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OP hits the high notes in musical career

OP Seb Williman gives a career update, after his love of brass has seen him perform both in the UK and internationally and be included in the nominations for this year's Yorkshire Choice Awards.
9 Mar 2023
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Seb Williman (12-17), a third year undergraduate student of trumpet performance at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester, has an impressive musical performance CV and has now been nominated for the 2023 Community Arts Award as part of the Yorkshire Choice Awards.

Since leaving school, Seb has gone on to perform regularly across the UK and internationally. In 2022, Seb performed at the Yorkshire Area contest, the British Open at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, and he was the featured soloist at the Brass in Concert Championships. He is the principal cornet of the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band and performs with various ensembles and orchestras in the Northwest, including his brass quartet ‘Rosamund Brass’.

Since forming ‘Rosamund Brass’ in 2020 amid the pandemic, the brass quartet has collected several impressive accolades. The quartet won the prestigious 2022 Phillip Jones Brass Prize, featured on BBC Radio 4 and performed at the 2022 Christmas Carols on ITV alongside singer, TV personality and entertainer, Jane McDonald.

During 2022, Rosamund Brass premiered four brand new works in 2022. Seb commented: “The highlight was premiering ‘This Is The Place…’ an extensive four movement work that depicts a different time and place in Manchester, culminating in a powerful closing movement that portrays the aftermath of the 2017 Manchester Arena Attack, with Andy Burnham’s powerful speech in the background.”

This year is proving to be just as busy for Seb. In January, Rosamund Brass were delighted to be invited to open the 2023 RNCM Festival of Brass, a prestigious event that features some of the finest brass musicians in the country. Following on from that, Seb is performing with the Gary Clarke Theatre Company, as part of the ‘Wasteland’ Spring tour. This dance theatre production was created to mark the 25th anniversary of the demolition of Grimethorpe Colliery in South Yorkshire and 30 years since the rise of UK rave culture. For Seb, this very powerful portrayal of post-pit life, is very poignant and close to his heart due to his connections to colliery brass bands and the set location being close to where he grew up.

After working so hard, Seb was thrilled to discover he has been nominated for the 2023 Community Arts Award as part of the Yorkshire Choice Awards with nominees and winners being chosen by a public vote. The prestigious Awards Gala Dinner, which takes place in June, is billed as the ‘ultimate celebration of achievement in Yorkshire.’ We wish Seb the very best of luck, both for the awards and whatever comes next!

Further information about the production ‘Wasteland’ can be found here .

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