Dark Peak Intermediate Wind Band achieved a Gold Award at the national final of the NCBF at the Royal Northern College of Music.

It was an early start for the Dark Peak Intermediate Wind Band who were performing at the national final of the prestigious National Concert Band Festival, one of the biggest festivals of its kind in the world.

The invitation came following their successful appearance at the regional festival in November and the players were determined to give their best ever performance …  and they certainly did the music centre proud, impressing the adjudicators Gererd Booth and Simone Rebello, who commented particularly on their confidence, ensemble skills and superb section work.

Opening with a lively flamenco dance “La Caracola” they moved onto an evocative tone poem “The Painted Desert” both by Philip Spark. After a foray into the world of film music with “The Great Escape” they concluded with a rousing finale “Celtic Air and Dance” by Michael Sweeney.

The music centre was represented this year at NCBF by our younger ensemble, with an upper age of 14. And judging by the amount of talent and commitment on display we have great things to look forward to in the years to come.

Pictures from the event are on our Gallery Page and a YouTube video of their performance is now published on the Dark Peak channel: