Brittle Asthma will not stop Josie blowing her own trumpet – Feature

TALENTED young musician Josie Whale, of Launceston, has been invited to take part in the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain Easter course again this year.

 Josie Whale, fourth from left on the front row, with the other tenor horns from the Easter course last year.

Josie Whale, fourth from left on the front row, with the other tenor horns
from the Easter course last year.

Josie, aged 15, a student of St Joseph¹s School, Launceston, is attending the course at Taunton School from Sunday, April 13 to Sunday, April 20. This will be the third time Josie has been invited on such a course, last year she was the youngest to take part.
The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britian was founded in 1962 by Dr Denis Wright OBE and exists to give Œexceptionally gifted young brass instrumentalists the opportunity to perform advanced music and received the highest quality teaching’.
Josie has been a member of Launceston and Camborne town bands and Devon County Band. She will be playing tenor horn during the course, but can also play piano, violin, flute and recorder. Josie has suffered from brittle asthma since a very young age, frequently having long stays in hospital; but even as she rests she wants to practice with her instruments.
Parents Tara and David Whale are proud of her: “We are continually amazed by her talent and dedication. Her younger sister Holly has also been accepted into a junior band and we want to keep encouraging and supporting them both as much as we can.”
Currently studying to complete a diploma this summer, Josie has accepted a scholarship to Wells Cathedral School in Somerset, a specialist musical college. Less than one in 10 will be invited back for a second audition to the school; Josie was hospitalised for 10 days prior to her main audition and had only four days to prepare and practice her horn. She wowed the judging panel and was offered the scholarship.
She hopes to learn the French horn, which will enable her to join orchestras and develop her career in the music industry. It will cost around £5,000 for a second hand instrument.
Josie said: “I’m nervous about the course this year; I have worked really hard to improve and I just hope I will be given a higher chair for the concert this year.
“I’m really excited about my scholarship at Wells Cathedral School, I felt I had done well in my audition, and I am happy the panel thought so too.”
The Easter course will conclude with a concert at the Winter Gardens, Weston-Super-Mare, on Friday, April 19 and Cheltenham Town Hall on Saturday, April 20. The conductor will be NYBB¹s artistic director, Mr Bramwell Tovey. Any donations or sponsorship to help Josie on her musical journey are welcome, call Tara on 07756 311554.

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