Charlotte is hitting all the right notes

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TROMBONIST Charlotte Horsfield has been accepted into the Hebden Bridge Brass Band.

The 13-year-old who attends Rastrick High School has been playing with the senior band for just over a month. She is one of the youngest members.

Charlotte used to play for Clifton and Lightcliffe Band B and was recently praised for her high quality performances at the annual Rastrick High School music festival.

She was crowned 2012 Junior Young Musician of the Year and was awarded the Eddie Noble award, kindly donated by the Brighouse and Rastrick Band.

She was a member of the school’s brass group, concert band, big band and choir.

In July she performed with the National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain at Repton School in Derbyshire under the leadership of Dr Robert Childs.

She is also a solo trombonist of the award winning Elland Youth Band, 2012 Youth Entertainment Champions of Great Britain and is a member of the Yorkshire Youth Band under the leadership of Dr Nicholas Childs.

She plays in the Black Dyke Junior Trombone Ensemble led by Brett Baker.

It is no surprise Charlotte is doing so well. Her teacher Jonathan Enright of Bailiff Bridge is an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music and lecturer at Leeds College of Music, in addition to being a session player in the jazz and pop fields. Her dad Graham and uncle Martin both play in the Clifton and Lightcliffe Band and her mum Adrienne comes from a Lancashire family with roots in the banding tradition.

Charlotte’s grandad David is a former member of Brighouse and Rastrick, Black Dyke and The James Shepherd Versatile Brass and now spends most of his spare time adjudicating at home and abroad along with some free-lance conducting.

The family business, Kirklees Music, now in its 30th year supplies brass and educational music to bands all over the world.

David said: “We are all exceptionally proud of everything she has achieved. She thoroughly enjoys music.”