Brent band scoops a platinum music award

Youth band hope to raise �10,000 after coming tops in first ever concert music festival

A YOUTH orchestra is dreaming of the big stage after winning a platinum award at its first ever regional performance.

Brent Concert Band, which is made up of 11 to 19-year-olds who live or study in the borough, received the accolade at the Regional Concert Band Festival in Northampton last week.

The band, which was set-up by Brent Music Service (BMS) and practises once a week at Claremont High School, in Kenton, played four pieces to the judges who commended them for their performance.

Carol Tomalin, communications officer for BMS, said: “Most of those kids have started on recorders and now they are attending their first ever adjudicated concert and they passed with flying colours.”


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Following its success, the band was invited to the National Concert Band Festival in Glasgow next April but an estimated �10,000 travel and accommodation bill stands in its way.

Ms Tomalin said: “It’s a scary amount of money to raise but Paul (the conductor) is so dedicated that I’m sure they will find a way to get it.

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“If people can donate money that’s fantastic but they are planning to fund raise, it’s such a prestigious landmark for the band so they don’t want to miss out.

“It’s would be the first time Brent will ever have been represented in am environment like this.”

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