Awards for music group members

Sophie Tawn, Andy Reed, James Klumb, Callum Ferrier and April Bell.
Sophie Tawn, Andy Reed, James Klumb, Callum Ferrier and April Bell.

TALENTED youngsters were recognised at the Castleford Young Musicians’ annual presentation concert.

A host of aspiring musicians received awards for their long-term commitment to the concert band and choir, which has performed at venues across the country for almost 50 years.

Band members James Klumb and Callum Ferrier and singer Sophie Tawn received five-year medals of merit and saxophonist April Bell was given a certificate to mark ten years with the group.

The awards were presented by Andy Reed, branch manager of Handelsbanken in Castleford – which sponsored the event at Castleford Civic Centre.

Castleford Young Musicians – whose members are aged between eight and 25 – performed a varied programme of classical music and film scores at the event earlier this month.

Phil Clarkson, band director, said the group was looking for new members.

He added: “As we approach our 50th anniversary, there’s never been a better time to join us. If you enjoy singing or playing a wind instrument, then please come down to a rehearsal.

“We have performed countless concerts all around West Yorkshire, as well as visits to Great Yarmouth and more recently to Scarborough. Concert trips to Germany and Disneyland Paris were also memorable for those involved.”

Mr Reed said: “Handelsbanken is very keen to become part of the local community and I was delighted to be able to sponsor Castleford Young Musicians. I am pleased that the bank’s donation will help a little in these difficult economic times.”

Castleford Young Musicians rehearse at St Joseph’s Primary School in Castleford on Fridays in term time at 7.15pm.

For more information visit or call the group’s secretary Susan Jaggar on 01977 511971.