Band to play at top music event

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A talented band from Corby is to perform at a national festival which celebrates the best young musicians in the UK.

Corby Business Academy’s senior concert band will perform at Music for Youth’s National Festival after impressing judges at a regional competition with a 10-minute programme of music.

During the festival the band will perform in front of more than 2,000 spectators at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham.

The academy’s director of music, Clive Wears, said: “To play in Symphony Hall is a once in a lifetime opportunity for some of our students.

“This is indeed national recognition for our senior concert band. Everything we have accomplished so far has built towards this moment.

“The students are incredibly excited because you never expect this to happen to you. It’s a fantastic achievement and rewards all the hard work of our students and staff.”

The school band is to perform at the festival on Thursday, July 10.

At the regional competition the band performed Encanto by Robert W Smith and Fantasy on An American Marching Tune by Robert Sheldon.

Other county groups taking part in the national festival include Northamptonshire County Junior Strings, Northamptonshire County Youth Concert Band, Northamptonshire County Youth Orchestra, Northamptonshire County Youth Big Band, Northampton School for Boys Choir, Northampton School for Boys Jazz Vocal Group and Northampton School for Boys Big Band, NSG Big Band and Sponne Brass. For details visit www.mfy.org.uk/coreseason/national/birmingham.