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Bacup teen to play in front of 5,000 at Royal Albert Hall
A BACUP teenager will be honoured by gracing the stage of London’s Royal Albert Hall during this summer’s Proms.
Cornet player Luke Dempsey, 17, a former pupil at Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School, began his musical career as an eight-year-old playing with the 2nd Rossendale Scout Group Band.
The Leeds College of Music student will play with the National Youth Brass Band in front of more than 5,000 people at the famous classical music festival on August 12.
Luke, from Hoghton Avenue, has previously played at St George’s Chapel in Windsor and in front of the Royal Family at Windsor Castle for St George’s Day.
He said: “I am really excited about playing at the Proms, but I must confess I have never watched them!”
Although the National Youth Brass Band has played at the Proms before it has been quite a few years ago.
“We will be performing five pieces including Blitz by Derek Bourgeois.”
As principal cornet with the 2nd Rossendale Senior Band, Luke has been warming up for his big occasion at the August Proms with a number of performances.
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