News of the bands and events 2016
March 2016

The Youth Band took part in the Music For Youth Regional Festival in the wonderful setting of Rochdale Town Hall.
Their chosen programme was The Prayer, a beautiful, evocative piece which featured 12 year old Nadia on cornet and the well known Irish piece -Riverdance. The programme was very well received by the large, appreciative audience and Music Mentors. Click on the picture to enlarge.
In March 1995, the United Norwest Co-operative Youth Wind Band was formed when Roy Sparkes, the then Musical Director of the Co-operative Brass Band, Sue Clarke, a peripatetic music teacher in the area and Jackie Davies put their various resources and talents together to bring a new band to the local area catering for youth brass, woodwind and percussion instrumentalists. So in March 2016, a 21st Celebration Concert and buffet was held at the Civic Hall Nantwich, when many former players, including Matthew Pearce, who was the first player to sign up in 1995, were treated to a concert given by the present Youth, Junior and Beginner Bands. This was followed by a buffet, which included a 21st cake donated by Co-operative Funercalcare North West Band.- made by Claire Dixon, Solo Trombone of their band.
The Youth Band at Rochdale Town Hall
Jackie and Emma with Roy Sparke
The Youth Band have been making music in France and Belgium this summer. Here is a report from our star soloist, Rhiannon

The tour to France and Belgium with the Co-Operative Youth Band was absolutely incredible, and has actually allowed me to seriously consider a career in music! We all agreed that we have become even closer as friends, and that future rehearsals, concerts and competitions will be even more fun.

It's been a humbling experience to learn about the history of WW1, and completely moving to discover relatives graves and memorial sites at various cemeteries.

The highlights for me would be the experiences of playing music in such unique and beautiful European settings - particularly being able to play 'Can't Help Falling In Love' for a newly married couple's wedding ceremony - what an honour!

Huge thank you to Emma Clarke, our musical director, and all of the accompanying adults and staff members for an unforgettable tour.
Wish I was back in France and Belgium already!

Rhiannon Owen.

May to July 2016

Yet again the Summer months proved to be very busy for the wind bands.
In May we organised a Summer Concert at The Civic Hall Nantwich, which included the Presentation of awards for 2015 -2016 
to various members of the 3 Bands.

In June The Youth and Junior Bands entertained
a large audience on Nantwich Square -
the soloist was Jordan Edge...

then on the 26th,  the youth band took part in the
Love Music Trust’s Summer Celebration at
the Clonter Opera Theatre in Congleton.
The varied programme, which included a Solo,
Can‘t Help Falling in Love, played by Rhiannon
Owen, was well received.

At the beginning of July, the junior band, augmented by some members of the youth band, played at the Brereton Fete
and just about managed to keep dry!
The 19th July saw the 3 Bands represented on Crewe Square, as part of an inaugural Transport Festival.
Finally, on the 16th July a group of the youth band played at the Societies Spectacular in Nantwich. We also manned a stall there to promote the organisation and were impressed by the number of enquiries and good wishes.
So, for the majority of members that was the end of another successful & enjoyable year.
But, for some, there was of course the 1st ever Tour to France to follow...

                          January 2016

For many years the bands have supported St. Luke’s Hospice in many ways. However, in January 2016 the bands decided to promote their own concert for St. Luke’s Hospice. All three bands took part at the Civic Hall, Nantwich. The local businesses were very supportive and donated fabulous raffle prizes which helped us to make a donation of £831 to St. Luke’s. The event was attended by Councillor Mike Kennedy and his wife, who were representing St. Luke’s Hospice (Winsford).

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