Flying English flag... on flute

Brioni Crowe is the youngest member of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland ' and its only English member.
Brioni Crowe is the youngest member of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland ' and its only English member.
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Young Brioni Crowe is hitting the high notes after landing a place in the prestigious National Youth Orchestra of Scotland.

The flautist is not only the only English member of the Scots orchestra, but also its youngest – at just 10-years-old.

Yet the talented youngster landed her spot there entirely by chance.

She is this week embarking on a trip away from home to Perthshire, Scotland, for an intensive five-day practice ahead of her first performance with them.

But despite her obvious musical talent, having already achieved her Grade Six in flute while also playing piano, Brioni landed her place thanks to a chance opportunity when orchestra bosses were looking for an experienced flute player.

Her proud mum Rebekah said: “She’s in the band with Blackpool Music Service (BMS), and someone called up from NYOS for a flute player to Grade Eight standard.

“They listened to her for her part, over the phone, and took her on.

“It’s a great experience for her.”

Brioni, of The Quays, in Wharles, is now practicing with dozens of other youngsters, all aged 13 to 15, ahead of a performance at Sage, Gateshead, on Sunday.

And despite the difficulty of the pieces, she says she is up for the challenge.

She said: “I like being in the orchestra because you can play really fast pieces.

“It’s hard but I’m working really hard, I like a challenge.

“I feel proud of myself and my music teacher thinks it’s wonderful.”

The Anchorsholme Primary School pupil will be spending a musical summer abroad too, with a trip to play with NYOS at Perth Opera House, Scotland, in July, and then on tour with BMS Concert Band to Spain later that month.

Rebekah added: “She’s playing classical pieces that for a 10 year old are amazing.

“It’s difficult, she doesn’t pretend it’s not, but she’s trying hard with it. I’m really proud of her, it’ll be amazing going to see her.

“It is all down to the fantastic music centre in Blackpool who have helped her nuture her talent enough to go on to bigger things.”

And success certainly runs in the family, as Brioni’s big brother Zac, 11, appeared in the English Youth Ballet’s production of Swan Lake at Preston’s Charter Theatre last weekend.

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