Rees roars into Lions final

Oboe player Rees Webster from Chapel who is through to the national finals of a competition organised by the Lions Club
Oboe player Rees Webster from Chapel who is through to the national finals of a competition organised by the Lions Club

YOUNG oboist Rees Webster has just won through to a national final for young musicians.

Rees, 15, from Chapel-en-le-Frith, won the regional round of the competition organised by Lions International in which he represented Buxton and District Lions Club.

He will now compete in the UK national finals in Birmingham in April. The winner will go on to represent the UK at the European final in Maastricht.

“I’m really grateful that the Lions have given me this opportunity and I’m looking forward to competing in Birmingham in April. I’ll be practising hard between now and then,” said Rees.

He plays with the Derby City and County Youth Orchestra and with the Hallé Youth Orchestra and studies at the Junior RNCM with Jennifer Galloway, Principal Oboe of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

David Brindley, Secretary of Buxton Lions, said each year the competition featured a different instrument. “With help from the County Music Partnership we found Rees.

“We are delighted by his success and we’ll be cheering him on,” he said.