NFMY: Primary Prom 2017
National Festival of Music for Youth
Symphony Hall - Birmingham
Having had a busy week with the majority of Big Band performing in either the orchestra or main cast of ‘Oliver! and a lot of the band busy at the Derngate with the NMPAT Orchestral Spectacular on Sunday an arrival time of 6.45am to meet up for our trip to Birmingham was greeted with warmth and good cheer…
With everyone on board we managed to get to Symphony Hall in Birmingham for a soundcheck at 9.10am. We had been invited to perform at the Primary Prom at the last minute due to another group having to withdraw. The Big Band, always being prepared after the amazing display at the Finals last July, did not hesitate in agreeing to step in to play.
After the soundcheck, the presenter - Tom Redmond asked to interview several members of the band in the actual concert - both Isaac Prince and Yannick Bhatt were volunteered for the job.
When lining up backstage for our first performance - there were two concerts to primary school children scheduled, we were told that the numbers in the audience were sold out for both concerts - Symphony Hall holds 2,240 seats so the two interviewees suddenly wished that they hadn't caught my eye... the noise going on stage was immense - a lot of the band may well have had their "rock star" moments walking on to the stage today. The band played two numbers: Barnburner by Les Hooper and one movement from the Johnny Richards arranged Cuban Fire Suite 'La Suerte de los Tontos". Solos by Joel Pierson, Daniel Newitt, Jamie Payne and Matthew Redmond topped off two outstanding performances from the band.
It was also an excellent way to warm up for the regional event for the NFMFY being held at NSB on the weekend of 25th and 26th March. The pupils played exceptionally well and were a credit to the School and the County. Now time for a rest... rehearsals as normal tomorrow!!
Director of Music