Music Success at Ballyclare High

By Ballyclare High School on 15 December, 2020


Ballyclare High School instrumentalists Amy Blackbourne, Sebastian Kidd and Emily Shiels have been selected from applicants from across the UK as members of the National Youth Concert Band for 2021.  The three pupils submitted audition videos in the autumn and just received their fantastic news in time for Christmas.

All 3 young musicians are dedicated members of Ballyclare High School Wind Band, Amy and Sebastian on saxophones and Emily on French Horn. The Wind Band won the Irish Association of Brass and Concert Bands National Championship in 2019 and qualified for the National Concert Band Festival finals in 2020.  This opportunity will allow these talented teens to make music alongside some of the best young musicians from across the UK.

The National Youth Concert Band residential course will take place in April 2021 at the Old Swinford Hospital School in Stourbridge, culminating with a final concert in the Elgar Hall at Birmingham University.