Burgess Hill trombonist, 10, joins national orchestra

A trombonist from Burgess Hill Girls has been invited to join the National Children’s Orchestra (NCO).

Monday, 20th January 2020, 4:45 pm
Daisy with her trombone

Ten-year-old Daisy Hogan successfully auditioned for the orchestra, and is looking forward taking part in regional rehearsals and attending a week-long residential, where she will perform as part of the NCO in concert.

Daisy, who also sings, plays the violin and has recently taken up the viola, said: “I’m really excited to be playing in the NCO.

“I’m most looking forward to making new friends and playing lots of different types of music on our residential camp.”

Daisy was first inspired to take up the trombone after hearing a fellow pupil at Burgess Hill Girls play the Looney Tunes theme tune on a red plastic trombone.

Plastic instruments play a key role in musical development at Burgess Hill Girls, especially with regards to wind instruments which are often quite challenging for young children to play.

Daisy first joined the school’s Plastic Tromtastics group and then quickly progressed to working her way through the examination grades.

She also plays in the school’s Jazz Group and Junior and Senior Orchestras, as well as Evolution Brass, a training band formed with other young people and adults.

Daisy’s mum Rachael Hogan said: “We are so proud of Daisy’s achievement in being selected for the NCO. She loves making music but also works very hard at it, so this has shown her that the time she has spent practising has really paid off.

“We are also very grateful to Burgess Hill Girls for enabling her to experience different instruments and receive first rate tuition from the amazing peripatetic music teachers.

“The school has also given her the opportunity to play music in a massive range of groups, with both Junior and Senior School students, a benefit of all parts of the school being located on one site.”