Mike Cavanagh is from Stockport and began playing the baritone horn aged 8. Growing up in Stockport Schools’ Brass Band, he then went on to join the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain (NYBBGB) where he held the Principal Baritone seat for five years. Whilst at the NYBBGB, Mike performed as part of the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall live on BBC Radio 3 and was a recipient of the coveted Maude Wright award; the Harold and Bernard Tovey award for excellence; the Harry Mortimer Concerto Soloist award and the Katie Ogden soloist prize. In January 2014 he accepted the position of S
Daniel Thomas hails from Rhymney in the South Wales valleys. He initially played percussion, but an obvious lack of promise soon facilitated a change to the euphonium when he was thirteen! He signed up for peripatetic brass lessons at Abertillery Comprehensive School, where his father also taught I.T. His first band was the now reformed Ebbw Vale Town Band, a local fourth section band who regularly came recruiting into local schools. He enjoyed two years with the band, sitting next to Grimethorpe's current second euphonium, Christian Dullea!
Zoe Lovatt-Cooper grew up in Cornwall and started playing the Flugelhorn Horn in the St Dennis learners group at the age of 6. She progressed to the youth band and played her first contest with the senior band aged 9. Her passion grew more as she started competing in Solo Contests throughout Cornwall and won many prizes. Whilst at St Dennis, the band gained promotion from the 4th to Championship section within 6 years.
Alison is a successful business woman, Director and Administrator for Doyen Recordings Ltd. Her experience prior to Doyen included Personal Assistant to Regional Director of National Car Company and Personal Assistant to Managing Director CWS Travel.
Alison academically gained an Honours Degree in Health and Social Care, Diploma in Health and Social Welfare and a Certificate in Health and Social Care.
Amy is a first year student studying at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and comes from Campbeltown, Scotland. Amy is currently Scottish Solo Champion and Principal Horn with the National Youth Band of Scotland.
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, eventually playing Principal Horn in the orchestras and ensembles there.