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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Ulverston bands have built a massive reputation

MUSIC and Ulverston Victoria High School are synonymous.

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MUSICIANS Sam Carr from Year 11 and Beth Godfrey from Year 12

UVHS musicians perform across Europe, the country, and most importantly, in the heart of Ulverston.

The Big Band was judged to be the best school band in the country, and the renowned Wind and Swing bands are held in equally high regard.

Music is now so big at UVHS that the school is too small to hold its sell-out music concerts, because there are so many students performing and so many in the audience.

UVHS regularly features on the bill at the Coronation Hall as it needs capacity for 600 people and a stage for 100 musicians.

The Wind Band alone has 90 to 100 musicians.

This year UVHS musicians have already performed with the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines

Richard Butler, head of performing arts at UVHS, said: “We have managed to build a massive reputation. Although we are charity, we do a lot for local charities.

“We help raise tens of thousands of pounds for other charities.”

The Wind Band is going on a European tour to Lake Garda in Italy this summer.

Head boy Sam Carr, who plays the tuba and trombone, and is a member of the Wind, Swing and Big bands, brass ensemble, and choir, said: “I love being in the school bands and playing music.

“The Swing Band does a lot of gigs, there is the Jazz Combo which people can hire for their weddings, and we perform at the festivals and Christmas concerts.

“Lake Garda will be good fun and a good experience.”

Beth Godfrey, 17, is also heading to Lake Garda.

The sixth former plays flute, piano and sings.

She is a member of the Wind, Swing, and Little Big bands, the Jazz Combo, the senior flute choir and choir.

Beth is part of the Primary Music Tuition Scheme, where senior students teach primary children to play instruments.

“It’s a good experience because I’m planning to study music at university. I have been though the scheme myself so it’s good to be teaching now,” she said.

“It’s a really good feeling coming up through the bands.”

l UVHS has benefited from a contribution from the North-West Evening Mail to sponsor the band’s keyboards for two years.

The funding will buy one stage electric piano for concerts, and pay for the repair of other keyboards in school.

Mr Butler said it meant more students would be able to learn to play the piano in school.

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