The ISB at the 'Rink' was for many years an iconic occasion, so it was good to be back for a weekend in February. Some of the old elements were back, the Saturday concert, many ISB family members present, marching out into Oxford Street. As always a lot of new music was featured over the weekend and Regent Hall sections supported in an excellent way.
However, an innovation for the Saturday was the inclusion of a Youth event. A group of some 60 players spent time in rehearsal with Bandmaster Stephen Cobb, and also in-group tuition with members of the ISB.
Following the interval in the Saturday concert, 'Youth Brass' joined with the ISB for several items to kick off the second half. What a great opportunity this was for these young players to play with the ISB in such an historic venue. This innovative addition made the weekend both an exciting and an encouraging time for all.