A STEEL band from a school in Thornbury will take their music to the continent next month as they prepare for a tour of Brittany.

Members of The Castle School’s band Panache are set to travel across the channel in July, where they will perform and run workshops in a number of villages as part of the twelfth tour in the long running history of the band.

The 12 students, aged between 14 and 16, will enjoy their time away from the usual performances at weddings, fairs and concerts, in a rather traditional atmosphere as they stay in a converted windmill.

Sophie Whitfield, who plays single second pan in the band, said “I really enjoy playing in Panache and I’m looking forward to going to Brittany. It’s going to be a great experience.”

The band’s musical director, Gill Holmes, said “I have been impressed by the players’ commitment and team work. They love performing and want to share their passion for steel band music.

“Playing in Brittany will give them a chance to use their French and give them an insight into the culture. They enjoy working with children and are looking forward to teaching at the primary school in Kergrist.

“We would really like to thank our sponsors Thornbury Rotary Club, Linela and Enigma Securities as this trip will add to the many links which The Castle School has with other countries.”