Youth band marks 25 years in concert

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From the very first President’s Concert held at Pannal Village Hall in 1991, to raise funds for the struggling band, Tewit Youth Band has made enormous strides over the last 25 years.

At that first concert the band had around 20 members and an audience of 98 but now there are almost 98 members in the three groups of the band.

The 25th Anniversary Concert was held at the Forum in Harrogate Grammar School with a capacity audience, including the Mayor of Harrogate Coun Nick Brown, Liz and Terry Bramall CBE and Jackie Wilson and Sue Stott, their Sponsors from Hornbeam Park Developments Ltd.

The Junior Band were on first under their Musical Director, Dave Dunn-Birch, who himself came up through the ranks of Tewit. Aged between 7 and 11 they played with remarkable skills and enthralled the audience during their 15-minute program.

Followed by the Intermediate Band conducted by Steve Heninghem who showed the improvements dedication and practice make with their quality performance. Solos were well played by Morgan Medcroft and Felicity Hindmarch.

To end the first half the Senior Band took to the stage under their Musical Director Martin Hall with a resounding performance of difficult but entertaining music, ending with the lively Hootenanny, which had the audience joining in with hoots and clapping. Playing superb solos were Peter Clark, Nat Martin and Ruth Mellor.

The Finale was the highlight with all members of the three band groups congregating on stage together. With almost 90 playing, they made an enormous impact on the appreciative audience with their range and quality. Ending with Elgar’s Pomp & Circumstance No.1.

After up to 10 years being members of the Band, 14 of them are having to leave to go to Universities etc and we wish them well.

On a happier note it means there are vacancies for brass players, at any level of competence, to replace them throughout the groups.

Anyone interested in becoming a member can offer free loan of instruments and continual support for suitable applicants age 7 to 17. Follow the website or call 01423 562710 for information.