Music for Youth Festival.   Wardle High School. Saturday 23rd March

After a couple of days of uncertainty, due to the weather, the Youth Band set off from
Sandbach early on Saturday morning on a double decker coach. The journey was
uneventful until we left the M62, then we had high winds and 6 inches of snow to
contend with. There were abandoned cars covered in snow and people trying to get
their cars off their driveways. 
We arrived in time for the 10 a.m. start and played number 2 after the host schoolís
Brass Band. Our programme of The Eye of The Tiger, Gabrielís Oboe, featuring
Anna Mitchyn and Amazonia was well received by the other performers and the
Music Mentors who gave their feed back to all groups at the end. No one is declared
the winner at this event, so we now have a long wait to find out if our performance was
good enough to take us to Birmingham in July to play at Symphony Hall.

Joint Concert with Shavington High School. Thursday 14th March.

This Concert has become a firm favourite with the parents and friends of Shavington School and the Co-operative Youth and Junior Bands, so much so that there were very few empty seats in the School Hall. The schoolís Concert Band began the entertainment followed by their choirs.
Then it was the turn of the Junior Band who closed the first half with 2 pieces that they would be playing on the 16th March at The Newcastle Festival - Celtic Dream and Toccata in D Minor.
The second half included the Year 11 ensemble, the Guitar and Saxophone groups and The Year 11 Btec ensemble before it was time for the Youth Band. They played Riverdance, Amazonia and Gabrielís Oboe, which featured at short notice, Megan John, who played outstandingly well. The 3 pieces will feature at forthcoming Festivals at Newcastle and the Music for Youth at Wardle.
Well over 100 children took part in the eveningís concert and thanks must also go to the Head of Music at Shavington, John Clark and the School staff who organised the Raffle and refreshments.

Newcastle Festival of Music. Saturday 16th March.

The day began with The Junior Band playing in the 14 and Under Class against 3 other Groups. The adjudicator was very impressed with them and on his comments said Ďa very solid ensemble and very smart and disciplinedí and he awarded them 1st place with 86 marks. They were awarded the Henry White Trophy, which they keep for a year. This led them into a Final in which they really impressed and came out as the winners and were awarded the Joan Taylor Memorial Trophy and a cheque for £100.
The Youth Band played against 4 other groups in the 19 and Under Class. The adjudicator was impressed by their ability to cope with the very complex rhythms of Riverdance and commented on the fine solo playing of flute, clarinet and xylophone. He said it was very well staged and gave them 85 marks which gave them 2nd place.

Then it was the turn of The Youth Band and 6 adult family members and Poppy who is a Student at MMU, who comes along on a Monday evening and Saturday morning to help, to compete against 3 very diverse groups in the Open Class. Their programme of Eye of The Tiger and Amazonia was well received. He was impressed by the good use of percussion throughout and awarded them 86 marks which gave them 2nd place.
Two first places and 2 second places was a very satisfying result for the morning session.

Newcastle Festival Solo & Duet Results.

Many of the band members took part in the solo and duet classes. The results included:

1st Place
in the Under 18 Woodwind.
1st place in the Open Duet Class.
2nd /3rd places were awarded in the Open Duet Class.
2nd place in the 15 & Under Brass Class.
2nd place in the 15 & Under Woodwind Class.
1st Class Certificate in the 15 & Under Duet.
2nd Class Certificate in the 12 & Under Solo Class.
2nd Class Certificate in the 15 & Under Woodwind Solo Class
2nd Class certificate in the 15 & Under Duet.
2nd Class Certificate in the 12 & Under solo Class.

Band members - please logon to see the full results.

As many of you know, the co-operative are still very keen to help us in any way they can. With this in mind I asked The Cheshire Area Committee if they would help with the cost of the coach to Wardle for The Music for Youth Festival. This they have funded in full for us -£625. So, although we no longer get a grant from the co-operative, we do still have a lot of support from them and carry their name around the country.
We are extremely grateful to them.

The Joint Concert with St Helens Youth Brass Band at Shavington High School proved to be a great evening's entertainment.
Both Bands are preparing for Festivals and this was a great way to try out their programmes. The Youth Wind Band included Riverdance in their first spot in readiness for Newcastle on the 16th March and then in the second half Anna Mitchyn soloed in Gabriel's Oboe and the Band gave a
first outing for Amazonia - if you haven't heard this piece you've missed a treat!!
The Brass Band played a varied programme and in the second half began with The James Bond Collection, featuring their own Mr.Bond complete with gun. Their programme finished with When the Saints, which is their signature tune.
January to March 2013
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