This month, Isaac Bateman, a student from King’s Ely, has performed with Junior Prime Brass at the Royal Albert Hall.

Isaac, who lives in Ely, last year successfully auditioned for a place in the junior version of the ten piece ensemble, and this he is about to join this term. However, to his great surprise, he was asked to perform with the original Junior Prime Brass ensemble, who were playing their last ever concert together.

Spotlighting the stars of tomorrow, the Music for Youth Proms is an opportunity for young people from all parts of the country to perform music in front of large audiences. Junior Prime Brass played two performances to two sell out concerts, to audiences of five thousand each time! Isaac performed on his trumpet in both concerts, with the BBC’s Barney Harwood compering.

Director of Music at King’s Ely, Jonathan Kingston, expressed his delight at Isaac’s experience,

“The opportunity to perform in the Royal Albert Hall is a wonderful achievement for Isaac, while still a pupil at King’s Ely. We are proud of him and thrilled for him – he commits to music with distinction and performs to a consistently high level. A performance opportunity such as this is so valuable to any musician at any time in their life and career. I know Isaac will have been a terrific ambassador for King’s Ely and the music department”.

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