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Over 200 pupils learn brass music at Royal Hospital School ‘Blast Off!’ masterclass

PUBLISHED: 17:44 07 February 2018

Pupils performing with colourful instruments.    Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Pupils performing with colourful instruments. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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The success of a musical masterclass for primary school children has been trumpeted by organisers.

Pupils performing with colourful instruments.    Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNPupils performing with colourful instruments. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

More than 200 primary school children from across Suffolk gathered for the second-annual ‘Blast Off!’ event at the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook yesterday.

One of the UK's best loved trombone players Gordon Campbell.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNOne of the UK's best loved trombone players Gordon Campbell. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Some of the UK’s leading trombonists, including Gordon Campbell, principle trombonist of the BBC Big Band, and Simon Minshall, chairman of the British Trombone Society, led the brass instrument beginner lessons.

Trombone player Simon Minshall.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNTrombone player Simon Minshall. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

‘Revolutionary’ plastic instruments pBone and pBuzz, which have the same note-range as a recorder, were used before children performed a concert to parents and teachers.

Hundreds of children took part in a classical music event at the Royal Hospital School.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNHundreds of children took part in a classical music event at the Royal Hospital School. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Richard Harvey, the school’s bandmaster and event organiser, said: “It was a brilliant day. We spotted some real potential for great musicians of the future and I hope some of them will be inspired to continue with brass. The pBuzz and pBone are such a good first step.”

Some of the pupils playing the clarinet.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNSome of the pupils playing the clarinet. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Some of the pupils playing the clarinet.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNSome of the pupils playing the clarinet. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Hundreds of children took part in a classical music event at the Royal Hospital School.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNHundreds of children took part in a classical music event at the Royal Hospital School. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Pupils performing a James Brown number.   Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNPupils performing a James Brown number. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Hundreds of children took part in a classical music event at the Royal Hospital School.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNHundreds of children took part in a classical music event at the Royal Hospital School. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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