U15 Squad player Leah Hallinon

Whirlwind success-or is it woodwind?  Leah blowing her own…..flute.

U15 Squad player, Leah Hallinon shows even more skills by achieving first place in the U16 at the Eastbourne Music and Arts Festival.

Not only a determined player and personally showing a strong resolve after coming back from a serious ankle operation last season, terrific news has been received that Leah Hallinon achieved first place in the U16 Woodwind and Brass Solo category at the Eastbourne Music and Arts Festival. This is the second consecutive year that Leah has won this cup. The standard of competition this year was especially high, there were 6 other flautists in her category and other instrumentalists including an oboist. Leah was the 5th person to perform and one of the competitors who played just before Leah, had already passed her grade 8 ABRSM flute exam and is currently studying the flute at the Royal Academy of Music JR department. An adjudicator awarded Leah a total of 87 marks – Distinction – which won her first place.


Leah came first at Brighton and Hove competition with honours, and having been awarded many scholarships for her flute study, is soon to be performing at the Royal Albert Hall and the BBC studio in London with the BBC Orchestra. She was recently offered a place to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London from this September.  This sadly means that Leah will no longer be abler to train and play for ESJBA next season, so we wish her well and if she ever gets tired of all that blowing, she can join us for a session and hit a few shuttles.