St Peter's 13-18
St Peter's School swing band has received national recognition in the final of the country’s largest concert band festival.
The swing band was one of two senior big bands in the country to win a Platinum award, which is the highest award available at the National Concert Band Festival.
Held at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, seven school big bands progressed from regional rounds to the national final.
St Peter’s Swing Band played with great control and musicality throughout and received warm praise from adjudicator Pete Churchill, who is Professor of Jazz Composition at the Royal Academy of Music.
Professor Churchill said: “I just love this band. This is great ensemble playing – understated with evidence of serious rehearsal and attention to detail. This really feels like a band ‘played in’, all serving the music.”
Paul Miles-Kingston, Director of Music at St Peter’s School, said: “The Swing Band has been playing well over a number of years and it is wonderful for our current players to have this fantastic opportunity and to achieve such a prestigious award at the highest level. We were one of only two bands to receive the Platinum Award in our class at the National Final, placing our band amongst the very best in the country for this year and this recognition is so well-deserved for a group of pupils who have worked incredibly hard to produce such a fine performance.”
The National Concert Band Festival is the UK’s largest band festival, and involves hundreds of bands of different types, including university concert bands, community bands, county youth bands and both junior and senior school wind and big bands.