Wind Band Receive Platinum and Youth Band win at BIC Youth Championships

Wardle Wind Band Receive Platinum Award

Since its modest beginnings over 30 years ago the National Concert Band Festival has developed and grown in size and prestige until now it is recognised as the largest, most active, enterprising Festival for wind instrument musicians who play in wind bands or big bands throughout the UK.

Performances are assessed at Regional events throughout the country by experts who award Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze awards. The highest awards also carry an invitation to take part in the National Festival – two days of non-stop music making, which in recent years has been held at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester; the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow and The Sage Gateshead. Our Wind Band performed at the festival at the end of November and received the Platinum Award for their performance and have an invitation to attend the National Festival in April 2019.

 

Wardle Youth Band Win BIC Youth Championships

At the end of November our Youth Band competed in the first inaugural BIC youth championships usually known as ‘the Brass in Concert Youth Brass Band Championships held in the fantastic Sage concert hall Gateshead.

The competition was as usual fierce with Youth Brass 2000 current european advanced section champions 2018 and Elland youth band who have been unlucky to have come second to our Youth Band at every contest this year. Each band had to perform a 20 minute programme showing their musical skills plus add some entertainment in. As it was the 100th year of the end of World War One our Youth Band created a remembrance programme.

Using the music of Karl Kenkins the ‘Armed Man a mass for piece’ and ‘Flanders fields’ by Dan Price this was a moving performance including outstanding contributions from Year 11 student Adam who narrated the whole performance including the poem Flanders fields and Year 11 student Emily (principle cornet) who performed the Last Post in the middle section of the programme immaculately.

Our band were given 120 marks out of 120 in the playing, a first ever full mark score and was 3 points clear of second place Elland youth band. The whole event including our Youth Band’s performance has been professionally recorded for DVD and the band have had just short of 5000 views of their performance on social with rave reviews from all over the brass banding world. Well done to all students involved!

The Sage Concert Hall, Gateshead where our Youth Band performed.