Earlier this year, with wonderful support from the St Helens Music Hub, Arts Council England & Championship section ‘Rainford Band’, young brass and percussion players from throughout the borough of St Helens were invited to join current members of St Helens Youth Brass Band in an all-day brass and percussion workshop. The aim was to demonstrate what can be achieved with hard work, commitment and dedication. Throughout the day, pieces were prepared to perform at an evening concert at Rainford Village Hall in front of local businesses, organisations, parents and younger siblings. The aim was to promote the playing of music in the area and to inspire younger people to join an organisation such as St Helens Youth Brass Band.

Merton Bank School in St Helens hosted the daytime event which including sectional workshops and also massed bands for young people aged from 8 to 18 yrs. As you can see from the photographs, the sections were led by the principal players and percussionists from Rainford band, helping the young people not only develop a great team spirit, but also to have fun and a memorable experience.

In the evening, the audience were treated to performances from the different age groups as well as a joint concert with the Rainford Band where they performed pieces such as James Bond’s ‘Skyfall’, and the theme from Gladiator, as well as local favourite ‘When the Saints come Marching In’.

It was an amazingly inspiring evening where everybody performed beyond expectation, the roof was raised and young faces were glowing with a sense of achievement and pride.