Kira represents UK in US band contest

Kira Roberts in action with the Lincolnshire Army Cadet band on St George's Day.
Kira Roberts in action with the Lincolnshire Army Cadet band on St George's Day.

A teenager from Alford was the only ‘Brit’ to challenge some of America’s best in a brass band championship held in the USA.

Kira Roberts fulfilled one of her dreams when she competed as a soloist with her euphonium in the the North American Brass Band Championship in Indiana.

The 15-year-old, who plays with the Lincolnshire Army Cadet band, was up against musicians from acclaimed US bands, and was ‘delighted’ to come third in the Youth Brass Solo Championship with her rendition of ‘Rhapsody for Euphonium’ by James Curnow.

“I chose the piece as it enabled me to demonstrate my technical side and slow melodic musical ability,” said Kira. “This was my first competition and most of the other 20 or so musicians were older than me. Despite my nerves, I must have impressed the judges, who gave me a 91/100 score. That was enough for third place.”

Kira’s planning for the event started in January, 2015, and involved closely liaising with family friends living in the USA.

“Travelling alone to the States was a big ordeal for me, but competing against some of America’s best was far more terrifying,” she admitted.

Kira first took an interest in music at age nine. Her mum played in bands around the Alford area and Kira sometimes joined in with her tambourine. She progressed to the cornet, but it was when the family acquired a cherished second-hand euphonium that there was no turning back.

Kiri also performs regularly in the Alford Silver Band.

Having witnessed the American lifestyle, she is now keen to study there.

“I really enjoyed my time in the States and have an ambition to study for a Doctor of Music Degree in Euphonium, a qualification not currently available in the UK,” she said.

l Lincolnshire Army Cadet band is looking for more members. Call 07930 8262051.