Woodbridge: Tuba talent Lewis lands orchestra spot again

Lewis Chinn

Lewis Chinn - Credit: Archant

A talented young Suffolk musician has been selected to play with the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain (NCO) for the fifth consecutive year.

Lewis Chinn, 12, a pupil at Woodbridge School, has been playing the tuba for six years and auditioned for the NCO last October. He was selected for the main orchestra during 2014 having previously been a member of the under 11s, under 12s and under 13s orchestras.

The young tuba player, pictured, has always had a fascination with large musical instruments and his first serious encounter with a musical instrument was learning the tenor horn at the age of six before progressing to the tuba. He has achieved Associated Board grade seven with distinction and has ambitions to become a conductor and composer.

Lewis is thrilled about winning a place with the orchestra once again this year and said: “It is an amazing experience playing with such talented musicians and playing some really challenging music.

“I love performing with the NCO because I have so many friends and my playing has improved more than I can imagine. It is an honour to be selected.”

The NCO is Great Britain’s premier symphony orchestra for children. Lewis will attend residential courses culminating in a performance at prestigious venues across the country.