PUPILS AT Saddleworth School were treated to a unique musical spectacle as the talented Guards Brass Ensemble performed there during their first ever visit to the North West.
The ensemble of excellence was set in 2008 and is made up of elite brass players from the five Foot Guards Regimental bands in the British Army, who perform at concerts and on radio around the country.
Garrath Beckwith, head of music at Saddleworth School, arranged the special visit through his friend Gavin Hall, principal trumpet from the Grenadier Guards.
The group, which includes 10 brass players and two percussionists along with conductor Captain Andrew Porter, spent a day at Saddleworth School performing and teaching the young musicians.
They started the day by performing to all the school’s instrumental students as well as children from Delph Primary, Holy Trinity Dobcross, St chads, Diggle Primary.
Captain Porter said to pupils: “I hope you go away as inspired and enthused as I was when I first heard brass band music in school in Northern Ireland.”
The musicians spent time with individuals and groups to deliver masterclasses and workshops for different instruments as well as the school’s 10-piece brass group and quintet.
Finally, there was a student showcase and concert performance from the Guards Brass Ensemble to finish the day.
Mr Beckwith said: “It is a real once in a lifetime opportunity to welcome such phenomenal musicians. It is part of our initiative to get live music into school to inspire the pupils.
“I can remember my first music experience at Delph Primary school and it was fantastic. Hopefully this will give a lot of these young children something to remember and the inspiration to go on to do something with music.”