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National Festival of Music for Youth


On Saturday 9th March 2024, three ensembles from Corby Business Academy had the honour to perform at the National Festival of Music for Youth in Northampton. Corby Business Academy’s Concert Band, Big Band, and CBA Singers performed a 10-minute programme each to a panel of distinguished adjudicators and an audience of fellow musicians.

The Concert Band’s programme included ‘The Muppet Show Theme’ composed by J Henson, an upbeat version of ‘Toccata in D minor’ by JS Bach, and a cornet solo entitled ‘Buster Strikes Back’ by Year 12 student Amelia Vickery.

Appearing at Music for Youth for only the second time in their history, CBA Singers performed Welcome to the 60s, Seasons of Love, Never Enough, and finally Flashlight.

The Director of Vocal Studies, Matt Smith, said: “This group of students have worked incredibly hard over the past 12 months and shown fantastic commitment to this ensemble and their vocal studies. They love singing and enjoy every moment of their rehearsals in the Music Department”.

The Big Band under the direction of Mr Brad Turnball performed two upbeat numbers, in ‘Fiesta De Tigre’, featuring cornet soloist Peter Davies, and ‘Stepping Out’.

The Director of Music, Clive Wears, said: ‘It was great to be back performing at the Music for Youth Festival again on Saturday. The Concert Band, Big Band and CBA Singers were up against some tough opposition. All of our ensembles delivered some extremely imaginative sets which were enhanced by our fine soloists. Our students performed quite brilliantly and with such confidence. A special tribute must go to Amelia Vickery from Year 12, whose cornet solo was sublime, and our xylophone player Kevin Ellingham from Year 7, who performed a fiendishly difficult part after just a few weeks of practice.’

The Concert Band, Big Band and CBA Singers will be performing next at the Oundle Festival of Music and Drama on Friday 22nd March at The Great Hall, Oundle.

A big well done to all our students who attended!

For more photos from the day, please see the link below;

Corby Business Academy - National Festival of Music for Youth