Alphorn players take part in Nottingham festival

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Players of one of the world's longest instruments have taken part in what organisers believe was the first ever alphorn gathering in the UK.

The East Midlands Horn and Alphorn Festival took place at Lakeside in Nottingham on 3 April.

It comprised recitals, masterclasses and workshops from some of the leading alphorn players and hornists and over 100 amateur and student musicians.

Alphorn player Frances Jones explained that the alphorn was the sound of the Swiss Alps.

She said: "When people play it it takes the audience and the player to the mountains. It's very nice to bring that to Nottingham."

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