Band members make the grade

Alford Silver Band (l to r) Kira Roberts,  Olivia Willey, Phoebe Willey, Thomas Brook and  Rebecca Wilkinson.
Alford Silver Band (l to r) Kira Roberts, Olivia Willey, Phoebe Willey, Thomas Brook and Rebecca Wilkinson.
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Five talented young players who are learning their skills with the Alford Silver Band have enjoyed success recently in the grade examinations of the Associated Boards of Music.

The five, all members of the band’s well-established training programme, celebrated success at various levels. Thomas Brook and sisters Olivia and Phoebe Willey were successful in achieving grade 4 on the cornet, whilst Kira Roberts gained a distinction in her grade 3 euphonium examination and Rebecca Wilkinson achieved grade 2 on the cornet.

Band chairman Martin Briggs said: “We have a well established training programme which is designed to teach youngsters to develop musical skills and to play a brass instrument at minimal cost. They also benefit from the self-discipline necessary to be a member of a band. And they have a lot of fun into the bargain.

“We don’t insist that the trainees take the Associated Board examinations, but we will encourage them and help them if they decide to do so.”

Tuition in the training programme costs just £1 per week, with the band loaning an instrument to the trainee.

“By loaning them an instrument, it means that the trainees can try several different instruments to find out what they like playing best,” added Martin. “That way, their parents don’t have to commit to a great expense, only for the young person to give up music later.”

The programme caters for the absolute beginner and will then develop them through the training band until they are ready to progress into the professionally directed main band.

The training programme is not restricted to young people and includes a number of more mature players who have decided to learn a musical instrument later in life.

More information, can be obtained from the band secretary, Jane Taylor on 01507 466330, email secretary@alfordsilverband.co.uk or visit www.alfordsilverband.co.uk