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.
At 13, she joined Gresley Colliery Youth and Senior Band, as well as Youth Brass 2000. She also 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.
Soon after this, at the age of 17, Siobhan was 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 travelling to Lille with Youth Brass 2000 and their MD Chris Jeans. Siobhan was overwhelmed to win the Best European Youth Instrumentalist Prize having performed Sandy Smith’s arrangement of “Capriccio Brilliante”.
In March 2019, Siobhan entered the prestigious BrassPass.tv Young Brass Award (previously Radio 2 Young Brass Award) and felt honoured to be the first to win this award under its new ownership at the age of 20.
Siobhan joined Black Dyke at the age of 18 in June 2016 and is now in her second year at Huddersfield University studying Solo Performance.