To mark the end of their 50th anniversary year, the Hampshire County Youth Bands impressed an audience in Waterlooville with a concert of classical, modern and jazz music.
The concert programme included a wide range of musical styles for brass bands from Edvard Greig to Havah Nagilah, and a specially commissioned piece, premiered this year at their 50th anniversary concert, entitled Zest! by Kenneth Downie. It also featured solo pieces and performances by the Hampshire County Youth Band, Training Band and Junior Band.
The Band was formed in 1963 by local musician, John Knight, now 92, who conducted part of their anniversary concert in April this year.
The Band begins a tour of Italy and Croatia on 20 July, which includes a concert at the Villa Ducale in Venice. For many of the older students in the Band this will be their farewell tour as they are leaving to start careers, or go on to study a range of courses, including music, medicine and history at university in the autumn.
Councillor Peter Edgar was in the audience and commented;"A fantastic standard of playing by all three groups. I encourage all those about to go on to higher education or careers to keep playing. You have set a marvellous example to the younger players and demonstrated that hard work and dedication really does pay off."
The Hampshire County Youth Orchestra also begins its tour at the end of July to Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany. The group of over 120 students are undertaking an extensive performance schedule during their nine day tour. A highlight will be their performance at St Catherine's Church, Krakow, where many famous composers have premiered their compositions.
Hampshire Music Service provides a comprehensive music education service for all young people in Hampshire. Its work includes: