CBA Musicians Triumph at Eisteddfod and Shine at a Prestigious Youth Music Festival
The CBA Senior Concert Band, Senior Brass Ensemble and choir Vocalise all picked up first place honours at the 103rd Kettering and District Eisteddfod
It was a hat-trick for the Concert Band and a first trophy for Vocalise. The musicians were praised for their ‘lively and spirited performance’ and ‘ blemish free playing’ and the choir was applauded for its vibrant rendition of Rhythm of Life from the musical Sweet Charity.
Director of Music Clive Wears said: “We now have an established musical reputation on the local scene and we are delighted to have come away once again with some top honours.”
On Sunday (March 18th) the Concert Band, Senior Brass Ensemble and Senior Woodwind Ensemble also took part in the Music For Youth Regional Music Festival.
The regional event for 11 to 18 year olds, was held at Northampton School for Boys and the CBA musical groups played alongside established county bands such as Northamptonshire County Big Band,
This was the first appearance of any CBA musical group at the festival, which takes place from February to April and involves more than 50,000 young musicians.
Mr Wears said: “Considering that when we opened four years ago we only had four students playing instruments, to then have fifty students playing in a regional music festival is incredible and a real credit to them.”
Feedback from the musical panel praised the concert band’s colourful sound and ‘a good programme from a technically secure musical ensemble.’
The music groups will find out in the coming weeks whether they are one of the lucky few to be selected to perform at the Birmingham Symphony Hall at the Music For Youth National Festival.