Black Dyke has confirmed that Siobhan Bates has become the new solo horn player with the Yorkshire Regional champion.
The 18 year old who completed her A level exams this week, will start her studies at the RNCM in Manchester in September, and takes over the role from Jonathan Bates who recently left the band to concentrate on his increasing composing, study and solo commitments.
Regarded as one of leading young horn players in the UK, Siobhan recently claimed the 'Best Instrumentalist' award playing for Youth Brass 2000 at the European Youth Championships in Lille, as well as gaining critical acclaim for her performances playing for Virtuoso GUS and more recently Fairey.
Reflecting on her appointment, Siobhan said: "Black Dyke has always been the band I have aspired to play for, and for me, it's a dream come true.
I would like to thank Garry Cutt and Fairey Band for everything they have done for me and for such a great experience."
Meanwhile, Black Dyke Director of Music Professor Nicholas Childs added: "I first met Siobhan at my International Brass Band Summer School. She is a talented young musician with a wonderful sound who will join an exceptional team of Zoe Hancock, Helen Varley and Alison Childs."
Chris Jeans, Artistic Director of Youth Brass 2000 added: "We wish Siobhan all the best for the future and I'm sure that she will have many years of fantastic banding at the highest level — the first being a trip to Japan.
I'm also pleased that Siobhan still wishes to continue being a member of Youth Brass 2000 as and when available. This is a remarkable achievement for someone of this tender age to achieve."
She is a talented young musician with a wonderful sound who will join an exceptional team of Zoe Hancock, Helen Varley and Alison ChildsProf Nicholas Childs
Siobhan is the third female solo horn in the band's history, following in the musical footsteps of Leslie Howie and Sheona White, and will officially make her debut in concert with the band at Halifax Minster on the 30th June.