TELFORD SCHOOL INVITATION TO NATIONAL FESTIVAL School Band members from the Abraham Darby Specialist School for the Performing Arts, Madeley, Telford arrived at their usual Saturday Morning College to receive the news that all five senior bands had received the coveted invitations to participate at the National Festival of Music for Youth which will be held in Birmingham this coming July. The National Festival for Music for Youth is being held in Birmingham this year as a result of extensive refurbishment work that is being undertaken at the Royal Festival Hall, London. It will be for the eighth consecutive year that there has been representation from the school at this prestigious event. This year the Showband, Jazz Band, Senior Brass Band, Senior Woodwind Ensemble and for the first time the smaller Brass Group, will be attending at the National Festival that will be staged at the Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Birmingham Conservatoire. The invitation follows the Regional Qualifying Heat that was held at the Hemsworth Community College, Wakefield in March. All bands will be looking forward to taking part in the Festival, and will now approach a busy rehearsal period ahead. In previous years the school has been presented with many Outstanding Performance and Highly Commended Awards, with the Showband having achieved an Outstanding Performance Award four times in five years, the last three having being obtained in consecutive years. The Jazz Band has also achieved a number of Outstanding Performance and Highly Commended Awards in previous years in the School National Jazz Band Festival. The Senior Woodwind on their previous last visit to the National Festival were presented with a Highly Commended Award. Simon Platford, the School’s Director of Performing Arts said “that he was extremely, delighted and honoured that the school has received an invitation yet again, and that this represents a remarkable achievement and is a testament to the many hours of hard work and dedication of all the band members both present and past. It continues the sustained success that has been enjoyed by the school bands over many years”.