Top orchestra spot for talented flautist Bryonie Carnan

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A TALENTED musician is set to play the flute with the National Children’s Wind Orchestra after sailing through the auditions.

Thirteen-year-old Bryonie Carnan has been playing the flute for about four-and-a-half-years and was delighted to be picked to play with the ensemble after auditioning in Harpenden during November.

Bryonie, who lives in Whattoff Way, Baston, and goes to Bourne Academy, found out she had made it into the orchestra just before Christmas.

She said: “I feel really happy about it.

“It makes me feel I can accomplish lots more with my flute having this opportunity.”

Now Bryonie has made it into the orchestra, she will go on a course which starts at the end of March to prepare her for what is to come.

She will then play with the orchestra for a year, starting with a formal concert in Cambridge.

Bryonie likes to play a range of pieces, ranging from classical, jazz and alternative, and is currently working towards her Grade 7 for the flute, and then she plans to attain her Grade 8.

Music teacher Michael Shelton, of Headland Way, Haconby, has been teaching Bryonie the flute for about four years. He suggested to her that she tried out for the orchestra.

Mr Shelton, who has 30 years’ instrumental teaching experience at all levels, also teaches Bryonie the piano as her secondary instrument.

He is proud of how well she is doing and said: “Bryonie is a bright and sensitive young lady who I believe is the only one in the area, as far as I’m aware, to achieve making it into this orchestra.

“I can see her going into music as a career.”

Bryonie, whose other interests includes netball, swimming and horse riding, has confirmed that she plans to make a career out of her talent.

She said: “I see myself as a professional flute player but I am still unsure on what I would like to do. I want to keep options open. But my ambition is to get into the London Philharmonic Orchestra.”

Bryonie’s mum Fiona, dad Rod and elder sisters Laurie and Aynslie, are proud of what she has accomplished.

Fiona said: “We are really proud of her achievement, and are glad to see her so happy making music. Everyone wishes her every success wherever she takes it.

“We would also like to thank Mike who has been extremely supportive of Bryonie and continues to encourage her to try new things.

“She really enjoys her music lessons with him.”

Mr Shelton teaches pupils different instruments privately in their own homes in the Bourne, Stamford and Oakham areas.

Anyone interested in finding out more about lessons can visit his website at www.michael-shelton.co.uk.