Siobhan Bates – Principal Tenor Horn
Siobhan, found she could get a decent sound out of a brass instrument when she was just 3 years old and by 5 she was playing the French Horn and Tenor Horn in the Brass and Wind Bands of the South Derbyshire Music Centre, based near her home in Swadlincote, Derbyshire.
At age 10 she auditioned and gained a place at the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire on French Horn until she was 15, eventually playing Principal Horn in the orchestras and ensembles there
At 13 she joined Gresley Colliery Youth and Senior Band, as well as Youth Brass 2000. She entered and won her first solo contest on Tenor Horn and became the LBBA Junior Champion.
2015 was a busy year for Siobhan, seeing her move from first horn at Gresley Colliery Band, to Solo Horn at Foresters Brass 2000. She made the controversial decision to take the French Horn less seriously in favour of studying the Tenor Horn and, after always being self-taught; she began to be tutored on the instrument for the first time ever.
After entering the BBC Young Brass Award in the previous year at age 16 she was pleasantly surprised to reach the semi-final of only 8 players and played two solos with the Brighouse and Rastrick Band. She began working with her tutor Owen Farr towards perfecting audition pieces and was offered places at all her Music College options, eventually accepting a place at the university of Salford. Siobhan was also proud to accept the position of Solo Horn with the Fairey Band led by Garry Cutt, and really valued her short time with them.
May 2016 saw Siobhan traveling to Lille with Youth Brass 2000 and their MD Chris Jeans, coming second in the Championship Section of the European Youth Brass Band contest. Siobhan was overwhelmed to win the Best European Youth instrumentalist prize with them as she performed Sandy Smiths, Capriccio Brilliante.