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‘Bright’, ‘exciting’, ‘punchy’ and ‘a real sense of style’ – just some of the fantastic comments from the judges following Wyvern Soul Band’s stunning performance at this year’s Music for Youth Festival in Birmingham. The Band continued Wyvern’s strong tradition of being selected to appear at this prestigious Festival of the UK’s leading young musicians, with the College’s Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Choir all having made appearances in recent years.


Featuring in the Rock, Pop, Funk and Soul category, the Band gave superb renditions of ‘Hold On, I’m Comin’’ by Sam and Dave, ‘Don’t Lose Your Steam’ by Gregory Porter, ‘Blame It On The Boogie’ by The Jackson 5 and ‘Proud Mary’ by Ike & Tina Turner. Band members also enjoyed an inspirational workshop with the Royal Northern College of Music Session Orchestra.


The Band rehearses with the legendary Geoff Lai every Tuesday evening, with new members this year including Christian Wood (vocals), Lucy Bricknell (vocals), Marcus Childs (keyboard), and Matthew Knight (trumpet). Long-serving members are Matilda Bell (vocals) who has been in the band since Year 8 and is leaving us this year, Elijah Jeffery (vocals and guitar) who again is leaving us this year, Oz Gorst (drums), Elliot Bird (bass guitar) and the ‘dancing boys’ horn section Toby Saunders (sax), Tom Gregory (trumpet) and Harvey Parsons (trombone), all of whom are moving on this year.


Reflecting on another great musical event, Bryan Postlethwaite, Wyvern’s Head of Music, said, “The Band wowed the audience at the Festival and should be so proud of their performance. We will miss the incredibly talented Year 11s who are moving on but I’m always amazed at how the Band quickly regenerates with fresh players and we look forward to continued success next year.”




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