Zoe Hancock started playing the flugel horn at the very young age of 6, when she attended the learners group of her local village band in the clay mining area of St Dennis. She soon progressed through to the Youth Band and at the age of 9 played her first contest with the young and revitalised St Dennis Senior Band. Zoe’s passion grew more as she started competing in Solo Contests throughout Cornwall and won many prizes. During her time with St Dennis, the band gained promotion from the Fourth to Championship section within six years.
At the age of 10 she joined the Cornwall Youth Brass Band and attended her first course with the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain in Easter 2006. Here she gained invaluable, experience and knowledge from top class sectional tutors and was directed by world class conductors such as Bramwell Tovey, Dr. Robert Childs, Christopher Adey and Dr. Nicholas Childs. Easter 2007 saw Zoe appointed principal flugel horn which she maintained for eight courses. In 2009 she won the Harry Mortimer Solo Award and in 2010 was presented with the Maud Wright Award.
Zoe was a finalist in the 2010 Radio 2 Brass Young Musician and currently studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with her instrumental tutor, Owen Farr. After completing her first year at music college she was awarded The Harry Mortimer Memorial Trust, Brass Student of the Year.
In 2010, with the Tredegar Town Band, she achieved many successes on the contest stage culminating in a unique double, winning both the Grand Shield and the British Open in the same year. Zoe joined Black Dyke Band in November 2010 as their flugel horn soloist and graduated from RWCMD with a first class honour degree in 2013.
In 2014 Zoe won the prize for the Best Soloist at the British Open followed by the prize for the Best Instrumentalist at the National Championships of Great Britain five weeks later.