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Young musical talent shines at Haverhill Silver Band's annual festival




Talented young musicians were given a platform on Sunday at the Haverhill Silver Band’s annual Open Youth Solo Festival.

The festival at the Unity Schools Partnership building in Park Road, Haverhill, provided an opportunity for young players to experience playing solos to an audience in a competitive yet supportive and friendly atmosphere.

Players from Haverhill Youth and Community Band (HYCB) were joined by young people from other youth bands in the Cambridge area.

The solo playing was followed by a fun play, where many of the competitors, teachers, parents and even the adjudicator joined to play through some well known Disney and Gershwin tunes.

The winners at the 2019 Haverhill Silver Band Open Youth Solo Festival; L-R; Lucia Browne, Archie Pannell, Noah Blythe and Anna Bailey, with adjudicator Cliff Wilkinson. Contributed picture
The winners at the 2019 Haverhill Silver Band Open Youth Solo Festival; L-R; Lucia Browne, Archie Pannell, Noah Blythe and Anna Bailey, with adjudicator Cliff Wilkinson. Contributed picture

Di Pannell, musical director for the HYCB, said: “The adjudicator, Cliff Wilkinson, who has played for the winning band in both British and European Championships, produced written comments for all the competitors and chose a winning performance in each of four sections.

“He also gave some general comments and said how impressed he was with the confidence and competence of all the young players.”

The winners were: Under 11 Slow Melody: Lucia Browne (Cottenham); Under 11 Florid Solo: Archie Pannell (Haverhill); Under 18 Slow Melody: Anna Bailey (Cottenham); Under 18 Florid Solo: Noah Blythe (Haverhill)

Archie, six, also attracted some national attention when he featured on Zoe Ball’s Radio 2 Breakfast Show in the “Show and Tell” session last month.

The DJ then repeated it when it was announced that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had named their baby son Archie



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