Cornwall

Camborne Youth Band wins national music championship

Band members celebrating their success
Image caption The Cornish band has won several titles

Camborne Youth Band has won the prestigious National Youth Brass Band Championships.

It is the seventh time the Cornish youngsters have been awarded the title.

The band also took the soloist prize for young percussionist Charlie Hodge's xylophone solo in Helter Skelter.

Charlie, aged 13, a pupil at Camborne school, has been a music enthusiast since he was just five.

He said: "I don't usually get nervous, but I was quite tense because I was thinking, I can't change it now.

"I think it was one of the best ways I have played it. I was really surprised at the result."

'Really committed'

Charlie has won plenty of local awards but he hopes the national prize will help him to take a step closer to his dream of becoming a professional musician.

The competition took place at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

The band's conductor Alan Pope said: "It's a lot of hard work from everybody, especially the young players. They are just really committed and talented.

"They believe in themselves which paid off in the competition."

Alan Morrison, musical director of the Brighouse and Rastrick Band, has also worked closely with Camborne Youth Band for seven years.

The band was set up to give Cornish youngsters the opportunity of playing together and performing in public.

Many of the young musicians also perform with the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain.

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