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Plethora of awards scooped at NCBF

Warwick School together with King’s High School have once again scooped a plethora of awards at the National Concert Band Festival Finals (NCBF).

Five bands qualified for the National Finals (more than any other school in the country) which took place at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. 

All of the bands played a twenty minute programme and were adjudicated by experts in the field using a strict list of criteria. They emerged with an astonishing two Platinum (Foundation Wind Orchestra and Little Big Band) and three Gold awards (The Super Tonics, Big Band and Jazz Lab).

The Foundation Wind Orchestra also gained an ‘Outstanding Performance Award’ for winning Platinum for three consecutive years.

The UK’s largest Wind Band and Big Band Festival (NCBF) is open to all ages and all standards and has been running for over 30 years. Performances are assessed at regional events throughout the country by experts who award Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze awards. To get an idea of the scale and the outstanding talent, NCBF attracts over 120 bands, representing some 5,000 players aged 8 to 80.

The international conductor Geoffrey Brand (ex-chairman of NCBF) says, “This festival is the life-blood of bands in the UK and has produced more quality performances each and every year – it is a hobby for life that allows musicians of all ages to pace one another on the road to excellence.”

All of the musicians produced outstanding performances which they should be immensely proud of and with the level of competition ever increasing this is a fantastic result!

For those who would like to watch the video recordings from the day please go to the Warwick School Music YouTube link