KING’S Ely Sixth Form student, James Wilkinson, has recently performed in two major concerts with the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain (NYBBGB).

James, who is a trombonist, secured a place with the NYBBGB – the UK’s leading brass band charity for children and young people – in 2019.

On April 28th, James, who is in Year 13 at King’s, performed at Birmingham Town Hall with NYBBGB and The Bands of HM Royal Marines (Collingwood). James also performed in the NYBBGB’s ‘Celebration Concert’ at Huddersfield Town Hall last month.

James said: “Playing in the concerts was scary but so rewarding. I feel privileged to perform with such a prestigious band and to produce high quality music with others my age.”

James, who has been a student at King’s since joining King’s Ely Acremont Nursery, started playing the trombone when he was 7 years old and now has his Grade 8 Distinction. He is studying Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics for his A Levels and plans to study Medical Engineering at University.

James said: “King’s Ely’s Music Department has provided me with so many opportunities to play in ensembles, in orchestras and as a soloist. I have taken every opportunity to perform at school, including multiple concerts throughout the year, the soloist competition, the new concerto competition and many others. Having been principal trombonist in all bands, I’ve also had a good number of solos. Having the chance to express myself through music and in synchrony with other students as an ensemble is a truly unique experience. This is my last year at King’s and I cannot thank everyone enough for all the support I have had.”

Images by Mr Day (Head of Media) and Joy Newbould Photography

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