Big Band rehearsing with Maria Eglinton in the Maidment Building
With the Easter Holidays falling just before the Festival, I thought that it was a little risky to just turn up to the final and decided to hold some rehearsals at School leading up to this. I think the boys were more excited about staying in Emma Darwin Hall than rehearsing in the Music School, but they all worked hard and made some really excellent progress!
The performance in Birmingham went extremely well and I really don't think they could have played much better. The chosen programme was: In the Mood, The Girl from Ipanema (vocalist: Teresa Fawcett Wood), St Thomas and The Simpsons theme tune. After a tense adjudication given by Dr Ian Darrington (founder and director of the Wigan International Jazz Festival) and John Ruddick (Director of the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra), we were pleased to have been awarded another Gold.
Particular congratulations to Henry Thomas (Ch, 4th), who was awarded an Outstanding Soloist Award.
Special thanks to Heyes Music of Southampton for lending us a Flugel Horn for use in The Girl from Ipanema.
Please listen to the recording of the Radio Shropshire interview that Maria and three of the band - Will Heyes, Joe Bell and Dominic Craven - gave just before they left for Birmingham, starting 3 hours and 28 minutes into the programme; the link will work until Saturday 20th April: Radio Shropshire Breakfast Show.
Big Band on their way to winning Gold in the Birmingham Conservatoire