Tom Williams, from Shepton Mallet, was delighted recently to discover he had been awarded a place in the prestigious National Children’s Orchestra. The NCO is Great Britain’s premier symphony orchestra for children. They offer children a life-changing experience with training from top professional musicians.
Tom is currently a Year Seven pupil at All Hallows Preparatory School in Somerset. He has been playing the trombone for only two years (having started trumpet aged six) and studies at the moment with teacher Jo Sykes under the watchful eye of new Director of Music Matthew Redman. In addition to his musical commitments at All Hallows, Tom also plays in the Midsomer Norton and Radstock Silver Band.
His first stint with the National Children’s Orchestra will be in the Easter holidays when he will join over 100 other youngsters for a week long course culminating in a concert in Brighton. In the summer he will perform with them in Birmingham Town Hall.
“ I love playing brass instruments because of the big noise they can make” explains Tom, “also because my practising drives my brother mad!”