Musical and sporting talent go hand in hand

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Many lines are written in the Courier about Kintyre’s musical excellence.

Campbeltown Brass’ musical director, Stephanie Mitchell is an exceptional musician in her own right. Last weekend she lifted her players to a crescendo of success about eight months after picking up the baton.

During her own decade with the band she became principal cornet and followed this with studies at the Royal Conservatoire and at Aarhus in Denmark.

Stephanie’s dedication is such that she braves the A83, every week, to conduct and train Campbeltown Brass’ youngsters and ensure they have the same support she experienced.

It is strange how life moves in circles. Stephanie has travelled the world improving her own skills and returned to her roots, while still in her 20s.

In addition to being a dab hand with the conductor’s baton Stephanie is an all rounder.

As the story on page 27 relates she is an ace with a badminton racquet and recently won the inaugural Charlie Ellis trophy for sporting excellence.

Perhaps the two skills are meshing and her flicks of the baton are good practice for tricky badminton strokes.