Over 100 musicians and students from all parts of the Isle of Man are looking forward to the visit to the Island, in Manx National Week, of the Band of the Grenadier Guards.
On the morning of Wednesday 3 July the Band will deliver a youth music workshop at QEII High School in Peel. Participants in the workshop will include the QEII High School Wind Band and players of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments from other secondary schools who are taught by the Isle of Man Music Service. In total around 60 young musicians are expected to benefit from this experience. The workshop will conclude with a short performance by the Band of the Grenadier Guards for an invited audience.
The youth community workshop has been organised by Mr John Kinley, Assistant Head at QEII High School and conductor of the school’s Wind Band, with the support of the Isle of Man Music Service, the Arts Council and the Clerk of Tynwald’s Office.
In the evening the Band will provide marching training at Ballakermeen High School for members of adult community brass bands. At least 20 participants are expected including members of Onchan Silver Band, who traditionally head the Schools Parade on Tynwald Day, and members of other brass bands from around the Island. There is still time for more participants to sign up – all the brass bands in the Island are invited! While on site at Ballakermeen High School, the Band has also kindly agreed to provide instruction to the 30 to 40 students who will form the School’s contingent within the Schools Parade on Tynwald Day.
This evening session has been organised by Onchan Silver Band with the support of the Arts Council, Ballakermeen High School and the Clerk of Tynwald’s Office.
The Hon Steve Rodan OBE, President of Tynwald, said: “To have a band of the calibre of the Grenadier Guards here is absolutely tremendous. I am delighted that Tynwald has been able to assist with these initiatives, which are of significant value to musicians young and old in all parts of the Isle of Man, to Tynwald, and to the Island as a whole.”
Mr John Kinley, Assistant Head at QEII High School, and conductor of the school’s Wind Band,said:
“I am extremely grateful to the Band of the Grenadier Guards for agreeing to include a visit to QEII High School in their busy programme, and I am delighted to have been able to co-operate with Juan Wright, Head of Brass and Percussion at the Isle of Man Music Service, in order to extend this opportunity to musicians from other schools. To work with musicians from a visiting professional ensemble such as the Band of the Grenadier Guards will be inspirational to the students and will help them to continue to develop their musicianship well into the future.”
Major Michael Smith BA(Mus) LRSM CAMUS, Director of Music, Grenadier Guards Band, said:
“The Band of the Grenadier Guards is very much looking forward to working alongside the musicians of the Isle of Man, young and old, in the days leading up to Tynwald Day. As part of our role to help inspire others to enjoy music, and to encourage them to develop their skills, events such as the youth music workshop at QEII High School, and the marching practice with the Onchan Silver Band, are by far the best way of achieving this. They are also an excellent way of raising awareness of Army music as a potential career path.”
Notes for editors
1. The Band of the Grenadier Guards has been filling the streets with music and colour for over three centuries, a truly historic sound and sight. It has served 15 monarchs over 325 years with dedication and pride. It has been present at all the major royal occasions: births, coronations, weddings and funerals. Recent engagements include the Trooping of the Colour and the State Visit of the President of the United States of America.
2. The QEII High School Wind Band was formed in September 2014 by John Kinley. From an initial gathering of about 12 students, the band now boasts 38 student members ranging in age from 11 to 18 plus a small group of adult ‘helpers’ drawn from the school’s teaching staff, governing body and friends from within the Island’s music community. The majority of the students receive tuition from the IOM DESC Music Service and are encouraged to join the band to support their wider musical development as they approach grade 1 standard.
3. The band regularly performs in school concerts and other events. It has competed regularly in the Manx Music Festival since 2015 and has consistently been awarded a distinction for its performance. The band also regularly visits QEII’s partner primary schools in the West of the Island. The band hopes to complete its first concert tour in 2020 with a trip Belgium.
4. A limited number of accredited journalists may be allowed access to part of the youth music workshop. Please contact Jonathan King in the first instance.
5. The youth music workshop and the community band marching training have been made possible through the support of the Isle of Man Arts Council.
Picture caption: QEII High School Wind Band conducted by John Kinley, pictured in April 2019
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Deputy Clerk of Tynwald
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Telephone: 01624 685500
Date of issue: 25 June 2019