The Gloucestershire Youth Brass Band (GYBB) played the 2016 second section test piece 'The Journal of Phileas Fogg' at the Cheltenham Town Hall for a chance to perform at the Music For Youth Festival 2020. Their rendition received great acclaim from the adjudicator, who enjoyed the band's "expressive colour pallette" and "storytelling panache!"
In January 2020, the GYBB had a weekend course with under the direction of Alan Fernie, which culminated in a concert that was great practice for the band with a live audience. In March, GYBB performed The Journal of Phileas Fogg at Cheltenham, which was recorded and submitted as an entry for a spot in the Music For Youth Festival 2020.
Paul McGlaughlin, conductor, said of the weekend: "I was incredibly impressed with the way you [GYBB] all stepped up to the mark on the day, despite limited rehearsal and very proud of the performance you gave. Thank you for taking on board all that was said both at Alan Fernie's sessions and in our short time together. I think the fact that we can pull off a performance of this stature in a short period of time suggests that we have much to offer the Gloucestershire music world."
Due to the Coronovirus restrictions, the national event in Birmingham is not going ahead this year. But GYBB will be back again next year to continue to represent the brass talent of Gloucestershire!
Paul adds: "Stay safe during this strange time, but keep practicing. I'll be back in touch soon about future plans. Thanks again and very well done."