NYBB Children's Band Impresses at Wells

The Summer course of the National Childrens Band of Great Britain concluded on Friday with its traditional end of course concert held at Wells Cathedral. Of the 60 youngsters taking part in the week’s musical and recreational activities around 12 made their final appearance with the band this year, in contrast with 22 newcomers all enjoying their first experience. Guest MD Russell Gray announced, "We have had a brilliant time. I count everyone as friends now and it has been amazing to see how they have all developed in the past week." 
The concert was also the perfect opportunity for recognising the individual achievements of members of the band with awards given to principal cornet Nayan Shah (pictured) who held the position for a second successive course. George Hall claimed the Betty Anderson Award as principal horn and the William Paterson Memorial award for the euphonium went to Rosa Shepherd. The ‘Conductor’s Award’ for the section showing most dedication to improvement was awarded to the trombones, who impressed with guest soloist Karianne Flatene Nilssen in ‘Blades of Toledo’. The 'Outstanding Player' accolade, chosen by Russell and his team of tutors to the player who had contributed so much to the band in all aspects during the course, went to Noah Mallinson.  
CEO Mark Bromley spoke of his pride regarding what had been achieved during the week, from the inspirational leadership of Russell Gray and his team of tutors to the pastoral staff who provided essential support. He also thanked supporters of the NYBBGB Bursary Scheme for providing financial assistance of over £11,000 to help youngsters to attend the annual courses and confirmed that the 2023 course will be led by Mareika Gray.  
Information about the application process can be found at: https://www.nybbgb.org.uk/join


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