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Member of Parliament calls in for a solo performance.

It is only eight weeks since more than 50 children between six and 11 years old started in a training scheme developed by Stalham Brass Band. And as part of Brass Band Week,  guests dropped into a practice session.

The scheme was the brainchild of Stalham Brass Band’s Director of Music, Dr. Tim Thirst MBE. With help from the British Federation of Brass Bands and funding from many bodies including Arts Council England, and Norwich Town Close Estate Charity, it is now a long-term reality. Trainees from schools in the area have individual and ensemble training, from a group of tutors, both during and after school, as well as during holidays. Instruments are provided and there is the chance to try out different models from cornet, horn, baritone, euphonium and trombones. Training also continues when they move up to High School. 

After sitting in on the afternoon rehearsal and speaking individually to all the children, Norman Lamb said:

“Tim is an inspiration to you. To see so many children playing instruments is fantastic. It is great that so many are willing to have a go playing solo as well. You are learning skills which will prove invaluable to you in your life and education. This is a fantastic project and I look forward to returning to see the progress made in a few months. I am enormously impressed.”

Not willing to let any opportunity to train a new player pass by, Mr. Lamb was given a speed lesson in cornet playing by Tim and after a few minutes, his newly gained musical skills left everyone impressed.


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