Betteshanger Brass Academy at the Duke of Yorks School


Betteshanger Brass Academy’s under-18’s perform with the famous Cory Band on Saturday 5th July at the Nye Hall – Duke of Yorks School Dover.

Recently crowned the 2013 National Champions from Wales, they will be performing a specially written work entitled “The Weight” for Brass Band, performing with a Junior Band and three actors; “Hannah, Billy and Mike”.

The music was composed by David Burridge and the Story and Script by Martin Riley with the help, stories and advice from local Miners who have worked the Kent Coalfilelds. We are extremely lucky to have Tom Hutchinson and Owen Farr who will be visiting us for two workshops held with our young Academy players. They are two of the Cory Band’s principal players, Tom plays principal cornet and teaches at the Royal Welsh College, Owen is principal horn and teaches at the RWCMD too, as well as at Birmingham Conservatoire and with the Gwent Music Service.  The Academy Junior players  have a couple of very important spots in the piece when they are the featured ensemble with Solo parts for Cornet, Trombone and Euphonium.

They will have the chance to be tutored by some of the Countries top musicians at workshops held in Eythorne Baptist Church on Friday 30th May and Friday 4th July, with a final dress rehearsal with the Cory Band on the afternoon of the concert , Saturday 5th July.

This is a chance in a life time for any young player to perform with Country’s “Top Brass Band” and we hope you book your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Although we now have some 26 players in our Academy, only the 18s and under will be given this chance in a lifetime and we wish, Michael, Tom, Jack, Jude, Malachi, James, Beth, Mia, Jamie, Ben, Jack, Sam, Finn and Angus all the very best for this exciting venture.

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