TALENTED pupils at the Crescent School have celebrated different kinds of call-up.
Alyssa Barnett and Charlotte Corbin successfully auditioned for the National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain.
Cornet player Alyssa Barnett and trombonist Charlotte have been taking lessons at school since they were seven years old and are stalwarts of the school orchestra and brass group. Both also play for Rugby’s local Bilton Silver Training Band.
When auditioning under pandemic restrictions, the girls had to pre-record their audition pieces but play their scales and take the sight-reading test on a live video call.
They said it was a nerve-wracking experience, and were delighted when they received the news that they had been selected.
Crescent School’s Director of Music, Julie Barnes, said: “This is a huge achievement for Alyssa and Charlotte and we are delighted and very proud of them. Both girls have worked very hard in preparation for this and thoroughly deserve their places in the band.”
As part of National Children’s Brass Band, the girls will attend an intensive residential course in the summer holidays where they will get to play with the very best brass players in the country.
Meanwhile, aspiring young cricketer Amy Robinson, a Crescent School Year 6 pupil, has been re-selected to play for Warwickshire.
After a successful winter training period in which the Warwickshire coaches put her through her paces, Amy was selected for last year’s under-11 summer squad. After a slow start due to the restrictions, cricket finally resumed towards the end of July.
Amy had an exceptional summer, batting and bowing to great effect, and taking her first wickets and runs for the county.
At the end of the summer, she was thrilled to be selected to play with the under-13 Warwickshire Development Squad, and to then take the winning wicket in a bowl-off during their very last game.
After trialling again in December, Amy has been re-selected for the Warwickshire winter training squad. Her training will start at Edgbaston Cricket Centre as soon as restrictions allow.
In the meantime, Amy is working hard on her strength and conditioning, so she is ready for the season to begin.
Amy is following in the footsteps of one of her coaches, Bethan Ellis, who attended sister school Princethorpe College and who is currently studying at Loughborough University. Bethan has just signed a professional contract with Lightning Cricket, the East Midlands-based team in the new Women’s Elite Domestic Cricket Structure.