Updated: Aug 25, 2020
Luke of the Flowers Band enjoyed the NYBBGB home (virtual) course thanks to GBBA support. Watch the performance here!
Eighteen year old cornet player Luke Barker is a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain (NYBBGB) and was appointed assistant principal of the band during this summer’s virtual course. For this course, GBBA supported Luke through a bursary that aims to encourage youth music.
Luke began his playing with Shipston Town Band at the age of 7 and is now a member of the Flowers Band from Gloucester. Within the current Covid-19 situation the planned course was not possible but the NYBBGB team worked hard to ensure the musical enrichment could continue, providing a first class experience including sectional and full band performances and masterclasses with renowned artists such as David Childs (the soloist for the course) and Philip Cobb (a former principal of the band).
Youth members submitted recordings of themselves playing the course’s repertoire, which will be put together to form a ‘distancing banding video’. The concert will be aired on Friday 7th August at 7pm on the NYBBGB Facebook page and YouTube channel. The concert will include the premiere of Bramwell Tovey’s ‘Madrigali’, which was specially written for this virtual performance, and performances from David Childs on euphonium. The virtual concert will also feature the National Children’s Band of Great Britain, conducted by Professor Nicholas Childs.
Flowers said of the concert: "Luke Barker and the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain performed their first ever virtual concert. Eight of Flowers Band's current members are alumni of the NYBBGB and we appreciate the experience it gives to each one of the players that get the opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful organisation."
For the first time in NYBBGB history, the concert will be held online. This does mean it will be freely available for anyone with access to the internet to watch. So please show your support for these talented young musicians and watch the performance here.
For more information about the virtual course and concert, please visit www.nybbgb.com/travel-disruptions.html.