Shrewsbury School

Sixth Former Frank performs as Principal Trumpet with the NYO

Friday 10 January 2020

Frank Coughlan (SH U6) led the trumpet section of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in three concerts during the Christmas holidays, including one that was broadcast from London's Barbican Centre on BBC Radio 3. 

Some of the staff from the Shrewsbury School Music Faculty were lucky enough to be able to attend the NYO's performance in Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall, as Director of Music John Moore reports:

"The programme was based round the idea of social revolution and change, and featured Benjamin Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem and Shostakovich’s mighty Symphony No. 11 ‘ The Year 1905’.

"Frank shone quite wonderfully in many exposed solo passages for trumpet, some of fiendish difficulty, but he handled them all with consummate mastery and professionalism. It was no surprise when the conductor, Jaime Martin, gave Frank his very own bow to the packed audience, who were already on their feet and roaring their appreciation of what was a simply extraordinary concert.

"It can be no secret that this performance puts Frank firmly into the top flight of young trumpeters in the UK. 

"Frank is taught at Shrewsbury School by Tim Barber, and he has been offered places to study classical trumpet at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he was also offered a Scholarship, The Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire."

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