Fallibroome Sixth former Charlie Jones, has landed a prestigious role as Principal Tuba for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

This is a phenomenal achievement from a student who started playing the tuba at aged 11 has taken part in school bands and orchestras, Poynton Youth Brass Band and more recently the National Youth Brass Band. Charlie also attends the Junior Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester on Saturdays.

Charlie commented:

“When the opportunity to audition for the NYO came up, I was really keen, especially as I had done a lot of brass band playing but not as much orchestral playing, so it was a good way to extend my experience. To then be given the role of Section Leader was completely overwhelming! It’s a huge but really exciting commitment involving three large scale residencies followed by concerts up and down the country, as well as additional Principal training and taking part in the INSPIRE outreach project. I owe a huge amount to my tuba teacher, Les Neish who has been a real inspiration.”

Mark Payne, Director of Sixth Form and music teacher from The Fallibroome Academy said:

“We are thrilled for Charlie. This is a real honour and achievement for him. Whilst some of our students have played for the NYO in the past we have never had a section leader. He is a truly talented player and has achieved this all at one of the busiest times in his school career! We wish him all the best and look forward to attending the concerts!”