Concert a part of partnership

HUNDREDS of music fans packed a Blyth school hall to hear one of the country’s best brass bands perform.

The Reg Vardy Band, which has represented England in the brass band World Championships, gave a rousing concert at Bede Academy to around 400 people.

The performance was part of a developing relationship with the academy, whose student musicians are to be given the opportunity to take part in masterclasses run by the region’s top players.

The band started life as the Craghead Colliery Band in 1910, providing recreational activity for miners in the County Durham village.

Later known as the Ever Ready Band, it grew into the Reg Vardy Band after signing a sponsorship agreement with the north east motor dealer group in 2003.

Sir Peter Vardy, former sponsor of Bede Academy, has continued to support the band through his Vardy Foundation since 2006.

The Bede Academy concert included pieces by Verdi, Bizet, Glenn Miller and The Beatles.

Gwyneth Evans, principal at the academy, said: “It is always an honour to welcome the Reg Vardy Band and our audience enjoyed a tremendous evening of musical talent.

“The band has a busy schedule of practice and performances so we were delighted that they were able once again to come and play for the academy and the people of Blyth.”