Trinity’s Symphonic Wind Orchestra performed at the final stage of the National Concert Band Festival (NCBF) last weekend and we are thrilled to announced students achieved their second Platinum Award, the highest possible award. 

A total of 49 of the country’s very best wind bands and jazz bands performed over the two-day festival, hosted by Warwick School. Our Symphonic Wind Orchestra had already achieved a Platinum Award at the Regionals last November, in its inaugural performance at the NCBF. 

Their stellar performance last weekend featured captivating renditions of Philip Sparke’s To a New Dawn and Moment for Morricone arranged by the Johan de Meij.  

The performance featured beautiful solos from students Keyur (flute), Boaz (horn), Daniel and Gabriel (trumpet), Ayan (oboe) and Finn (clarinet).  

The adjudicators, Simone Rebello and ­Paul Hornsby commented that the playing was ‘very exciting with lots of energy and character’. They also said the band ‘played with full commitment and vitality throughout’. The purpose of adjudication at the NCBF is to measure the band’s attempt to achieve a particular level of performance, and not to make comparisons between two different bands’ performance.   

The Platinum Award recognises the highest standard across Tone, Tuning, Balance & Blend, Dynamics, Rhythm, Accuracy & Ensemble, Articulation and Phrasing, Style and Interpretation and Improvisation. This second Platinum Award is not just a testament to the band’s exceptional talent, but also to their dedication, perseverance, and collaborative spirit. Congratulations to everyone involved. 


The National Concert Band Festival is the UK’s largest wind band and big band festival offering performance opportunities via non-competitive festivals. There are a series of regional festivals all over the country, culminating in a national festival with the top performing groups invited to perform.    

The National Concert Band Festival celebrates and promotes the music and activities of wind bands and jazz bands and aims to provide unique performing opportunities in a friendly, welcoming and musically enriching environment. 

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