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Trombonist gains prestigious conservatoire place

Trombonist gains prestigious conservatoire place

Music runs in the family for James Hunt, who has gained an unconditional place at the Royal Northern College of Music to study music performance.

“My mum was a euphonium player when she was young and my dad plays the viola for Fylde Symphonia,” said James, 17. “I started playing when I was in year 6 at school, and it was suggested that because I had long arms I would be perfect for a trombone player!”

A meeting with leading trombonist Peter Gane cemented James’s love of the brass instrument: “I was on this course and it was really fun and he told me I was a capable player and I could become so much better so I really focused from then.”

James loves playing a mix of different musical genres from classical, orchestral pieces to folk and jazz.

“I think my favourite thing to play is orchestral pieces, as although in a band you don’t get to play all the time on the trombone, when you do it’s just fantastic parts to play and you’re in the perfect place to listen to the orchestra when you’re not playing,” said James.

The former Lytham St Annes Technology and Performing Arts student aims to become a professional musician after graduating from university. Alongside playing trombone, James plays piano and sings.

“It would be fantastic to be able to perform for people and I would love to play in an American drum corps marching band,” said James.