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Big Band at Music for Youth National Festival

MFY big band 2016

On Friday 8th July, just 24 hours after returning from the Barcelona tour, the RSA Big Band performed at the Music for Youth National Festival at Birmingham Town Hall.

The band played 3 pieces: ‘What Were You Thinking’, ‘My Funny Valentine’ and ‘Back to the Basement’.  They performed extremely well and received some excellent feedback from the adjudicators.

Getting through to the National Festival is a big achievement as only 300 groups of the 1600 groups who performed in the Regional festivals nationwide were put through. From the 300 groups that performed at the National Festival just 30 will be chosen for the Schools’ Proms in November. We will have to wait till August to see if the Big Band is amongst the chosen ones.

Well done to all the performers (soloists indicated with a *):


  • Andrew Martin* – flute
  • Natalie Crook*, Jane Earland & Alice Riches – alto saxes
  • Esme Butler Davies* & Kim Jeffs – tenor saxes
  • Holly Barnett – baritone sax
  • Molly Sykes*, Sophie Burleigh, Maddie Oakland, Josh Watson – trumpets
  • Joe Horspool* & Tom Jenkins – trombones
  • Taylor Burton* – piano
  • Jake Cartwright* – guitar
  • Jake Bentley – bass guitar
  • Jonny Nicholson – drum kit
  • Lyle Burton – auxiliary percussion

To listen to the performance, please click on the uploaded files of the three pieces which were:




  • ‘Back to the Basement’ by Erik Morales, featuring Taylor Burton (piano), Andrew Martin (flute) and Jake Cartwright (guitar)