The Music Department have been extremely busy over the last few weeks with several groups taking part in various events.
Rochdale Youth Festival
Our feeder primary school bands took part in the Rochdale Youth Festival of Performing Arts on Tuesday 5th March. Each band performed their own entertainment programme to a very high standard with the two top trophies being awarded to Smithy Bridge 1st and Littleborough 2nd (Brass band section) and Littleborough 1st Smithy Bridge 2nd Ensemble section. Other groups that performed are Kentmere, St Andrews, St James and Holy Trinity.
The Wardle Academy Show Band also took part in the Rochdale Youth Festival of Performing Arts on the same night. The band were awarded 93 marks and received an HONOURS certificate. Feedback from the adjudicators Gavin Holden & Adam Bokaras read ‘Great performance & thoroughly brilliant playing’ ‘Super exciting sounds’. The Show Band are made up of players from school years 7 – 11.
The Junior Band also took part in the Festival on Tuesday Evening entertaining the audience with their circus theme. They received a Highly Commended Certificate and received 89 points. Feedback from the adjudicators ‘Great Performance’.
Other performances have included; Brass & Woodwind Solo’s & Recorder Groups, Folk Group, Guitar Group.
Other Band News
We have seen the formation of Mr McCulloch’s new Percussion Ensemble which takes place on Wednesday evenings after school. There are currently six members who are working extremely hard and looking forward to performing at concerts and competing in the very near future.
On the 9th February the Junior Band took part in the newly formed Halifax Youth Brass Festival. This was a great opportunity for our younger band members to experience performing at Halifax Minster. Other bands that took part were Elland Youth, Red Admiral & Huddersfield Youth Bands.
On 16th February ‘Emma Rigby’ former Wardle Academy pupil and band member married Captain Rory Smee of the Royal Welsh Guards Regiment. Several band members played at the ceremony and the guests were astonished by their performance.
On 24th February several of our brass students took part in the North West Area Brass Band Championships – Championship Section with Wardle Anderson Brass. They were placed 5th out of 12 bands. This was a very high level of playing and was like winning the FA Cup!
The Youth/Intermediate Band, Wind Band and Junior Band are currenlty working towards performing at the Music for Youth (Wardle) Festival to qualify for a place at Birmingham in July. This event takes place on Sunday 31st March in school from 9.30am until 5.30pm – entry is free of charge. If you could help out on the day please contact a member of the Performing Arts Team.
On Saturday 30th March the Intermediate Band will be taking part in the National Youth Brass Band Championships at Warwick University. This competition see’s some of the countries finest youth bands competing. The Intermediate Band are current National Champions.
On 26th April the Youth Band are travelling to Montreaux to take part in the European Youth Brass Band Championships. They are the current European Champions and will hopefully bring home the trophy again! Other countries taking part are from Norway, Lithuania, England and Switzerland.
There are currently 42 students that will be taking their ABRSM and Trinity Music exams on 25th & 29th March. We wish them the best of luck in this.