Lympstone band prepares for Last Night of the Proms

ONE of the region’s rising classical music talents, Lympstone’s Bryony Snell, is in rehearsal for this year’s anticipated Last Night of the Proms charity fundraiser.

ONE of the region’s rising classical music talents, Lympstone’s Bryony Snell, is in rehearsal for this year’s anticipated Last Night of the Proms charity fundraiser.

Award-winning Cornet-playing Bryony, 27, a music graduate of Plymouth University, is the band manager of the Lympstone South West Telecoms Band who are preparing for the annual event at Exmouth Pavilion.

The band, last seen out on Parade at the Lympstone Furry Dance, dates back to 1889 and they perform in venues all over Devon and Somerset.

The event on Thursday September 23 is organised by Exmouth Rotary Club and will raise money for international Rotary charities and Shelterbox and will feature local soprano, Val Howels and guest appearances by members of the Royal Marines Concert Band.

Bryony began playing aged just 11 and started her concert career in 1994 with the Cornwall Youth Brass Band and Porthleven Band before joining the Lympstone Band in 2002. In 2008 she received a special prize from director of Music Charlie Fleming.

She said: “I’m really looking forward to it, its going to be great evening, not to be missed. This concert is one of the highlights of the year for us.

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“Even after all this time and all the concerts I’ve played I still get a little nervous, especially during the solos.

“But that’s a good thing it gets the adrenaline pumping. Rehearsals have been going well and people are always welcome to listen to us rehearse in the Lympstone Band Centre.”

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