Students’ design work is music to ears of ensemble

Northallerton College students front row from left, Kristina Hagyard, 17, of Northallerton, Amy Knowles, 15, of South Otterington, with Northallerton Woodwind Ensemble, back row, Karen Breckon, of Winton, Kath Watts, of Hutton Rudby, Ken Pickup, of Dishforth and Eileen Tyndall, of Northallerton.
Northallerton College students front row from left, Kristina Hagyard, 17, of Northallerton, Amy Knowles, 15, of South Otterington, with Northallerton Woodwind Ensemble, back row, Karen Breckon, of Winton, Kath Watts, of Hutton Rudby, Ken Pickup, of Dishforth and Eileen Tyndall, of Northallerton.

TEXTILE students’ offer of help proved to be music to the ears after a local band wanted to smarten up its act.

Northallerton College students agreed to design and produce attractive bandstands banners for Northallerton Woodwind Ensemble, a group of music enthusiasts with a charitable bent.

The GCSE and A Level students worked up the ideas to meet the design brief under the watchful eye of their teacher Linda Breckon.

Pins and Needles, of Northallerton, completed the embroidery and the ensemble now boasts 24 smart covers for their bandstands.

The band, under the direction of peripatetic music teacher Tim Waters, brings together intermediate music enthusiasts from across North Yorkshire for regular concerts which raise much needed funds for charity, including Lymphoma Leukaemia Research, Mencap and Help for Heroes.

Band member Eileen Tyndall, of Northallerton, said: “We started with just five members and now have 20, ranging from 13-years-old to over 70.

“We do a lot for charity and thought it was time we improved our image. The music stands look great; simple, effective and professional and they have been commented upon.”

Mrs Breckon added: “My sister-in-law is in the band so I was delighted to help and it is always great experience for the students to complete a live brief for a real client.”