Bourne band Albion wins music competition

Bourne band Albion are through to the final of the MMG Battle of the Bands competition after winning their regional final. The delighted young musicians are, from left, Sam Harding, George Ramsay, Harry Preen, Caleb Carver and Richard Gledhill
Bourne band Albion are through to the final of the MMG Battle of the Bands competition after winning their regional final. The delighted young musicians are, from left, Sam Harding, George Ramsay, Harry Preen, Caleb Carver and Richard Gledhill

An indie band from Bourne won a prestigious battle of the bands contest to make it into the finals of a national competition.

Albion, made up of five pupils from Bourne Grammar School and Bourne Academy, won the judges votes at the East Midlands final of the MMG Battle of Bands on July 27.

The band is made up of Harry Preen, 17, on vocals, George Ramsay, 17, on lead guitar, Richard Gledhill, 17, on rhythm guitar, Sam Harding, 16 on bass guitar and Caleb Carver, 16, on drums.

The regional final, held at The Shed in Leicester, featured six bands ranging from punk rock to light entertainment.

Albion won over both the crowd and the judges and were awarded a prize of recording time at Time Curly Lead Recording Studios, 50 copies of their next release, a large banner bearing their logo, a guitar pedal, guitar amp, guitar survival pack, drum vouchers and Albion T-shirts made up.

Sam said: “Winning was a big shock. We knew we had done well but we were not sure how the judges would take it.

“The whole crowd and all our friends in the audience went crazy when our name was announced. It was amazing.

“We surprised ourselves really because we have not been together all that long so to succeed like this is great.”

Albion formed early this year and their battle of the bands performance was their biggest to date. But the five piece will perform live at Grimsthorpe Festival on August 26.

The band’s success has been hard-earned. To perform at the battle of the bands Sam flew back from his holiday in Venice early and came straight from the airport to the final, Richard drove from France to Leicester a few days earlier than planned and Harry and his family delayed their holiday in order to give Albion a chance at victory

The national final will be held at Marshall Amplification headquarters in Milton Keynes next year, with a recording contract at stake.