AN Isle of Wight musician has been signed up by one of the world’s top brass bands.
Tuba player Rob Nicholson, 19, has just joined the Cory Band in South Wales, which is ranked third in the world.
Former Sandown High School pupil Rob moved to Cardiff in September to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. His move coincided with an unexpected vacancy at Cory and Rob passed an audition within days of starting college.
Two weeks later, he performed at the Royal Albert Hall in the finals of the National Brass Band Championships, with Cory finishing third behind Foden’s and Brighouse and Rastrick bands.
Since then, Rob has returned to the venue twice for sell-out concerts and now the band is rehearsing for an imminent CD recording.
He said: "Playing with Cory is fantastic. Every one of the Royal Albert Hall performances was amazing and being part of such a professionally run team is a great experience.
"The band’s schedule is very busy and every weekend is taken up with either concerts, contests or recording sessions."
The Rhondda Valley-based band is one of the most famous names in brass bands. It has been crowned national champions five times and has won the European title on four occasions, including a hat-trick of wins in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Rob began playing at Lake Middle School and soon joined Shanklin Town Brass Band. He later played with Vectis Brass, Cowes Concert Brass Band and the Isle of Wight Youth Concert Band.