Laura Conway

Surrounded by a family that thrives for brass, Laura was introduced to the cornet at the very early age of three and was tutored mainly by her parents. By the age of 13 she had become Principal Cornet of the multi National and European award-winning Wardle Academy Youth Band lead by Conductor and Uncle, Lee Rigg. Laura held this position for six years and gained vast experience performing in some of the U.K.’s leading concert venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Symphony Hall, Bridgewater Hall and The Sage, as well as performing overseas in the European Youth Brass Band Championships in Germany and France. After completing her A-levels, in August 2016 Laura moved to Norway to study a one-year brass band course at Manger Folkehøgskule, near the city of Bergen. Here she was tutored by Jane Westervik and Henning Anundsen who were both previous Principal Cornet players of Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag. Her highlights as Principal Cornet with the Manger Folkehøgskule Brass Band include a gala concert at the Grieg Hall with guest soloist Adam Rapa and Conductor Bjørn Sagstad and the band’s England tour where she was a featured soloist. In her spare time, Laura travelled to Bergen to play for Manger Musikklag and held the Repiano and Solo Cornet seats. She performed with the band in Norway’s most prestigious contests – the Norwegian Nationals at the Grieg Hall and Siddis Brass in Stavanger and was conducted by Rune Hannisdal, Peter Szilvay and Martin Winter. Currently completing her third year of undergraduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, Laura is studying with leading virtuosos of the cornet Richard Marshall and Dr. Roger Webster. Whilst at the College she has also received tuition from Professor David King, Alexis Demailly and John Miller. Performance highlights so far include appearances with the RNCM Brass Band at London’s Regent Hall and the RNCM Concert Hall at the Festival of Brass, conducted by Dr. David Thornton and International Chair in Brass, James Gourlay. Alongside her studies at the RNCM, Laura joined the Fairey Band on Repiano Cornet in August 2017. During her time with the band she performed at the North West Regional Brass Band Championships, two British Opens and two National Finals. She also performed in the 2018 European Brass Band Championships in Utrecht, Holland whilst a member of the band. In October 2018 Laura fulfilled a lifelong dream and accepted the invitation to join the world famous Black Dyke Band. Since joining the band she has performed across the country to packed concert halls and looks forward to making appearances in Switzerland and Japan later in the year.
2nd Cornet