Our eager young musicians were treated to a trumpet masterclass from accomplished trumpet player, and ex-pupil, Ben Jarvis on Thursday 28th June 2018. The masterclass wasn’t just for those who play the trumpet, musicians from year 7 to year 10 had come to see what musical knowledge he had to offer.

Ben, who is currently studying music at Runshaw College, has just been offered a scholarship to the Royal Northern College of Music, in Manchester.

Edward in year 7, Joseph in year 8 and Lewis in year 9 performed a range of pieces; from a jaunty Charleston to a lively funk number to a concert piece. Ben offered some helpful advice on articulation and delivery, inspiring confidence in each pupil’s subsequent performance. As well as advice, Ben shared exercises the pupils could carry out to improve their playing and afterwards gave an impressive recital.

Everyone who attended the masterclass came away with some useful hints to improve their own performances, no matter what instrument their play.