Youth Band perform at Lord Mayor’s Show in London

This Saturday, 14th November, the Wardle Academy Youth Band performed at the 800th Lord Mayor’s Show in London.

The annual event which takes over the streets of London features a parade of over 6,000 people, military marching bands, Chinese acrobats, a procession of decorated floats and a gilded State Coach that the Lord Mayor travels in.

The band were invited to perform at the Lord Mayor’s Show after impressing the organisers with a series of videos of them marching. The band performed five marches through the streets of London, including Slaidburn, The Standard of St. George and 1914. The band were seen on the televised set of the show on BBC1.

Mr Lee Rigg, conductor of the Youth Band said: “We had a fantastic time marching at the Lord Mayor’s Show, especially the moment we were cheered by our fantastic supporters. It was a very overwhelming experience that we will all never forget.”

The Lord Mayor’s show came just days after Lee was presented with the Mortimer Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians at the Merchant Taylor’s Hall, also in London. Lee received the award in recognition of his services for the teaching of young people in the brass band movement, through his inspirational work with Wardle Academy.

Tickets for Wardle Academy’s Christmas Musical Evening will go on sale on Monday 23rd November, tickets cost £5 for adults and £3 for children and are available to buy from school reception.