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Corby Business Academy Concert Band on song for success

Corby Business Academy musicians are busy tuning their instruments in preparation for their first appearance at the Eisteddfod on Thursday, March 12.

The Concert Band and the Brass Ensemble will be in action at the Kettering and District school’s competition which started on Monday and runs until this Saturday.

Director of Music Clive Wears, who has been leading the musical groups in their extensive rehearsals, said: "This is only our second public performance, following the Christmas Concert and so we are really excited.

"A lot of students are playing instruments that they have only been playing for a few months so it is quite an achievement.

This will be a great experience for the students and a great stepping stone to other performances."

The Concert Band, which has 40 members, will be performing A Regal March and a version of Pirates of the Caribbean and the Brass Ensemble will be playing a selection of music by composer Stewart Johnson.

A winner’s cup is up for grabs and the groups will find out on the day whether they can lift the trophy.

And the students will be in great company as teenage opera sensation Faryl Smith will be performing at the Eisteddfod on Saturday.

Year 7 student Edward Pratt, plays lead trumpet in the Brass Ensemble.

The student who has been playing trumpet for the past four years, said: "This is the first time I will have played at the Eisteddfod so I am really excited."

Students, staff and pupils are invited along to watch the performances which are taking place at the Kettering Salvation Army building in Rockingham Road.

The Brass Ensemble will take centre stage at 3.30pm and the Concert Band will perform at 4.15pm.

Another date for the diary is the end of year concert, Music for a Summer’s Evening, which will be staged in the Academy Theatre on June 24th at 7.30pm.

All of the school’s musical groups, such as the Concert Band, the CBA choir and the rock band will be performing.