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The Battle of the Batons is coming to Evesham

Evesham Editorial 24th Jan, 2022

The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain presents its first international young conductors competition

NYBBGB: The Battle of the Batons! The Weston Conductors Competition

When: Saturday January 29th 2022

Where: Four Pools Road, Evesham, WR11 1DQ 

Cost: £5.00

Battle of the batons: Who will win? The final of the Weston Conductors’ Competition will decide.

From 28 international entrants, six talented finalists have been chosen to compete in the first NYBBGB Weston Conductors Competition, on 29th January at De Montfort School in Evesham, Worcestershire.

The winner will be tutored by Martyn Brabbins and work alongside him as an Associate Conductor, a unique opportunity to nurture and refine their conducting talent.

For any music fan, this will be a must-attend event, witnessing the six finalists working with a live band made up of members of the NYBBGB and being assessed by Martyn Brabbins, Dr Robert Childs and Captain Sam Hairsine RM.

Tickets for the event are still available and can be purchased via

Martyn Brabbins, Competition Judge and 2022 Guest Conductor:

“The prospect of encountering a new generation of conductors is always exciting. The NYBBGB Weston conducting competition has attracted a plethora of conducting talent, and I look forward to engaging with the six finalists in January. My aim is to create a collaborative and creative atmosphere in order that all involved have a positive musical experience.”

The initial repertoire will consist of three marches: Mephistopheles, Knight Templar, and The Cossack. Three finalists will then be selected to rehearse one of the following three concert works: Resurgam – Eric Ball, Music for a Festival – Phillip Sparke and Shine as the Light – Peter Graham.

The full biographies of the six finalists can be found here and for any further information about the event please contact Mark Bromley via


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