Wardle Academy Youth Band, Wardle Academy Junior Band and Wardle Junior Blast Retain Their National Champion Titles
Wardle Academy is well known for its success in music, in particular, the achievements of its bands and this year is no different. On Sunday 22nd April 2018, Wardle Academy Youth Band, Wardle Academy Junior Band and Wardle Junior Blast all competed in the National Youth Band Championships, which this year were held in Warwick.
The first band to perform was Wardle Academy Youth Band, competing in the intermediate section with fifteen other bands. Despite the increased competition, the band performed brilliantly from start to finish with fantastic contributions from former student Emma (soloist) and Year 10 student Emily (principle cornet). Adjudicators: Sandy Smith and Alan Morrison said:
“The standard had been incredibly high but the winners were unanimous between them both.”
Wardle Academy’s Youth Band waited anxiously before receiving the news that they had come first and were National Champions for a second year in a row. With this win the Youth Band will now represent England at the 2019 European Youth Band Championships in Montreux Switzerland.
The next band to perform was Wardle Academy’s Junior Band in the junior section along with twelve other bands. The Junior Band played a demanding programme, which included ‘The Old 100th’, and they finished with an eight-minute test piece.
The Junior Band had a long wait before it was announced that they too had come first. What a fantastic achievement again, double national champions.
The final band of the day was Wardle’s Junior Blast which includes forty students from our feeder primary schools. The Junior Blast is Wardle’s youngest band and they were hoping to win ‘Band of the Day’ for a fourth year in a row.
Playing the entire programme from memory, the band played with so much enthusiasm and commitment it would have been hard for any of the other bands to beat them. It was announced that ‘The band of the Day’ was Wardle’s Junior Blast. They have come first at the National Youth Band Championships for four consecutive years.
The bands are continuing to work hard and build on their already impressive success this year. The Youth band are already rehearsing and preparing for the European Youth Brass Band Championships in Utrecht, Holland in a couple of weeks time.
Wardle Academy are extremely proud of all three bands. These outstanding achievements are a credit to the dedication of the young musicians who work so hard and to their musical tutors who give up their time to facilitate these opportunities for success.