“Three of our ensembles have been selected from the regional festivals to appear in the national finals, “explains Rachel Brooks, Head of Music at the school. “We take part in the festival every year. The standard of the competition is very high, so it’s exceptionally rare for any school in the country to have more than two ensembles go through to the final stage. It’s testament to the talent, hard work and dedication of our students that we have been awarded this opportunity, and we are all very proud and excited.”
The three St John Fisher ensembles taking part in the national event are the Concert Band, a massed, combined choir featuring students from years 7 – 13, and the Senior Jazz Orchestra.
Nigel Beetles, Assistant Head and Head of Performing Arts at St John Fisher, added, “We encourage all our pupils to get involved in the opportunities that music and the arts offer, both in and outside of school. This includes participation in a number of regional, national and international performance related events. The National Music for Youth Festival is one of the major highlights in the music education calendar and brings together 12,000 of the country’s most exciting performers, so it will be a valuable experience for everyone.”