Bold as brass Brentwood School teens accepted for National Youth Orchestra

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Two Brentwood School music scholars have gained coveted chairs in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO).

Ore Fashesin-Souza and Owen Romhany will join an orchestra of teenage musicians from all over the UK.

A proud Brentwood School director of performing arts & director of music, Mr Florian Cooper, said Ore and Owen had grown up in the school music department: “The boys are both music scholars, in the same Lower Sixth year group, and since day one have been at every single rehearsal and concert together. Outside of school they also both enjoy singing in the Brentwood Cathedral choir and they have been the backbone of brass at Brentwood School for six years.

“Both boys are incredibly talented and dedicated to their instruments and music in general. Their commitment, expertise and musical maturity set them apart and even more importantly they are the ultimate role models; kind, always polite and full of humour, both boys are achieving what they deserve because of what they put in.”

Ore, 16, the school’s lead trumpeter, said: “I feel, extremely excited not only because of the challenging process I had to endure to get into the NYO but also the music challenges that await me in the orchestra.”

Trombonist Owen, who is also 16, added: “To be accepted into the NYO is a really exciting opportunity for me that will open up even more connections in the music world and allow me to experience playing in an orchestra at a very high level.”

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