Youngsters are showstoppers

Wednesday 22nd September 2004 10:00 pm

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PINT-sized Carl Woodison aged 12 from Zeal Monachorum is already an accomplished musician and was the star of the night at the recent Alphabet Concert in Crediton.

Carl, who attends Okehampton College, performed tunes on his cornet at the concert at Crediton Congregational Church, which raised £222 for the Crediton and district playscheme for children with special needs.

Carl, whose ambition is to become another Eddie Calvert, brought the house down when he played Oh My Papa and 25 other nostalgic numbers including Viva Espana, Zambesi and even the West Ham United signature tune. Carl was accompanied by his parents Trevor and Jane on the piano.

Young Carl plays the trumpet as well as the cornet, but is more accomplished on the latter having played the instrument for about five years.

Carl plays in Torrington Silver Band as well as the school orchestra and the Wren Trust Roots Band.

Carl has slight difficulty in reading music, so plays everything from memory. He says he would love to give more public performances.

Carl has another performance coming up on his 13th birthday on December 4 at Copplestone Methodist Church.

Also giving superb piano duets at the event were the 18-year-old Okehampton twins Sammi and Mikki Burdus, who have recently completed their education at Okehampton College and are now off to study Maths at Cardiff University.