The investment put into the Academy Section of the Lanner and District Silver Band continues to bear fruit. There was double delight within the organisation this week when it was learned that the Academy Principal Cornet Player, 9 year old Siana Rouse was awarded 138 marks out of a possible 150 for her Associated Board of the Royal School of Music Grade 4 in cornet giving her the highest accolade of distinction.
Siana was tutored by the band’s Musical Director and Academy Musical Adviser, Stuart Chappell. Stuart himself took his Grade 8 cornet and received his results at the same time as Siana. Notwithstanding the fact that some 30 years have elapsed since Stuart excelled at grade 6, his musicality and technique clearly shone through to the examiner with performances of the first movement of Hayden Trumpet Concerto, Napoli and A Vizzuti Study.
Stuart said on hearing the results, “We have a strong belief at Lanner in developing the next generation of players and have invested heavily in both terms of time teaching inexperienced players and money in building a purpose designed new headquarters which will have state of the art facilities for developing talent to its true potential. Siana’s success is positive proof that the strategy we have in place is working very well indeed; at just nine years old she is certainly one to watch out for in the future.”
Band Chairman (and very proud father of Siana!) added, “I am delighted about Siana’s and Stuart’s success. Together with the rest of the academy, the building blocks for the long term future of brass banding in Cornwall in general and the Lanner Band in particular are being put very firmly in place.
The Academy has proved an inspirational outlet for the young people of the area under Academy Musical Director, Phil Matthews and all his helpers, whether they tutor the players, raise money or do all the administration that goes with this sort of organisation.
Although Stuart has been very modest about his own success we are over the moon; he is demonstrating what can be achieved”.