On Saturday 7th April the Hill House Jazz Orchestra and Concert Band took part in The National Concert Band Festival Finals at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
It was the Jazz Orchestra’s third time at the final and the first time for the Concert Band.
The Concert Band, having worked very hard, played with a real sense of maturity and vigour. Despite being a smaller band than the others, their exact rhythmic playing and careful attention to intonation and tone quality wowed the judges. They played ‘Flourish for Wind Band’ by Ralph Vaughan Williams, ‘Sky Dance’ by Saucedo and ‘Doyen’ by Goff Richards.
The Concert Band received an amazing Gold award for their endeavours on their first occasion at the Royal Northern College of Music.
The Jazz Orchestra romped home with a Platinum award and displayed real assurance and swagger when they played. They dazzled the audience with ‘Zebrano’, ‘Pick up the Pieces’, ‘Feelin’ the Funk’ and ‘Always & Forever’.
The festival is based upon a standard and is not a competition against other bands. The awards range from a Platinum through to Bronze.
Well done to both Bands, what an inspiring day for our Hill House musicians.
See some of the Concert Band performances on our YouTube channel.