Gloucestershire Music students in final round of major UK music competition

Published
16.03.2017

On 8th and 9th April, over 100 young musicians from Gloucestershire will compete in the finals of the National Concert Band Festival: the UK’s largest competitive wind and jazz band festival.

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On 8th and 9th April, over 100 young musicians from Gloucestershire will compete in the finals of the National Concert Band Festival: the UK’s largest competitive wind and jazz band festival.

Following success at regional heats, over 100 young musicians with the county council’s music education service, Gloucestershire Music, will pit their skills against the very best musical talent in the UK. Over 40 bands will meet at Warwick School, Warwick, for two days of music-making. Gloucestershire will be well represented, with Pates Grammar School Big Band, Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra all performing.

Last year Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra and Gloucestershire Youth jazz orchestra were awarded gold and silver  at the festival, and Gloucestershire Music hopes to repeat this success again in 2017.

Gloucestershire is proud to count Gustav Holst as a past resident. The famous composer, best known for his Planets Suite, was also a trombonist and an avid composer for the wind band. It is fitting then that Gloucestershire can also boast its very own national award winning youth wind orchestra and jazz bands, something Holst no doubt would have been very proud to support.

Steven Legge, Head of Instrumental and Vocal Tuition at Gloucestershire Music, said: “To represent Gloucestershire at a national level is an honour and to have such a strong representation is testimony to the quality of our teaching and dedication of our young musicians.

Cllr Paul McLain, Gloucestershire county council’s cabinet member for children and young people, said: “I’d like to wish pupils the very best of luck in this highly acclaimed national competition. It’s fantastic that the county’s talented young people are being given the opportunity to compete at a national level – and I am delighted that Gloucestershire Music is encouraging them to pursue their musical ambitions.”