Young musicians seize their opportunity
Children from Nidderdale’s Wider Opportunities Band were given a chance to play a major role in a concert at Ripon cathedral – an opportunity they took brilliantly.
The government initiative started in Nidderdale five years ago aimed at encouraging young people to learn a musical instrument. All pupils from Year 3 at Dacre Braithwaite Endowed Primary School, St Cuthbert’s Primary School and Fountains Earth Primary School learn a wind instrument and some of them performed at what was described as a pre-launch concert before the start of the Ripon Cathedral Revealed Festival which starts on April 28. Their repertoire ranged from the Camptown Races to Yellow Bird to Please Mr Postman. They also played with Blast Off, a band that meets at St Aidan’s School on Saturday mornings and is part of Harrogate Music Centre.
When pupils leave the primary schools, they are encouraged to join the Bridge, the Nidderdale Community Youth Band that represents pupils from Years 7, 8 and 9 at Pateley Bridge High School. The Bridge also took part in the concert, playing The Pink Panther , Colours of the Wind, the Flintstones and the theme from Mission Impossible.
The final musical pieces in the concert , the William Tell Overture, the Red-haired Boy and Do You Hear the People Sing , were played by children from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 from schools at Kirby Hill, Brafferton and Roecliffe who are part of the Boroughbridge Area Primary Orchestra.
In all there were around 150 young musicians, conducted by Stephen Price, taking part in the concert. Later around 50 members of the choirs of Ripon Grammar School, conducted by Ed Seymour, sang songs and anthems including Steal Away, Scarborough Fair and View Me Lord. The grand finale saw all the musicians and the choirs combining in a mash-up of Uptown and Happy.
The concert was arranged by the North Yorkshire Music Hub in collaboration with the cathedral and attracted an audience of around 200 people. A retiring collection was taken and split between the hub and the cathedral.