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Central Coast Conservatorium of Music student Mitchell Frith playing the French horn. Photo: David Benson

Student Spotlight: Mitchell Frith

French Horn player Mitchell Frith, 14, learns with Central Coast Conservatorium teacher Radu Boros (Royal Australian Navy Band) and is a member of the Central Coast Senior Wind Orchestra and Youth Orchestra, as well as the Central Coast Children’s Choir.

When did you start playing music?  March 2017

Why did you decide to play the French horn? It chose me! I went to an instrument try out and after trying the euphonium, picked up the French horn and have been playing it ever since.

What do you love about playing music? It carries me away from normal everyday life.  I can create anything I want and play beautiful music.

What do you enjoy about being in an ensemble/choir? Working together to create beautiful songs and music. Everyone’s different talents joined together as a team create wonderful items.

What’s the hardest thing about playing the French horn?  The intonation

Who is your musical inspiration? John Williams

What has been the highlight of your music career so far? Playing at the Air Force Cadets Musician Camp at Richmond Air Base and singing with the Children’s Choir with Opera Australia in The Barber of Seville.

What do you hope to do in the future? I’d like to join a professional orchestra or Defence band.

If you weren’t learning the horn, what other instruments would you like to learn? Percussion or piano.

When you’re not playing – or practicing – what do you like to do?  Cricket, Cadets and flying gliders and small aircraft.