Thornbury youngsters perform at the Royal Albert Hall

November 24 2017
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Three young musicians from Castle School in Thornbury have performed in the National Festival of Music for Youth finals concert at the Royal Albert Hall..

Three young musicians from Castle School in Thornbury have performed in the National Festival of Music for Youth finals concert at the Royal Albert Hall.. 

Abby Phipps, Mia Hewitt and Rachel Hannyngton, who are aged 12 and 13 years, play the recorder.  They’re no strangers to performing,  having played at Symphony Hall, Birmingham whilst still at primary school.

They study recorder with Jane Mitchell, having started learning with her when she was the visiting peripatetic music teacher at St Mary’s school in Thornbury. 

The girls all now attend Castle School Thornbury and have continued to play the recorder.

Their teacher, Jane Mitchell says; “The recorder has a reputation as a beginners' instrument, whereas in reality, it is extremely hard to make a recorder sound good when played. These youngsters have a dynamic sound together, and have reached extraordinary heights at a young age against fierce competition”.

The girls performed ‘Entomology’ a quirky modern suite for three recorders written in 2000 by Alan Davis for pupils of Mrs Mitchell.