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
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
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
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.
Brass playing is in Isobel’s DNA with her family’s background firmly rooted in music within The Salvation Army.
Isobel began to play the cornet at the age of 3 under the joint direction of her father, David Daws, himself a world renowned cornet soloist and the late Maisie Ringham Wiggins MBE, herself an iconic trombonist and female brass pioneer.
Isobel moved onto the trombone in September 2008 and within six months she successfully auditioned and gained a scholarship to study trombone and piano at The Purcell School of Music.
In 2016 after 8 successful years at the Purcell Isobel moved to the world renowned Chetham’s School where she is continuing to study trombone and piano as well as studying for her A levels. Isobel was a winner of the 2017 Chetham’s Concerto Competition and is looking forward to performing at Chetham’s brand new Stoller Hall in 2018.
Isobel was delighted to be chosen as one of the five finalists in the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year 2014 Brass Category Final, but her biggest achievement to date was to be crowned the winner of the BBC Young Brass Award in 2017 live on Radio 2 in April. As winner she will be the featured soloist at this years British Open Brass Band Contest at the Symphony Hall accompanied by Cory, the World’s No 1 ranked band.
Isobel is alumni of the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama, The National Children’s and Youth Brass Bands of Great Britain as well as The National Children’s and Youth Orchestras of Great Britain.
Outside of school Isobel enjoys membership of one of the world’s oldest and finest Brass Bands - The Fairey Band and with them will be representing England at the 2018 European Brass Band Championships.
Lucy began playing at the age of 8 with the Marple Junior Band. Progressing through the B Band, she eventually joined the Marple (senior) Band at the age of 18 in 1990, making her first contest appearance at the Grand Shield that year, where the band qualified for their first of many appearances at the British Open.
Several very successful years followed with Marple, the most memorable being when the unsponsored, village band were crowned British Open Champions in 1996, following four top 6 placings since their first appearance at the contest. She went on to join the Fairey Band, from Stockport, in January 2004, and spent 5 enjoyable years with them. Following a break from ‘banding’, Lucy joined Brighouse & Rastrick in January 2011 and with the band, achieved a number of titles at the Yorkshire Regional contest, and a National title at the Royal Albert Hall.
Lucy’s playing has taken her to various parts of the world – most notably, performances of ‘Acid Brass’ with Faireys throughout Europe, and a tour of Thailand and Singapore with the Desford Band. More recently, she has twice become a Swedish National Band Champion with the Windcorp Brass Band from Gothenburg. In early 2012, Lucy was nominated for the 4barsrest brass band website’s ‘Player of the Year’ award, in recognition of her consistently high-level performances on the concert and contest platform, and was awarded the ‘Best Instrumentalist’ award at the Yorkshire Area contest in March the same year.
January 2016 saw a return to The Fairey Band, where Lucy looks forward to some exciting and successful times ahead. Lucy has appeared as guest soloist in the UK and overseas on a number of occasions, and hopes to further develop this aspect of her playing, having accepted an invitation to become a Yamaha Flugel Horn Artist.
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.
Bobby is a student at the Royal Northern College of Music studying under Sheona White. Bobby is from the Isle of Man where he began playing the tenor horn at the age of 7 with Rushen Silver Band. After playing in the band for three years he was appointed Solo Horn when he was only 13 years old. Bobby was a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain for five years, starting when he was 14 years old under the direction of Bramwell Tovey. The highlight was playing at the BBC Proms in 2012.
Recently after starting his studies at the RNCM, Bobby joined the Fairey Band in October 2013 and has played around the country at some of the finest concert halls in the UK including The Royal Albert Hall, The Bridgewater Hall, The Sage Gateshead, Symphony Hall Birmingham and has also toured with the band in Berlin in 2014.