Young musician gets into top brass band

Chelsea James
Chelsea James

A talented young musician from Daventry has been selected for the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain (NYBBGB).

Tenor horn player Chelsea James, 17, lives on the Grange and attends Danetre and Southbrook Learning Village (DSLV). She was recently selected for the illustrious brass ensemble after an audition in October.

She said: “I was really shocked when I first found out. I was my first time at the audition and there was a lot of people there who had auditioned for the third or second time. When I got the letter I was gob-smacked.” Membership of the NYBBGB is a big step for Chelsea, who passed her grade eight exams just last year.

The band offers a chance to attend workshops and lessons taught by big names in the brass band world before a series of performances at Easter and in the summer at venues including the University of Salford, Leeds and Regents Hall in London.

Proud mum Tracy James, who works at Newnham Primary School, said: “We are extremely proud of Chelsea. She has worked very hard. What a lot of people don’t realise is how much work children have to do to learn a musical instrument.

“She thoroughly deserves it.”

Chelsea is also a member of Daventry Brass band and has been playing with Northamptonshire’s youth brass band for the past four years.

She has also regularly attended Daventry Music and Performing Arts Centre held each Saturday at DSLV.

She said this latest feather in her cap was a step towards attending music college, where she wants to train to teach music to children and young people.

She said: “I just wanted to thank my music teacher Lynette Wild and all my music teachers at DSLV.”