Shrewsbury School

Shrewsbury's Big Band win a Gold Medal at the National Concert Band Festival

Monday 15 April 2013

Following their outstanding performance at the regional rounds of the National Concert Band Festival in November, Shrewsbury's Big Band were awarded another Gold Medal at the Finals of the National Concert Band Festival held at the Birmingham Conservatoire on 13th April. Director Maria Eglinton was delighted with their performance and describes the lead-up to this the UK's largest wind band and big band festival. Three of the band members were interviewed live on Radio Shropshire just before they went to Birmingham on Saturday morning - the link (below) to the recording of the interview will work until Saturday 20th April.

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

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