BBC Young Musician of The Year Brass Finalist Signs For Aldbourne

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    Aldbourne Band is delighted to have been able to sign 14 year old trombonist Stephen Sykes as their principal trombone. The name is no co-incidence as Stephen is the eldest son of Steve and Joanne Sykes, and one of a very talented family.

    BBC Young Musician of the Year

    Stephen, an up and coming brass star has recently progressed through to the BBC Young Musician brass final. Stephen was a member for 2004 as principal trombone of the National Childrens Orchestra and is already in his second year as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of GB. Stephen has performed regularly as a soloist at both concerts and festivals and is a past winner of the Concerto section of the prestigious Bath International Music Festival, and also was featured as soloist at the Trinity College of Music showcase at the Greenwich Theatre.

    Royal Academy of Music

    In the autumn of 2005 Stephen was invited to become a member of the Royal Academy of Music in London at the request of Ian Bousfield, Principal Trombone with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Professor of Trombone at the RAM where he will receive guidance from the trombone department and in particular Ian Bousfield when he visits from Vienna.

    Yeovil Contest

    Stephen has been playing at Aldbourne since late last year, and made his debut as a soloist with the Band at their concert last weekend playing as a featured soloist. Stephen’s first contest was the recent Yeovil Entertainment Contest where Stephen undoubtedly helped Aldbourne to 7th placing from the 15 Bands, :clap: taking many scalps in a line-up of higher ranked bands. This was a good achievement for the band in their first year back in the Championship Section and something to build on as the Band prepares for the Regionals with Journey to the Centre of the Earth and Harmony Music in the Senior Cup in May.

    Next Performance

    In the Band’s next concert Stephen will be one of the featured soloists at St Michael’s Church, Aldbourne on Sunday 19th Feb, 7pm.

    Further details of this concert and all news items are available from the Band Web-site:

    Rob Williams
    Aldbourne Band
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