Musicians blow their own trumpets

Some of the successful students from the Belford Music Association.
Some of the successful students from the Belford Music Association.

MUSICIANS from a north Northumberland village had a clean sweep in their recent exams.

Twenty four students including two adults were recently entered by Belford Music Association for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Practical Musicianship exams. Everyone passed and there were four merits and one distinction.

There was a wide range of instruments offered including piano, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet and violin.

Two notable passes were adult Joy Burton, who attained a merit having only been playing the flute for six weeks, while 10-year-old Jordan Lawson had only been playing clarinet since Christmas and attained a good pass in her exam.

The exams took place at St Mary’s C of E Middle School in Belford, which boasts an exceptionally vibrant musical ethos.

The Belford Community Orchestra meets there every Tuesday at 8.45am to rehearse for the concerts it gives in the area.

Almost half of the children at the school play specialist musical instruments.

The music association said special thanks must go to instrumental teachers Ian Chadwick, Julie Parkin, Julia Frost and Hilda Holwell, who put in so much extra time and effort.Thanks also to Eric Gassner who helped prepare the students and accompanied them on the day. It congratulated all of those who took exams for keeping Belford’s annual 100 per cent pass rate going.

The next concert is planned for Wednesday, July 20, at 6.30pm at the middle school. All are welcome.