18 July 2017
Archbishop Temple School’s Senior Percussion Group and the school’s Senior Concert Band are celebrating today after walking away from the prestigious World Music Competition in Kerkrade, Holland with Bronze Awards this weekend.
The young ensembles performed to large audiences at the Parkstad Limburg Theatres in Kerkrade and Heerlen. Archbishop Temple School are one of only two UK schools competing in this internationally renowned festival. The Senior Percussion Group were conducted by 17 year old Andrew Woolcock, former pupil and winner of the Percussion Category of the BBC’s Young Musician 2016.
As part of their programme the Senior Percussion Group performed ‘In Flight’ by renowned percussionist Jan Bradley, a piece commissioned especially for the school and half funded by the NST Travel Group.
“The pupils were staggering in their performance. Our young musicians took complete ownership of the stage and were cool, calm and utterly at home. There were no hint of nerves, and their aplomb was incredible,” said Mrs G. Jackson, Headteacher.
“The Senior Percussion Group only formed 18 months ago and their ages range from 13 – 16. They were competing against experienced adult ensembles who have been playing together for a number of years.”
“I am incredibly proud of the school’s Senior Percussion Group and our Senior Concert Band,” said Mrs C. Gardner, Head of Music. “Their success at the World Music Concert is testament to their hard work and commitment over the past year.”
The school’s Senior Concert Band took the Parkstad Limburg Theatre in Heerlen by storm, performing a selection of pieces that they recently performed within the beautiful surroundings of Preston Minster earlier this month.
As well as performing at Preston Minster the school’s Senior Percussion Group have also recently played at the CBSO Centre, home of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra as part of the celebrated Music for Youth Festival.