Scaling the heights

THREE young musicians are following in the footsteps of leading trumpet player Alison Balsom by accepting a place at a highly acclaimed music school. Royston Town Band members and Greneway pupils, Hollie Woodley, James Richardson, and Barnaby Jordan, have

THREE young musicians are following in the footsteps of leading trumpet player Alison Balsom by accepting a place at a highly acclaimed music school.

Royston Town Band members and Greneway pupils, Hollie Woodley, James Richardson, and Barnaby Jordan, have sealed a week-long placement at Queenswood School in Brookmans Park over the Easter holiday.

While there, they will get to use top-of-the range facilities and learn from music tutors.

Hollie's mum Corinne said: "This is going to help them so much. It's a huge achievement and they have worked very hard to get this opportunity.


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"They have put in a lot of practice, both at home and with the Royston Town Band, who have been really supportive.

"Our whole family is proud of Hollie's achievement."

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The youngsters were chosen after a series of nationwide auditions, from which Hollie was selected for the National Children's Wind Orchestra, and James and Barnaby chosen for the National Children's Wind Symphonia.

Twelve-year-old Hollie, who plays the cornet, will now play with the orchestra at the Royal College of Music in London and the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music.

She said: "I was really pleased when I found out, and I'm looking forward to the concerts.

"I have played with Alison Balsom in the Royston Town Band and I hope that I can do just as well as she has.

"Getting a place in the National Children's Wind Orchestra is a really big step for me."

Eleven-year-old James said he was surprised to have been accepted, and that he would have to practice a lot more, as the trombone was one of the hardest instruments to play.

Jazz fan Barnaby, 11, said: "I'm really proud to have been given a place.

"I love music, and when I'm older I would like to be a professional musician. Being at the music school will help me a lot."

Greneway music teacher Stewart Debenham added: "This is a very big achievement and the school is very proud of them. They are all very talented musicians."

- Hollie, James, and Barnaby are now seeking sponsorship for their placements.

Anyone who would like to help or has any fundraising ideas, should contact Corinne Woodley on 07834 970789.

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