Anna’s new challenge

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ST Helens Youth Brass Band have appointed Anna Hughes Williams as its new musical director.

Ms Williams moved to the area from her native Wales after being appointed to a role as a peripatetic teacher in St Helens and Bolton.

She began playing cornet at the age of 12, rising to principal cornet of the Lewis Merthyr Brass Band by the age of 17. She also secured a solo cornet spot on the National Youth Brass Band of Wales.

She has also played with the Desford Colliery Band, Wingate Band, Besses Sellers International Band and the Yorkshire Building Society Band.

* Any enquiries from youngsters waiting to join the band - from beginners to more experienced players - should contact the band at the United Reform Church on Saturday mornings or visit