The brass faculty at King’s Rochester continued its development program on one of the most appropriate dates in the calendar today - 5th November!
Explosions of a different kind to fireworks could be heard from the Conference Centre as brass players from the Prep school, alongside guests from the Senior School, entertained and demonstrated a large selection of brass instruments to the Prep School’s lower years. There was a buzz of excitement and fascination as pupils were treated to demonstrations by our brass players on some of the loudest musical instruments in the orchestra. The session was led by the three professional brass players and teachers who visit the school each week. All three have very impressive teaching and performance experience, ranging from playing in the Orchestra for the West End production of Les Miserables through to the famous Ronnie Scott's Big Band.
Budding brass players, Nicholas and Francesca (Lower 1s) were charged with proving that learning a brass instrument is not as difficult as you might think. They rose to the challenge admirably, each hitting the perfect note just 2 minutes after picking up their instruments for the very first time!
With the number of pupils wishing to learn a brass instrument soaring over the last 18 months, the brass department at King’s is definitely hitting the high notes. Following competitive selection and auditions, King’s has been able to field brass players not only for Kent but also for Great Britain in the last year - as well as providing the winner of the Maidstone Young Musician of the Year 2015.
A great way to start 5th November!
Below: Nicholas and Francesca rising to the challenge!