NCBF Digital

In association with Trinity College London

  • UK-wide scheme
  • Submit a video of your band for a free assessment by an independent mentor
  • All levels of band welcome
  • Submit any time – no deadlines
  • Opportunity for you to take a snapshot of your rehearsal/performance
  • Perfect Post-Covid opportunity to rebuild your band with guidance and feedback
  • Flexi-bands welcome, including any ensemble from within the band (e.g. saxophone/percussion/brass/woodwind)
  • Your choice of repertoire – no restrictions
  • Use the recording as a focus point for your band

Please note this is NOT an adjudication to take part in a NCBF regional festival

Please refer to Video Filming Guidelines & Requirements

NCBF at Home

  • UK-wide scheme
  • Free workshop for your band led by an external specialist mentor
  • Takes place in your own rehearsal venue
  • Opportunity for external feedback, ideas & guidance
  • Your choice of repertoire – no restrictions
  • Create a focus for your band – encourage & give confidence to players
  • Explore new repertoire & techniques
  • Available throughout the year

NCBF Youth Ambassadors

  • UK-wide scheme
  • Creation of a youth platform to input new ideas and feedback into the development of NCBF activities
  • Regular meetings via ZOOM and a forum at the National Festival

More information on how to participate coming soon

NCBF Young Composers Scheme

In association with Universal Edition

  • UK-wide scheme
  • An opportunity for young composers (under the age of 30) to develop their skills writing for wind orchestra and big band
  • Mentoring provided from an established wind band & big band composer
  • Performance opportunities
  • Publishing opportunity via Universal Edition

More information on how to participate coming soon

For more information on ncbfExtra, please contact, Jayne Rollason, Partnership Coordinator on 07773 344131 or