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Haverhill cornet player, seven, joins an 'Allstar' ensemble




A young cornet player from Haverhill has been joined by a 'dream team' of brass musicians for a remotely recorded performance of a classic Elgar song.

Archie Pannell, seven, is a pupil at Place Farm Primary Academy in Haverhill and is a keen musician, already having passed grade five with distinction.

Playing cornet, he has won several solo competitions and in January entered a contest in Sandbach, Cheshire.

Archie Pannell, seven, with the trophies he has been awarded for his musical achievements. Contributed picture
Archie Pannell, seven, with the trophies he has been awarded for his musical achievements. Contributed picture

His playing qualified him for a place in the final of the under-13 section of the BrassPass TV Young Brass Awards 2020 which was due to take place in Bolton’s Albert Halls, last weekend.

His grandad Richard Pannell, took up the story, saying: "He was to take part in a concert featuring players under 11 years of age, but of course this had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis.

"Archie’s father Tim regularly travels many miles to guest with some of the UKs top brass bands and has many friends from his days in the National Youth Brass Band.

Archie Pannell with his cornet. Contributed picture
Archie Pannell with his cornet. Contributed picture

"A group of them volunteered to accompany Archie remotely and the result can be seen and heard on "YouTube - Chanson de Matin - Archie and the Allstars”.

"Players are from Brighouse, Desford, Fodens, Grimethorpe, plus Archie’s uncle Chris who plays in the top London Band, Friary.

"This is a dream team, in terms of a brass ensemble, to be accompanied by."

Archie is also a member of the Haverhill Youth and Community Band.


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