Triumphant win for Rotherham Schools' brass band

Published Friday, 10th July 2015
Rotherham Schools Brass Band
Rotherham Schools' Youth The brass band celebrates its Whiston win

The Rotherham Schools’ Youth Brass Band (RSYBB) topped the charts with a double-whammy win at this year’s Whiston Festival of Brass.

The youth band picked up first prize and the George Skinner Trophy in the Junior/Training band section of the awards. Dan Fretwell, the adjudicator, complimented the band on their varied programme which was “full of great playing and a pleasure to listen to.”

The band’s entertaining programme included classical favourites such as ‘Air in G’ by Bach; a solo performance of ‘Acrobat’ by trombonist Harriet Burgess; and culminated in music from The Pirates of the Caribbean.

The RSYBB and members of the Rotherham Youth Orchestra also performed earlier in the day at Rotherham Minster gardens, playing to an appreciative audience to celebrate the unveiling of the ‘Heart of Steel’ sculpture.

This has been a fruitful year for the RSYBB and their conductor, Jeremy Wade. The band was awarded second place in the training section of the recent Ireland Colliery 'Battle of the Bands Entertainment' contest and performed earlier in the year at the National Youth Brass Band Championships held at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Head of the Rotherham Music Service, Deborah Findley, said that this was a great finish to a very successful year for the Service and for the RSYBB in particular. She added: "These events provide a valuable showcase for all the hard work and musical talent of our students across Rotherham. We are very proud of the achievements of these young musicians.”

The band can next be heard at the Rotherham Show on Sunday 13 September from 11 am to 12 pm.

For further details of the RSYBB and how you many join the band, please contact Simon Mansfield on 0779 5603780.