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Wednesday 29 July, 2020

From taking to his doorstep to serenade people with his playing to hosting online concerts to thousands, teenage horn player Andrew Naylor has played a huge role in keeping up morale during the lockdown period. Now the 13-year-old has been honoured by BrassFestUK for his inspiring work after being revealed as its Bandsperson of Lockdown.

Andrew, from Halifax, West Yorkshire, regularly ventured outside to provide some musical relief to those nearby. He has also been playing online concerts for Captain Sir Tom Moore’s 100th birthday, VE Day, D Day Celebrations and Armed Forces Day. Indeed, one of his Facebook concerts had an audience of 93,000 people.

Andrew’s story made the national papers, appearing the Guardian and Financial Times, while the enthusiastic Scout also received a commissioner’s commendation award recognising his efforts.

Proud mum Joanne commented: “Words cannot explain how proud we are of everything he is achieving, especially in these difficult times.”

Andrew, who plays for Elland Silver Youth Band and Friendly Brass Band (Sowerby Bridge), was nominated by one of his neighbours for the BrassFestUK Bandsperson of Lockdown. Sam Wyne, of Wantage Band, came second and Steve Winter, of Mid Sussex Band, was third.
Image by Lorne Campbell.