Published: Wednesday, 07th November 2018

The Oldham Youth Orchestra and the Youth Brass Band are celebrating once again after winning recognition for outstanding performances.

Following a performance at Symphony Hall, London in July this year, the Oldham Youth Orchestra has been given a national award from the Music for Youth Organisation. The orchestra is just one of seven performers or organisations across the country to receive the Music for Youth Connects award.

The awards programme brings together key players in the arts and music industry with talented young musicians. As recipients of the award, Oldham Music Centre’s Youth Orchestra will be given the opportunity to travel to the new £57m Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in March 2019 to work with professors and musicians. Here they will perform and record two exclusive pieces of music in the state of the art concert hall.

Across the Pennines, Oldham Youth Brass Band members have enhanced their reputation as one of the country’s top youth brass bands. Taking part in the Yorkshire and Humberside Brass Band Association’s Pogson Bray contest, the Oldham youngsters competed against adult bands from across the Yorkshire region.  The contest was in open format meaning all bands were judged equally regardless of age and experience.

The band was awarded first prize for the best performance of a march and second overall out of a field of twelve bands.

Cllr Paul Jean-Jacques said “Congratulations to all our talented young musicians. We are very proud that you continue to put Oldham on the musical map. These awards are testament to an outstanding music service which provides exceptional opportunities for musicians from birth to retirement in a range of disciplines. I would urge all those thinking about taking up a musical instrument to contact the service to find out more about the variety of services on offer.”


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