Gold Award at NCBF Finals

Sunday 03 April 11

SUWO Logo - Colour

On Sunday 3 April, after a six hour journey to Glasgow, SUWO once again reached the Gold standard performing in the Open Wind Band Class at the final of the National Concert Band Festival at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD).

Following our Gold Award at the North West regional Heats in November 2010 in Warrington, SUWO was invited to attend the finals in Glasgow where we would be matched against the top four bands in the country.

After a very early start, a six hour coach journey and somewhat cramped conditions inside the Academy, SUWO performed the following programme with commendable quality to achieve a Gold Award:

Masque Kenneth Hesketh
Catskills Nigel Hess
Winter Dances* Fergall Carroll

Conducted by Anthony Houghton & Gareth Widdowson (*).

SUWO will be returning to Warrington in the Autumn of 2011 to participate in the NW heat again. This will be SUWO’s 8th year in the festival and aspire to live up to our reputation!

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© Widdowson & Hemingway 2016