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Summer Concert 2024

Corby Business Academy were delighted to welcome our community to our Summer Concert entitled ' A Night at the Musicals' on Wednesday 26th June 2024.

In attendance, we were honoured to welcome HM Deputy Lieutenant of Northamptonshire; Mrs Charlotte Brudenell, High Sheriff Amy Crawfurd JP, Former HM Vice Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire; Mrs Morcea Walker, Royal Anglian Regiment County Colonel Robert Blomfield MBE, key executives from Brooke Weston Trust and Corby Business Academy's Chair of Governors; Mr Niel Aveyard. 

Our young musicians, performers and staff had been rehearsing relentlessly for many weeks to present a superb exhibition of music and we are so proud to have so many talented soloists amongst our students. We have previously celebrated Year 9 Stevie's achievements, however she treated the audience to a special performance of her own composition of 'Made by Design' accompanied by Michella on the clarinet. Year 8 student Darcie has been singing since the age of 6 and delivered another incredible solo performance. 

Our Brass Ensemble, led by NMPAT peripatetic teacher, were newly formed last year and have already competed and won the Oundle Festival of Music and Drama earlier this year. We were also entertained by the Woodwind Ensemble, led by Miss Pamela Carter from NMPAT and our Big Band, led by Mr. Brad Turnball from NMPAT, who had also previously competed at the Oundle Festival. The Big Band's performance at the National Music for Youth Festival was received most recently with high praise. We are grateful to have such experience and dedicated peripatetic staff supporting us from Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust (NMPAT). CBA's Concert Band performed a variety of pieces that showcased the versatile talents of our percussionists, including Year 7 students Kevin on the xylophone, Albert on the timpani and Year 9 student Stevie on the drums. 

We also celebrated the achievements of some of our Year 13 musicians who have been model ambassadors of our music department for the past seven years. Both Sam and Ella completed their A Level's in Music this year and we wish them all the best for their results next month. Ella gave us an incredible vocal farewell solo performance signing 'Adelaide's Lament' from the Broadway classic' Guys and Dolls'. 

Visitors to the Academy were able to enjoy fruit juices and canape refreshments in the interlude whilst viewing some of the fabulous art work on display, created by Corby Business Academy art students. 

HM Deputy Lieutenant Mrs Charlotte Brudenell had high praise for the evening, 'Thank you for such a wonderful and inspirational evening. I know how much hard work goes into so much organising, galvanising and all the back up.

So my grateful thanks are to you all and I would ask if you could pass on my congratulations. The stars were the singers and musicians themselves. What impressed me was not just the obvious love of music that has been instilled by such good teaching but the pride of delivery, the camaraderie (witnessed by the dancing at the end) and the sheer joyousness of the whole evening. It was testament not just to visible talent but to hard hard work.  And it paid off.' Furthermore, she wished our CBA Singers 'all well' in Birmingham this Friday when they will perform at the National Festival of Music Finals for the second year in a row, 'I wish all well at Birmingham next Friday and have fingers and toes crossed for a very successful and well deserved outcome.'

High Sheriff Amy Crawfurd JP posted on her Twitter account stating, 'What a great night at Corby Business Academy (CBA) for their Summer Concert. A musical extravaganza with strong performances from all the students. Real depth of talent with soloists, brass and woodwind ensembles, concert band and the CBA Singers on stage and performing in front of a packed auditorium. Music brings discipline, teamwork, commitment and a great sense of purpose and achievement to everyone who participates. Thank you for a great evening.'

We were fortunate to welcome Colonel Blomfield once again to our Academy. He expressed his delight remarking, 'As previously, it was a great pleasure to be with you all and to be able to enjoy another superb concert. I am full of admiration for all the students who took part, some are obviously very talented but whatever the level of expertise, every one putting so much energy and enthusiasm into the production. I also admire those members of staff who make these occasions possible and who, no less energetically and enthusiastically, take an active part. All concerned are to be heartily congratulated upon providing such an enjoyable and thoroughly worthwhile evening.' 

We are incredibly proud of our students and the fantastic community spirit that this event evoked. Colleagues and friends of our Brooke Weston Trust Central Operations Team enthusiastically joined in with the singing and dancing towards the end and we were absolutely thrilled to receive cash donations of over £160.00 towards the cost of the evening and refreshments.

Videos of the evening's performances can be viewed via our YouTube channel; Corby Business Academy - YouTube.