Biography

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The Bournemouth Youth Handbell Team was formed in 2005 by its Musical Director, Cathy Beeby. Its members, aged 12-18, are from a variety of areas in Dorset. They have broadcast live on BBC Radio Solent, given Recitals and performed with Choral Societies in Bournemouth’s Pavilion Theatre, Wimborne Minster, Christchurch Priory & Poole’s Lighthouse Concert Hall. They hold consecutive Youth Ensemble Titles at the Bournemouth and New Milton Festivals.

Performances further afield include the Barbican Concert Hall London, London University’s Royal Holloway College, Wells Cathedral School and a Master class at Harper Adams University, Telford where the BYHT were selected to work with an American Conductor. The Team were delighted to be presented with the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performance Practice in the Ensemble Finals in 2014 at the National Festival of Music for Youth at the Birmingham Conservatoire and recently completed a highly successful 10th Anniversary Concert Tour to Milan, including two performances at the World EXPO Milano 2015.

In December 2016 the Team performed with the Barclays House Choir and St. Peter’s Orchestra and were invited in April 2017 to represent the South West of England in Concert at The Great Hall, Exeter University. They also performed with Verwood Concert Brass in December 2017, Tempo Brass and the Bournemouth School for Girls Chamber Choir in March 2018. They were selected this year out of more than 1200 entrants to perform as one of only thirty ensembles to compete in the Ensemble Category Finals in the Concert Hall of the new Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in the National Festival of Music for Youth. In November 2018, the team took part in the Massed Ensemble sponsored by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and SoundStorm, the Music Agency for Bournemouth & Poole. The Music for Youth Prom Concert took place in November and the BYHT had a pivotal rôle in the work “Symphony 125” composed by James Redwood from themes suggested by the young musicians of Bournemouth and Poole. Their solo cadenza linked two sections in the piece and gave the Team (along with 550 young musicians) the challenge of playing a complex ten-minute piece entirely from memory!

There are already plans on the table for further performances at the end of 2018 and into 2019.

For further information, please contact us on 07900 511016 or by email: catherinembeeby@gmail.com

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