School bands visit Ely

MUSICIANS from nine schools visited Ely on Thursday for the city s annual Wind Band Day The event, which involved 140 young musicians, aged 11 to 13 from schools all over the region, took place at the King s School. They joined 60 King s Junior School pup

MUSICIANS from nine schools visited Ely on Thursday for the city's annual Wind Band Day

The event, which involved 140 young musicians, aged 11 to 13 from schools all over the region, took place at the King's School. They joined 60 King's Junior School pupils for the thirteenth Wind Band Day, which is organised by King's.

They used King's state-of-the-art Gibson Music School for practice sessions during the day, which ended with a concert in the school's Hayward Theatre watched by parents and members of the public.

The youngsters brought a variety of instruments including flutes, oboes, clarinets, cornets, saxophones, trumpets, trombones, bassoons, and percussion. They spent the day in rehearsals in sections before joining together for the afternoon band concert.


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Organiser of the event, Neil Porter-Thaw, King's Junior School director of music, said: "Many of the children who visited us seldom get the opportunity to perform in large groups so it was a hugely enjoyable and rewarding experience for everyone involved and when they came together for the final concert they made a wonderful sound and it was marvellous to hear what they had managed to achieve in such a short time.

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