Shrewsbury School

Music Scholar Frank appointed Principal Trumpet for the National Youth Orchestra

Friday 18 October 2019

Huge congratulations to Frank Coughlan (SH U6), one of the top Music Scholars at Shrewsbury School, who has been appointed Principal of the Trumpet section for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for their 2019/20 season of courses and concerts in the UK.

Expressing his delight at receiving the news, Shrewsbury’s Director of Music John Moore was warm in his praise of Frank and his outstanding achievement: “This position is gained by competitive audition, and whilst Frank has already been a member of the NYO during their last season, playing in a televised BBC Prom this summer, there was no guarantee that such a coveted position would automatically come his way.

“To achieve this accolade aged only 17 is indeed a huge honour and a simply wonderful achievement by Frank. We are hugely proud of him, and so excited to hopefully be able to see him play in some amazing concerts during the year as well leading the trumpet section of the NYO.

Frank will also be part of the NYO Inspire scheme, which goes into schools to inspire another generation of musicians to aspire to similarly dizzying heights of achievement.

Frank was originally a pupil at Winterfold House, where under the dynamic direction of Head of Music Jerry Pryce, he fell in love with the trumpet and has gone on to develop into a superb classical and jazz player now.

His parents have also been a huge support to him in the process, as well as the terrific trumpet tuition he has had at Shrewsbury, currently principally with Tim Barber, and before that with Cai Isfryn.

Frank will be performing the Aratiunian Trumpet Concerto with the Shrewsbury School Symphony Orchestra on 16th and 17th November as part of the St Cecilia Concerts.

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