Berkshire Maestros Job Opportunities Berkshire Music Hub

News Articles

Reading Area Concert Band Platinum Award Success

14 April 2016

Reading Area Concert Band has won a prestigious Platinum award at the National Concert Band Festival!

Back in the Autumn term Reading Area Concert Band, conducted by Cathy Laney, successfully got through the regional rounds of the National Concert Band Festival and were invited to play at the finals at the Royal Northern College of Music.

The band and staff left on Saturday 9th April and travelled up to a youth hostel in the national forest where they stayed overnight and had a very enjoyable evening thanks to a great quiz written for us by Sean Law. The music round nearly reduced the staff to tears. It would seem they know very little about the subject!

On Sunday they then continued on to the RNCM where they listened to some of the other bands and got excited about their performance. Competing against around 40 bands, they played Paris Sketches by Martin Ellerby. They performed brilliantly and received one of the top awards at the festival (a Platinum award).

Many of the other bands involved from other areas in the UK were university and county wind orchestras and the fact that our children are successfully competing at this national level is proof that quality music is being made at our Reading Music Centre. 

Congratulations to all of the children and staff involved this win. Lynne Ellis is a very proud CEO!


Back to News

Facebook Twitter Linkedin YouTube Channel Instagram Google+
Arts Council England logo