Two GTS Teachers will represent the UK in Seoul, South Korea with the North Devon Sinfonia

Posted on: 30/06/2017

Mr Robilliard plays principal trombone with North Devon Sinfonia and was featured in the 2016 BBC series 'Altogether Now' as a soloist. The orchestra went on to win this competition, being named as Britain's amateur orchestra of the year. As a consequence the orchestra has been invited to Seoul, Korea, in September, to perform in an international music festival alongside other groups from all over the world. Mr Robilliard has in fact successfully auditioned to be part of the 'community orchestra'. This involves the best players from each of the participating orchestras, which is simply amazing! 

As you know, for many years Mrs Sparrow has played the euphonium in Torrington Silver Band. Recently, Mr Robilliard suggested that she should give the trombone a try with NDS. This has been a massive challenge as although there are some similarities the intonation and technique are very different. Mr Robilliard has been very encouraging and has given Mrs Sparrow lots of support.  It is definitely a challenge worth undertaking and completely different to anything that she has done before.  Mrs Sparrow is currently playing 2nd trombone and absolutely loves it!

To enable them to go to South Korea, the NDS are busy fundraising and seeking donations, for further information please look at the links below.


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