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2019

The Senior Ensembles of the Oldham Music Centre continue their outstanding tradition of representing the borough, both locally and nationally.

The Youth Wind Band are once again successful at the regional heat of the National Concert Band Festival and are awarded the outstanding Platinum prize at the UK finals, held at the Royal northern College of Music in April.

The Youth Brass Band also achieve great recognition for their performances at contests and concerts in 2019 with a particular highlight being the award of the highest placed local band at the Delph village Whit Friday contest, coming ahead of numerous, adult bands.

As in previous years, the Oldham Youth Orchestra is the only Youth Orchestra from the NW to be selected to take part in the National Festival of Music for Youth at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and performs to great acclaim.  The orchestra also takes part in a very special ‘Music for Youth Connects’ workshop at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire as part of its prize from the previous year’s performance at the National Festival.

 

2018

Once again the Youth Wind Band are awarded a Platinum award in the National Concert Band Festival and go on to represent Oldham in the National Finals.

The Youth Brass Band has an exceptional year, taking second place in the British Open Championships at the Guildhall in Preston and are also awarded one of only four top “Golds” in their Section at the National Youth Brass Band Championships at Warwick University. As usual they win a hat-full of prizes at the Whit Friday Contests and end the year by delighting the crowds with a marching band performance in Parliament Square as part of the Music Centre Summer Festival.

The Youth Orchestra qualifies for the finals of the National Festival of Music for Youth and performs a selection of American music which receives outstanding praise from the adjudicators.

The Music Centre’s Summer Festival is held in Parliament Square for the first time ever and draws in hundreds of Oldhamers, many of whom are hearing Music Centre groups for the first time.

2017

Youth Brass Band, Wind Band and Orchestra undertake a tour to Lake Garda in Italy, giving superb concerts in Lazise, Sirmione and Pastrengo

The Youth Brass Band enjoys their most successful Whit Friday ever, narrowly missing out on the overall prize for Saddleworth and being placed higher than many adult bands.

Internationally renowned concert pianist, Angela Brownridge and Principal Tuba of the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, Simon Styles, present workshops/recitals at the Lyceum.

Performances by OMC groups play a major part in the celebrations to mark the opening of the Old Town Hall Cinema and Parliament Square

2016

Youth Wind Band awarded the top ‘Platinum’ award in their class after performing at the National Concert Band Festival at the RNCM

Youth Orchestra perform at Symphony Hall in Birmigham after qualifying for the National Festival of Music for Youth.

Three OMC students are invitied to play with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

Oldham Youth Brass Band gives a joint concert with their professional partners, the world famous Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band  at the QE Hall, Oldham

 

2015

 

Youth Brass Band records a CD

50th Anniversary of the Music Centre

Youth Orchestra and Youth Wind Band perform at Symphony Hall in Birmigham after qualifying for the National Festival of Music for Youth.

 

2014

Tour of New York

 

Youth Wind Band performs at Birmingham Conservatoire in the National Concert Band Festival.

 

GM Hub Choir appears at the Schools Prom at the Royal Albert Hall.

 

2013

GMMH nominated for 'most innovative hub' at the National Music Education Awards for Excellence.

Youth Orchestra and Youth Wind Band appear at NFMY in Birmingham Symphony Hall.

2012

Oldham Music Service enters into partnership with eight other Music Services from across the region to form the Greater Manchester Music Hub (GMMH).

Youth Orchestra and Youth Wind Band appear at NFMY in Birmingham Town Hall and Symphony Hall.

2011

Paris Tour.

Oldham Music Service rated as ‘Outstanding’ in annual inspection.

2010

Oldham Music Service rated as ‘Outstanding’ in annual inspection.

Youth Wind Band and Contemporary Music Group both receive special commendations at the National Festival of Music for Youth in Birmingham

Community Wind Band established.

2009

"Thank you for the music" concert held in honour of Eileen Bentley MBE who retires from her post as Director of Music.

Youth Wind Band and Youth Brass Band appear at NFMY in Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

Community Pop Choir established.

2008

A group of 92 Music Centre instrumentalists embark on a tour of New York.

The Youth Brass Band perform a joint concert with the world famous Fodens Brass Band.

Music Centre staaff and students present a series of 6 broadcasts for Oldham Community Radio.

2007

Beatles Sergeant Pepper tribute concert at Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Youth Brass Band appearance at NFMY in Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

Future Champions event hosted at Lyceum with Katherine Kent on the judging panel.

2006

Youth Wind Band appearane at NFMY in Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

Youth Brass Band wins Silver award at the National Youth Championships of Great Britain.

