Spirt of the North Classical Music Festival

One Houston Secondary Student attends program

Brianna Corfe, Houston resident and Grade 10 student of Houston Secondary School this fall, is the only youth musician from Houston attending the Spirit of the North Classical Musical Festival program in Smithers B.C.

Youth musicians from across the province participate in a three day program that allows musicians to learn from highly respected professionals, and later perform on the weekend of Aug. 10 to Aug. 12 at Bovil Square in Smithers B.C.

This is Corfe’s first time attending the program.

“I hope to gain knowledge so that when school comes back in September, I can teach fellow students what I have learned,” said Corfe.

Corfe said she saw and opportunity to gain experience and make new friends and so chose to participate in the program.

“The people in the orchestra aren’t just from Smithers. We have met people from Vancouver, and even Alberta, Terrace and around the province. It is fascinating to meet so many talented musicians,” said Rhonda Corfe, Brianna Corfe’s mother.

A trumpet musician for two years, Brianna says in the first two days she has learned that asking for help and practice are important.

“In the first two days so far, I have learned to ask my peers for help if I am having problems with my music, and that I have to practice, practice, practice,” said Brianna.

The program has a range of participants form seven years to 97 years old.

“It’s amazing what we have learned in such a short time playing together,” said Brianna.

Brianna says that she is coming away with a lot more knowledge in reading music as well as playing.

“At school we are taught concert band, but in just two days I have learned how to play much faster, and much louder. I am really enjoying it,” said Brianna.

According to the Spirit of the North Clasical Music Festival website, “this innovative and vibrant event provides opportunities for northerners to hear world-class musicians, full orchestras, new compositions, chamber music masterworks, and much more, in settings ranging from free, family-friendly outdoor spaces to more formal concert stages.”

The Spirit of the North Classical Music Festival showcased over 30 concerts at various venues throughout Smithers, and will continue to offer its program in future years.

For more information visigt their website at http://www.festivalnorth.com/.

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