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Bassoonist Ashby Mayes blows us away

Ashby MayesA hero among our newest OWs has been Ashby Mayes (OW 2017) who masterminded the 2017 Yearbook with most admirable efficiency. The Association sponsors this every year as a lasting record for VIth form leavers of their final years at Wells. Often there is a fair bit of post-production work required before printing, but Ashby edited and delivered the book polished and print ready.

YEARBOOK 2017 Page 001He said then, “the past few months have been very busy, sending email after email, nagging for that final baby photo to be sent in, formatting the 109 profiles into a 70,000 word document. I’m sure the whole year is fed up of seeing yet another email from me but at least it’s over now! I have been honoured to make this yearbook. Reading through everyone’s profiles, it’s so nice to see people sharing their favourite memories at the school as well as many random in-jokes and nicknames I will never begin to understand…  I hope you treasure this so you don’t forget what an incredible place Wells Cathedral School really has been for all of us.”

At Wells Ashby was an accomplished specialist bassoon player and sang in the Chamber Choir. He also won a place with the National Youth Orchestra of Greta Britain as principal bassoon. After a holiday in Italy he is looking forward to going to the Royal College of Music in September.