Training band member Ash Richardson has been awarded the Mayor’s Cup for Most Improved Young Player 2018, receiving the cup and a £50 Bonners voucher kindly gifted by the Mayor’s office.
The cup was donated in 2009 by Councillor Mike Chartier, and was presented this year by the current Mayor of Lewes, Councillor Janet Baah.
Ash has been learning the trumpet and cornet for just over three years – and is taught and inspired by Christina, who also happens to be the band’s Principal Cornet. Together, they are hoping that he will be ready for grade 5 early next year.
A big fan of music; Ash also plays the cello and gained a distinction in his last grading. This year he has taught himself the keyboard and composed a piece of music ready for his GCSE music exam next year. Last week he bought himself an electric drum kit! (And we’re always on the lookout for percussionists…).
Ash recently had a fantastic opportunity to do his work experience placement with Christina and East Sussex Music Service. Though he had never played the recorder, he picked this up straight away and was able to join in with recorder and brass lessons that Christina was giving during the week to primary and secondary school children. He is part of the ESMS band and is studying for grade 4 music theory.
LGB would like to thank Ash for his enthusiasm and commitment and wish him all the best with his future music making.