Last Sunday our Concert Band competed at the Hardraw Scar Entertainment Contest in Hawes. It was an absolutely beautiful day and the whole band was really excited to be back playing at one of their favourite competitions. Hardraw has been a staple feature of the Concert Band calendar for many years now and it was very disappointing for the band not to play at it last year due to oversubscription – so this year they were back with a vengeance.

As usual MD Mike Pratt put together a fantastic programme, which due to his infectious energy went down brilliantly with the audience. The programme featured the march “Imperial Echoes”, the beautiful cornet solo “Share my Yoke”, played beautifully by Emily Smith and the pop classic “My Way”. Their programme also featured a great new arrangement of the hymn tune Nearer my God to Thee, for which the band actually won the prize for best hymn – a huge achievement!

The band were absolutely delighted with how the performance on the day went and were even more delighted when they were awarded 3rd prize in their section!