Spook-tac­u­lar show makes band top brass

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS - RHIANNON MCDOWALL

A‘ZOM­BIE’ brass band has wowed judges with its Hal­loween themed per­for­mance.

Mac­cles­field Youth Brass Band thrilled au­di­ences at the ‘Brass Fac­tor’, com­pe­ti­tion with their rous­ing per­for­mance.

Not only did the 32 strong band win over­all first prize, but they were also named the win­ners of the Au­di­ence Vote and Best Soloist, thanks to a bril­liant per­for­mance by 14-year-old Alex Wal­ton on xy­lo­phone.

Louise Ren­shaw, mu­si­cal di­rec­tor, said: “This was a great night for the youth band, com­pet­ing against some no­table adult bands, this was our best com­pe­ti­tion re­sult to date.

“We had worked re­ally hard to in­clude a lot of drama and fun in our set and the au­di­ence re­ac­tion was amaz­ing.

“The play­ers were fan­tas­tic, to­tally get­ting into the spirit of it.”

She added: “It was a bit like X Fac­tor, we per­formed for 20 min­utes and then had to lis­ten to the judges cri­tique.”

One judge said: “I can see why 120 young peo­ple turn up to play in this band ev­ery Fri­day night, it’s so much fun.

“All power to Mac­cles­field Youth Band, ev­ery town should have this.”

Com­ment­ing on Alex’s per­for­mance, an­other judge said: “Wow, he is such a tal­ented young player with a great fu­ture, what a star.”

The band’s next per­for­mance is a Re­mem­brance con­cert at St Michaels Church, Mac­cles­field on at 7.30pm Satur­day, Novem­ber 11, or­gan­ised by Mac­cles­field Cas­tle Ro­tary Club.

Louise added that she hopes the per­for­mance will be just as mem­o­rable.

She said: “You have to move the times and not only ap­pre­ci­ate what mu­sic the kids want to play, but also what the au­di­ence wants, so we al­ways make our per­for­mances as en­ter­tain­ing as pos­si­ble.

“The per­for­mance for Re­mem­brance at St Michael’s will ob­vi­ously be at a dif­fer­ent end of the scale, but we will still do our best to make it memo- rable. We will use the drum corps and the bal­cony and make sure it’s vis­ually in­ter­est­ing too.”

Mac­cles­field Youth Brass Band has three bands and a drum corps cater­ing for lo­cal young mu­si­cians aged seven to 18 years.

They re­hearse ev­ery Fri­day evening at the Fal­li­b­roome Academy, which will host the Christ­mas con­cert on De­cem­ber 16. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.mybb.org.uk.

Mac­cles­field Youth Brass Band were crowned the new Brass Fac­tor cham­pi­ons on their de­but per­for­mance at the Brass Fac­tor

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