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Busy Month Ahead For CBA Music Bands

Students are busy tuning their instruments in preparation for next week’s Eisteddfod and a cross town orchestra event shortly after.

It will be a busy few weeks for the music students as the Concert Band will be attempting to defend their crown at the Kettering and District Eisteddfod and the students from the CBA String Ensemble and Junior Band will be performing with students from neighbouring schools in a cross town event.

On Thursday (March 18th) the Concert Band - who lifted last year's title - will be joined by the Woodwind Ensemble and the Brass Band in the competition.

It will be the first time in the competition for the Woodwind Ensemble, but CBA music director Clive Wears is confident his students will do well.

He said: "The Concert Band has had a lot of practice since last year and have taken part in a number of public events.

"They have performed in assemblies; held a joint concert with Brooke Weston Academy and also the Corby Male Voice Choir.

He added: "We are looking forward to it immensely and are hopeful we are going to win."

On Wednesday (March 31th) the music students will be joining forces with the orchestras from The Kingswood School and Studfall Junior School to form one large orchestra.

The students will rehearse together in the afternoon before putting on a performance at Studfall Junior School in Rowlett Road, Corby at 4pm for family and friends.

Music Teacher Felicity Cornish said: "The original idea for the cross town orchestra was because a number of schools have a small number of students take up musical instruments. so it was to give the students the opportunity of playing in a large orchestra.

"Here at CBA we have a large number of students involved in extracurricular music, so they do experience playing in large groups. However this experience will still be really enriching as they will come together for a rehearsal and then go onto perform a couple of hours later."

The Eisteddfod starts at 1.30pm at the Salvation Army building in Rockingham Road Kettering. Anyone who wishes to attend does not have to pre book a ticket and there is a small entry fee.

Friends and family of the students involved in Wednesday's event should apply for tickets using the entry form given to each student. Anyone else who wishes to attend can contact Felicity Cornish by emailing