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Four Counties Youth Orchestra and Brass Band

St John’s Music Department were pleased that a record number of pupils attended the Four Counties (RCT, Merthyr, Bridgend and Caerphilly) Youth Orchestra, Wind Band and Brass Band course held over four days during the Christmas holidays. The Four Counties Youth groups are the next step up from County Youth Ensemble level, and are seen as a step towards National Youth Ensembles. All of the pupils have benefitted from expert tuition at County level from Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr Tydfil Music Services, which has allowed them to progress to this next stage.

Pupils took part in rehearsals at the Urdd Centre in Cardiff Bay and performed in a joint Orchestra, Wind Band and Brass Band concert at City Hall Cardiff. The concert culminated in a fantastic performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, with a total of 156 players.


Congratulations to Alice Griffiths,Year 9, who has been selected to participate in the:

· Wales U15 National Development Squad Camp (girls football)

· Wales U17/U19 Training Camp (girls football)

We would like to congratulate her on her selection and wish her well for the two training camps. Good luck Alice!