On Sunday 2nd April, Wardle Academy’s Youth Band, Junior Band and ‘Junior Blast’ Band, which includes students from Wardle Academy and local primary schools in the Rochdale community, took part in the National Youth Brass Band Championships of Great Britain at Salford University. This prestigious event is the biggest youth brass competition in the UK and sees the highest calibre of youth brass talent competing to be crowned National Champions.
Wardle Academy entered three bands into the competition at different levels; Wardle Junior Blast, which comprises of 40 students aged between 7 and 11, Wardle Junior Band which includes 52 students aged between 11 and 16, and Wardle Youth Band, which is the most senior band entered and comprises of students and ex-students aged from 11 to 18.
The competition was fierce and there were some fabulous performances across all three competition sections. However, despite the competition, Wardle Academy won all three competition entries!
Wardle Junior Blast – National Youth Beginner Section Champions.
Wardle Junior Band – National Youth Junior Section Champions.
Wardle Youth Band – National Youth Intermediate Section Champions.
Below is a clip from the Youth Band’s performance of ‘Rhapsody for Euphonium’ featuring Amelia M on Euphonium.
Wardle Academy’s Youth Band, who were already crowned National Youth Entertainment Champions of Great Britain in February this year, will also represent England at the European Youth Brass Band Championships in the Netherlands in May 2018.
Head of Music at Wardle Academy, Mrs Julie Morris said:
“This is an incredible achievement to not just win one section but three, gaining three National titles in one day! We are incredibly proud to have so much talent in one school and within our feeder primary schools. Special thanks to the hard work of all those involved, especially Lee Rigg, who conducted all three bands on the day, Jane Conway and Gwen Smith who also tutor many of the pupils involved and to the parents who continue to support us.”
Huge congratulations to all the students and the performing arts team. This incredible achievement is a credit to the hard work and dedication of everyone who works so hard within this department. We will be cheering them on when they compete in the European Championships in May 2018.