A talented flautist from Runswick Bay has beaten hundreds of young musicians to claim a place with the National Youth Wind Orchestra.
Seventeen-year-old Millie Stonehouse earned a much coveted place after passing several auditions and will be just one of eight flautists joining the orchestra, which is made up of 75 musicians aged 15 to 21.
Millie, who previously attended Whitby Community College, has been playing the flute since she was seven under the stewardship of her tutor Bob Butterfield.
She has just overcome a wrist injury, sustained before Christmas, which prevented her from playing, but said: “I am very excited, pleased and proud at earning a place with the National Youth Wind Orchestra. I am most looking forward to playing at venues and meeting lots of new people.
“In the future I would like to go to the Royal College of Music and then perform in orchestras around the world.”
Millie, who as well as the flute can play the piano and sing, has passed on her musical interests to her younger siblings. In a very musical family Millie’s brother Jay plays the saxophone, guitar, drums and piano while sisters Jasmine and Evie play the saxophone, piano and sing. Jasmine also plays the clarinet.
“Despite the four of us being very musical our parents don’t play any instruments.” added Millie, “They are very proud of my achievements.”
Millie is currently a student at Prior Pursglove college in Guisborough, where she is studying AS levels in Music, Biology and Psychology.
Over the Easter holidays Millie will attend a residential course in London and in the months to follow will perform concerts with the orchestra at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Oxford Town Hall and at St John’s Smith Square, also in London.