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UniBrass announce 2021 contest

Press Release: Tuesday 1 June

Save the date! The UniBrass Foundation is delighted to announce that the 2021 UniBrass Contest will take place on Saturday 26th June at the University of Sheffield.

It will be a year of firsts for UniBrass. Rescheduled from February, the reformatted June event will be the first to be held outdoors - at the University of Sheffield’s Students’ Union Concourse. It will also be the first hybrid contest, with both live and virtual entries, split across the two sections.

University bands from across the UK will compete in the entertainment contest in a bid to be named 2021 champions, with some bands travelling to Sheffield to compete in person and others submitting independently verified recorded performances, to allow for maximum participation following Covid restrictions.

The contest will be free and un-ticketed for audiences, and will be live streamed as in previous years, to allow as many people as possible to enjoy this fantastic day of music making, described as ‘the most innovative thing to happen to banding in 100 years’.

Voirrey Baker, Chair of the Organising Committee for 2021, said: “After what has probably been the toughest year for brass bands and university students, we are delighted to finally present the 2021 UniBrass contest at the end of June, giving bands and audiences alike an exciting event to look forward to after so long without! Nothing can quite match the thrill of real-life competition, so we are pleased to welcome live performances from bands both in-person and virtually (pre-recorded in one take).”

Registration for bands has recently closed. Order of play, our adjudicators, and more information for participants and audience members will be announced very soon. Keep an eye on UniBrass’ social media (@UniBrass) for all contest updates.

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