A charity music event in support of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust and to encourage music development in local schools.
Harpenden Public Halls Saturday 5 April 2014
Band members from all three Harpenden senior schools were winners at the Battle of the Bands 2014 event in Harpenden Public Halls. The youngest band, The Whales, from St George’s School, whose members are aged 12 and 13, won the prize for ‘Best Cover Performance’. Godfrey, with band members from both Roundwood Park School and Sir John Lawes School, won the award for ‘Best Original Composition and Performance’ (Band of Bands 2014). The other bands taking part were ATLAS and Threshold both from Roundwood Park School, the Blue Tongued Skinks from Beaumont School St Albans, and Red Horizon from St George’s School.
In addition to celebrity presenter Georgia Horsley and judges Harry Judd, Chantal Abel, Edd Gibson and Ed MacFarlane, the audience of over 320 were treated to a surprise guest appearance by another of Harry Judd’s McFly/McBusted band mates Danny Jones, who joined the judging panel; Danny and Georgia are engaged to be married.
The judging was done X Factor style, with presenter Georgia inviting each band to the front of the stage after their performance to receive their feedback. The judges complimented all of the bands on outstanding performances and said that it had been very difficult to choose the winners. In his concluding remarks Harry Judd said that the judges had enjoyed the event so much that they would love to return for another Battle of the Bands in 2015!
All photos courtesy of Cara Burton Photography
The event was organised by Harpenden Lions with Izzy and Harry Judd to raise money for the Eyes Alight Appeal for the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT). The money raised will go towards new facilities at Kent House in Aylesbury, a specialist residential centre providing continuing rehabilitation and specialist care and support for people with acquired brain injury. Preliminary estimates are that a sum of nearly £3,500 was raised for the charity.
The Eyes Alight appeal was set up by Izzy and her family after her brother Rupert Johnston suffered serious brain injury in a near fatal car accident. Rupert, who is a resident at Kent House, attended Battle of the Bands with his carer, celebrated his birthday on Saturday and was treated to a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday from the audience before drawing the winning raffle prize numbers.
Our grateful thanks to everyone who took part- bands, celebrity presenter and judges, audience and all our helpers – we couldn’t have done it without you!
The Bands: 6 youth bands competed to win amazing prizes for the ‘Best Original Composition and Performance’ and for the ‘Best Cover Performance’. The music departments in the 3 Harpenden senior schools nominated 5 of the bands (our thanks to Roundwood Park, Sir John Lawes and St George’s). The 6th band (Blue Tongued Skinks) are from Beaumont School, St Albans. All band members are full time students and aged 18 or under.
Eyes Alight: The Eyes Alight appeal raises money for men and women with brain injuries who use the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust’s (BIRT) services and community houses. Volunteers from the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust will be present with an information stall and to explain the work of the charity.
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