ADAM Delbridge Smith, 21, is a man with a mission.

When he leaves the Royal Northern College of Music where he is studying the trumpet, he would like to become a musical director and conductor of an orchestra or a brass band.

Last January he got well on the way to realising his ambition when, he was appointed musical director of Stretford Band.

Before lockdown in March, he and his non-competitive band visited Glossop Band Club where he put together a programme of existing music and new pieces.

“It was a huge success and the response was amazing.   The band played well and we got fantastic feedback. We also gave a concert in a church in Urmston which went down well.".

Adam left his home in Cornwall to come to Manchester and study in 2018.

He said: “It was a privilege to join such like-minded people.

“I have done some composition in the past. It is something I am working on at the RNCM.”

He is currently doing all his studies on line including exams.

“During my first year I played with Strata Brass in Barnsley. They are a new top second band and we did well in one competition.

“The sound of brass Is unique. It can be very rich and quietly beautiful,” he said.

Adam began playing in Brass Bands in Cornwall  when he was only seven. As well as playing the trumpet in the Cornwall Youth Brass Ensemble and the Cornwall Youth Brass Band, he was a member of the Cornwall Youth Orchestra where, at the age of 17, he was given a chance to conduct and he loved it.

“Conducting Stretford Band has been very enriching for me.   It is concert music and I love the community spirit.

“I can’t wait to get in front of them again. They are all fantastic people,” he said.