I am delighted to accept the position of `Honorary Patron’ to the Northumberland and Borders Concert Band (NBCB). It is wonderful to see the formation of a brand new ambitious orchestra that aims to be at the heart of its local community both artistically and with social responsibility. Music brings people from all walks of life and backgrounds together and I am confident that NBCB will programme music imaginatively in order to attract audiences both young and old. Today more than ever we need to bring people together and inspire them using the international language of music! With this in mind, I very much look forward to supporting their Musical Director Nick Elwood in the development of this new ensemble.
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