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More success for top trombonist

March 30th, 2015

091408wA talented trombonist is hitting all the right notes in the world of classical music.

Rhiannon, a pupil at Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls, performed as a guest soloist of the Stroud Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, March 21.

The 17-year-old played the Rimsky-Korsakov Trombone Concerto to great acclaim.

Her mum, Kristyann, said: “They were most impressed with her professionalism, maturity, sound and musicality and were quite convinced that she must have graduated from the joint course at Manchester University and the Royal Northern College of Music already rather than not yet started!”

Rhiannon has also been appointed Principal Euphonium for the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Wales for 2015 – an achievement in itself if it were her first study instrument, but even more so given euphonium is her second study.

She takes up the position this weekend when they are in residence at HMSG for the week.

The final concert will be at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on Easter Saturday.

Kristyann added: “I’m delighted that she was also a part of the euphonium section of her local Pillowell Silver Band who won the West of England Regional Championships in Torquay a couple of weeks ago, not least because it’s the band I also play with but it’s a real privilege to see Rhiannon contributing musically to the local music scene.”

Next term, Rhiannon is set to take on three other concerto solos and has been asked by the National Youth Orchestra of Wales to play the all-important bass trumpet part for Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring on their summer residency under the direction of Paul Daniel CBE.

She successfully re-auditioned for the Nash Ensemble last October and has been waiting to hear which parts she will play.

“Rhiannon is extremely honoured to have been offered such an important role – one usually reserved for much more senior players,” Kristyann said.

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