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.