Your article: Musician will play at arts championships

Sebastian Williman will be showcasing his talents in Pontefract.
Sebastian Williman will be showcasing his talents in Pontefract.

A young Pocklington musician has been selected to perform at a prestigious arts festivals championship.

Sebastian Williman, 14, of Mile End Park, Pocklington, has been selected by the Pontefract Festival music section.

Sebastian started learning the cornet aged four, gradually adding trumpet and flugel horn to his repertoire.

He plays as the only youth member of Humberside Police Concert Band, and also performs with the Hunmanby Silver Band and Grimethorpe Youth Brass Band.

He will be playing at the biennial Performing Arts Festivals Championships on Saturday 12 September at the Carleton High School in Pontefract.

Every festival in the Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire region (of which there are 22 in total) will be represented in competitions for each of their disciplines (Dance, Music, Speech & Drama) and the winners will each receive £100, a trophy and the title of Champion in Music, Dance, Speech and Drama.

This year will mark the twelfth such event.

A spokesperson for the Pontefract Festival said: “We are proud to announce that we shall be hosting this prestigious event at Carleton Community High School where our representatives will be Sebastian Williman, our Young Musician of the 2015 Festival, and Charlotte Woodhead, the 2015 winner of the Muriel Shone Memorial Salver. We wish them both the very best of luck.”

Sebastian studies at Pocklington School where he is a Music Scholar and he also studies piano and plays church organ.

In any spare time left, he is a keen cricketer.

Tickets for the event are available from Mr Aubrey Venables on 01226 752576.