Rebecca started playing trombone at the age of nine with several local brass bands in and around the Yorkshire Dales, eventually joining the Fishburn band in the North East, before moving to West Yorkshire to study music at the University of Huddersfield. Rebecca had a rewarding time at University, gaining a first class honours degree and receiving final year awards for ‘significant contribution to concert life’ within the music department and the Studio Music prize for brass band arranging. She was also the recipient of the Harry Mortimer prize for an outstanding brass musician. Following her degree, Rebecca studied for a Masters in music performance at the Royal Northern College of Music, under the guidance of Chris Houlding.
During this time, Rebecca was appointed principal trombone of the Sellers International band, a position she held for five years before joining the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band in 2008. She has performed with many of the country’s leading brass bands and was proud to accept an invitation to join the world famous Fairey Band on principal trombone in 2012. Rebecca has performed at various leading concert venues in the UK and Europe, and has featured regularly as a soloist, including performances at the World Music Festival, on BBC radio and on CD recordings with the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band and the Fairey Band.
Outside of her performing commitments, Rebecca is also very passionate about developing young musicians and working in youth education. Having spent 10 years working in Secondary Education, predominantly as a Head of Music, Rebecca is now a Senior Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education and Course Leader for the Secondary Music BA at the University of Huddersfield. This role continues to allow her to nurture musicians of the future and to continue her own professional development as she studies for a doctorate in Music Education.
Rebecca also composes and arranges music for brass and wind band, including commissions to compose music for the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band and a range of educational projects across the country. Rebecca’s arrangements and compositions have also been performed on BBC radio and television and her compositions are currently published with Kirklees Music and the educational music specialists Spartan Press.
Since 2013, Rebecca has been the associate conductor for the Leyburn Band in North Yorkshire. In that time, there have been many highlights including the award-winning year of 2014, where the band received first place at both the ‘Brass at Ripon’ Entertainment Contest and the Hardraw Scar Contest, with Rebecca also receiving the best conductor award.
Josh Cargill is a bass trombone player from Northern Ireland. He began playing in brass bands at the age of 10 when he joined the 1st Old Boys’ Youth Band where he played bass trombone for 10 years. For the latter five of these years, he also played with the 1st Old Boys’ Silver Band - one of Northern Ireland’s top bands.
Outside of banding, Josh also has a lot of orchestral experience, previously being principal bass trombone in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Ulster Youth Orchestra and the City of Belfast Youth Orchestra where, in 2018, he was awarded the Stephen Parker Memorial Award for his commitment to the orchestra.
In 2018, Josh was offered a place to study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with a scholarship, where he is now studying with his teacher, Christian Jones. Coming to Manchester also gave Josh the opportunity to play with the world famous Fairey Band.
Rachel began playing at the age of 12, being taught initially by her parents and also through lessons at school in Perth. At the age of 16 Rachel began being taught by David James, former principal trumpet of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Whilst at school Rachel was awarded the Thomas H Stewart Memorial Award, for the highest placed Brass competitor in the Perform in Perth Festival, for three consecutive years.
After leaving school Rachel went on to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she graduated with a first class honours degree in music education, and has worked as a music teacher in one of the Scotland's highest performing secondary schools since then.
Rachel was principal horn of the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland for four years under the direction of Richard Evans and also performed with the European Youth Brass Band in 2011 in Montreaux. She played 2nd horn with the Whitburn Band for three years before accepting the position of Solo Horn with the Kirkintilloch Band, which she held for four years. Rachel is also the current Scottish Open Solo Champion.
Rachel will continue her studies at the RNCM in September, when she will begin a Masters in Performing and she is delighted to have the opportunity to be a part of the Fairey band.