Golden delight for Oldham Music Centre Youth Brass Band

Date published: 25 April 2018

The Oldham Music Centre Youth Brass Band once again secured golden glory, this time at a prestigious event in Warwick.

The hugely talented outfit competed in the finals of the National Youth Brass Bands Championships in Warwick.

The band members were delighted to have their efforts recognised, receiving one of four top ‘Gold’ prizes that were awarded at the end of the day’s contesting after all 15 bands had performed.

The band, under conductor Jonathan Leedale, performed a programme that included the march ‘Glemdene’ and Gordon Langford’s ‘West Country Fantasy’, which the adjudicators summed up in their comments.

One read: "Some great stuff here, a really enjoyable account. So much to admire and commend in an energetic programme."

The response of the audience was also universally positive.

Oldham Director of Music Gerard Booth tipped his hat to the supremely talented band.

He said: “Following on from the Youth Wind Band’s Gold Award at the finals of the National Concert Band Festival earlier this month, this result is particularly welcome as it demonstrates the breadth of excellence achieved by Oldham’s exceptional young musicians. 

"As ever, we are grateful to the schools, parents and young people themselves as well as the teachers whose unstinting commitment to quality music making have made this possible."