On Thursday the 22nd of March, the Blue Coat School in Oldham held a concert in aid of its new Lodge Music facilities. Their special guests for the night were the Sellers International Band, conducted by Phillip McCann, who gave their services for free to support this worthy cause. The Lodge (the old gatehouse) is in a current state of disrepair and the aim of the concert was to raise much needed funds to renovate it into a full suite of practice rooms and peripatetic rooms for the schools music department as well as dedicated workrooms for the sixth form music students, something which is badly needed at the school. Highlights of the evening which attracted a full house included the Sellers International Bands soloists; Leah Williams (Over the Rainbow), Ben Croombs (Helter Skelter) and the bands performances of an “American Trilogy”, the trombone feature “Temptress for Trombones”, “Hornpipe Humoresque” and “Glorifico Aeternum” whilst the schools musicians displayed their considerable musical talents to great effect with the jazz orchestra, barbershop quartet, brass band and choir each giving wonderful performances that brought the house down. Special mentions must also go to the schools trombone soloist, Matthew Edwardson, who demonstrated enormous potential in his performance Saint-Saen’s “Cavatine” as well as the schools two euphonium players; Adam O’Neill and Tom Buckley who both gave performances which belied their youthful years in the “Lament” from Peter Graham’s arrangement of “Cry of the Celts”, performed as a massed band finale. The concert was the brainchild of the Bluecoat School’s Head of Music, Leah Williams, who is also, of course, the Solo Horn player for Sellers International. She was ably supported by the other members of the music department; James Fieldhouse, Jill Roberts and Angela Fitzpatrick. The concert raised in excess of £2000 towards the renovations.