2005

The Music Centre Youth Brass Band runners up in the Youth Brass Band Championship of of Great Britain.

Appearances at the South Bank NFMY by the Oldham Youth Wind Band (Highly Commended Award) and the Oldham Youth Choir (Outstanding Performance Award)

Appearance by the Oldham Youth Wind Band at the Junior Proms at Chester Cathedral.

The Oldham Youth Choir and Brass Ensemble on tour in Germany.

2004

The Oldham Youth Orchestra begins a three year collaboration with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Manchester.

Oldham Boy's Choir invited to take part in the BBC television programme "Britten's Children".

Appearances at the South Bank NFMY by the Oldham Youth Wind Band, The Oldham Youth Orchestra and the Oldham Girl's Choir - Junior.

2003

Appearances at the South Bank NFMY by the Music Centre Youth Brass Band, the Oldham Youth Orchestra, the Oldham Youth Wind Band and the Oldham Youth Choir (Outstanding Performance Award).

Appearances by the Oldharn Youth Choir in the Schools' Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

2002

Appearances at the South Bank by The Oldham Boys' Choir, The Oldham Youth Choir (Highly Commended Award) The Oldham Youth Orchestra and The Music Centre Youth Brass Band.

Appearance on the BBC's Songs of Praise by The Oldham Youth Choir.

2001

Appearances at the South Bank NFMY by The Music Centre Youth Brass Band, The Oldham Girls' Choir, The Oldham Youth Wind Band and The Oldham Youth Orchestra.

Concert tour to Belgium by The Music Centre Youth Brass Band, The Oldham Youth Wind Band and The Oldham Youth Orchestra.

2000

The Music Centre Youth Brass Band awarded 4th place at the National Youth Brass Band Championships.

Appearance at the South Bank NFMY by The Oldham Youth Jazz Orchestra, The Oldham Boys' Choir, The Oldham Girls' Choir and The Oldham Youth Choir.

1999

Appearance at the NFMY by The Oldham Girls' Choir - Senior.

1998

Concert tour to Prague by The Oldham Youth Orchestra, The Music Youth Brass Band, The Oldham Youth Wind Band and the Oldham Youth Swing Band.

Appearances at the NFMY by The Oldham Youth Wind Band, The Oldham Youth Orchestra (outstanding performance award), The Music Centre Youth Brass Band (outstanding performance award), The Oldham Girls' Choir -Senior (outstanding performance award).

The Oldham Youth Orchestra invited to play at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Schools' Proms.

1997

Appearances at the South Bank NFMY by The Oldham Youth Orchestra, The Youth Wind Band, The Music Centre Youth Brass Band and The Oldham Boys' Choir.

1996

Appearances at the South Bank NFMY by the Oldham Youth Orchestra, The Oldham Youth Band, The Music Centre Youth Brass Band and The Oldharn Girls' Choirs - Junior and Intermediate.

Oldham Girls' Choir - Senior appeared at the University of Warwick as part of the British Federation's Festival of Festivals.

The Music Centre Youth Brass Band invited to play at the Royal Affiert Hall as part of the Schools' Proms.

1995

Appearances at the South Bank NFMY by The Oldham Youth Orchestra, The Oldham Youth Wind Band, and The Music Centre Youth Brass Band.

Oldham Girls' Choir celebrate Twenty-One Years.

The Youth Brass Band awarded second place at the National Youth Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.

1994

The Orchestral Brass Ensemble invited to take part in 'Belshazzar's Feast' in the Royal Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool.

1993

Appearance at the South Bank NFMY by the Oldham Youth Orchestra, The Oldham Youth Wind Band, The Oldham Youth Brass Band, The Orchestral Brass Ensemble, The Orchestral Wind Ensemble and The Oldham Girls' Choir - junior and Intermediate.

1992

The Oldham Youth Orchestra accompanied Vivaldi's 'Gioria' in Huddersfield Town Hall, the Oldham Boys' Choir appeared at The Free Trade Hall, Manchester. The Oldham Youth Orchestra, the Oldham Youth Wind Band, The Oldham Youth Brass Band and The Oldham Girls' Choir (Junior), appear at the South Bank as part of the NFMY.

Oldham Girls' Choir winner of the Children's Choir Class at the Elgar Festival in Worcester Cathedral.

1991

Oldham Girls' Choir runners up in the National Choral Competition.

Oldham Girls' Choir runners up in the International Eisteddfod at Llangollen and represented England in the Choir of the World.

1990

Malta International Choir Festival. Oldham Girls' Choir joint 1st Prize with The Bergedorfer Choir from Germany.

The Oldham Youth Wind Band took part in the Glasgow European City of Culture Celebrations.