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Solo Competition Winner Laura Shines At Future Brass Event

Published in Band News on 2013-10-16 by Empty Chairs

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On Sunday 13th October Great Yarmouth Youth Brass joined forces with Great Yarmouth Brass for a Future Brass joint Concert at Christchurch, Great Yarmouth to raise funds for the Youth Band.

Two days before the concert the Youth Band held a solo contest, with the winner being given the opportunity to perform their solo in the Future Brass Concert, accompanied by the Band. Just like an official brass band contest, there was a secret draw to determine the order of play, and the contest was judged by two adjudicators from the Senior Band.

Laura Belt, aged 14, won the competition and delighted the audience with a superb and confident performance of the cornet solo Annie’s Song. It was her first ‘stand up solo’ performance with a full band, and Laura said afterwards that she had really enjoyed the experience.

Laura, who has been in the Band since 2009, and recently passed her Grade 4 with Merit, was presented with her trophy by Richard Ward, who conducts the Youth Band, and is also Laura’s brass teacher.

The afternoon included a wide variety of music with performances from the Youth Band, Senior Band and several joint items, conducted by Richard Ward and Colin Swaep .

2013 has so far been a very special year for the members of Great Yarmouth Brass, who are celebrating their 40th Anniversary, and members of the band are delighted to see the next generation of Brass players progressing so well.

The concert raised £227.60 for Youth Band funds.

Great Yarmouth Youth Brass is always on the lookout for new players. Instruments are available if required and there is no membership fee payable. For more details please visit

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