Lesson winners show music appeals to all

JPCT 02-08-12 S12310285X Southwater. Ursula Furnier won music competition. Southwater -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT 02-08-12 S12310285X Southwater. Ursula Furnier won music competition. Southwater -photo by Steve Cobb
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A rock guitar player and an 11-year-old flautist have won a term of free music lessons in a competition run through the County Times.

Ursula Furnier, aged 21, from Southwater, said she was ‘incredibly grateful’ to win free electric guitar lessons as they should help her in her rock band.

JPCT 02-08-12 S12310332X Horsham. Bethany Brand,11,  has won a term of flute lessons through the West Sussex Music Service competition  -photo by Steve Cobb

JPCT 02-08-12 S12310332X Horsham. Bethany Brand,11, has won a term of flute lessons through the West Sussex Music Service competition -photo by Steve Cobb

“I’m just so glad I won the competition. I have been self teaching myself the guitar for a couple of years because I can’t afford lessons.

“Me and my friends all play and learn together and we’ve played a gig in the past. Music is a huge passion of mine. I can’t imagine my life without it.”

The Winnet Way resident is a proficient pianist but she prefers electric guitar.

“Alice Cooper is my favourite. The good thing about guitar is you can play metal and punk rock which you can’t really play on the piano!

“Hopefully after I’ve had some lessons, me and my friends can play more songs and I can do more lead stuff.”

One adult and one child were offered free music lessons for one term with the West Sussex Music Service in the County Times on July 5.

The lucky young winner was 11-year-old Bethany Brand, who enjoys playing the flute in school orchestras, although she had no idea about the competition until her mother told her she had won.

“I only found out when she got the phone call and she came into my room and said ‘we won a competition and you have got free flute lessons until Christmas’. ”

The Ridgehurst Drive resident was part of the Greenway school orchestra until she left the school this summer but she plans to join the band in Tanbridge school when she starts there in September.

“I’m very pleased to have won and I’m looking forward to the lessons. It’s fun learning to play an instrument.”