The new school term at Wardle Academy started with a bang with our award winning school Youth Band hosting the Manger Folkehøgskule Brass Band group on part of their tour from Norway. Manger Folkeøgskule is a secular school with humanistic ideals such as respect for life, consideration for others and responsibility for freedom and justice. The school’s Brass Band group is currently on tour in the North of England and Wardle Academy was proud to work with the band for a day.
The band worked alongside our Youth Band students from Years 7 – 10 for a day on a selection of pieces. The bands rehearsed in sectionals throughout the day and then as the whole band in the afternoon before performing the set to 80 primary school children from some of the local primary schools in the area.
This is the fourth year that the Manger Folkeøgskule Brass Band group has organised a concert tour in Yorkshire and Lancashire and the first time the group have visited Wardle Academy. The tour consists of the group attending concerts, schools and of course doing a bit of sightseeing. They attend rehearsals with the best Brass Bands in Britain, generally soaking up the British Brass Band movement in all its glory.
Wardle Academy’s musical director, Mrs Julie Morris, said “This has been a fantastic playing experience for our students who have thoroughly enjoyed working alongside the Norwegian band. The day has been a huge success and we are looking at planning a return visit to Norway in the near future”.