certificate signifying their success: Platinum, Gold Silver or Bronze. Read more about the ncbf festival here


Regional Festival 2021/22 Dates

NCBF FestivalsWind Band Slots
Remaining
Big Band Slots
Remaining
31st OCTOBER 2021
NEW VENUE

LONDON - Watford Grammar School for Boys, Watford

5incl. in Wind Band Slots
7th NOVEMBER 2021
NEW VENUE

BATH - Hayesfield Girls School

7incl. in Wind Band Slots
13th NOVEMBER 2021
NORTHERN IRELAND - Antrim Board Centre9incl. in Wind Band Slots
21st NOVEMBER 2021
OLDHAM - Newman College49
TELFORD - Haberdashers Abraham Darby Academy 7incl. in Wind Band Slots
28th NOVEMBER 2021
NOTTINGHAM - Nottingham High School57
23rd JANUARY 2022
SCOTLAND - Garnock Community College, Glengarnock10incl. in Wind Band Slots

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About NCBF

Since its modest beginnings over 30 years ago, NCBF - National Concert Band Festival has developed and grown in size and prestige until now it is recognised as the largest, most active, enterprising Festival for wind instrument musicians who play in wind bands or big bands throughout the UK.

The ncbf celebrates and promotes the music and activities of wind bands / jazz bands by holding regional festivals across the UK and a National Festival. The organisation aims to provide unique performing opportunities in a friendly, welcoming and musically enriching environment.

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