Saturday 25th June saw the annual Youth Brass celebration concert, given by the two young bands of Coleshill, (Coleshill Beginner Brass & Coleshill Youth Brass). The venue, for this year, was the beautiful, Hartshill Church.
The concert featured a varied and exciting programme of music from the beginners conducted by Sally Fagg, featuring beautifully played hymn tunes, arranged by Alan Fernie and traditional airs. Their progress was evident in their playing, given that many of these youngsters only started in September 2015!
The second half saw Coleshill Youth Brass performing concert music for the first time, after their recent win at the Battle of the Bands contest in Chesterfield. The band truly was on form. In addition to the set of music, which formed their contest programme, they also premiered a new arrangement of the hymn “The Supreme Sacrifice, “ which was arranged for them by 17 year old band member, Daniel Fenner, from Coleshill. Daniel also showcased his talents by conducting the band for his arrangement.
The concert also incorporates, an award-giving opportunity, and the proud recipients of the awards, were as follows:
Coleshill Beginner Brass
Coleshill Youth Band Awards
Special Achievement Award ( trophy & cash prize donated by Coleshill RBL)
Olivia Giffney – for winning the soloists prize at the contest for her performance of Autumn Leaves
As the academic year draws to a close, it is inevitable that members are moving away to pursue their education at universities, some local and some further afield. The opportunity was taken to present these members with a mini-banner to thank them for their services to the band(s):
Matt Ward (Birmingham Conservatoire to study music)
Jake Jerrard-Dinn (going to University to study art)
Sophie Price (going to university to study criminology)
CYB conductor, Stephen Fagg, commented, “Leading the band in giving such memorable performances is such an honour. I’m so proud of what we achieve together