Wilkins heads to Queensbury as new flugel

Former Fairey Band principal cornet Steph Wilkins will take over the flugel horn role at Black Dyke Band.

Steph Wilkins
  Steph Wilkins will swap roles from cornet to flugel at Black Dyke

Black Dyke has announced the appointment of former Fairey Band principal cornet Stephanie Wilkins as their new flugel horn.

The former Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama graduate was also a recipient of a prestigious Harry Mortimer Award during her time in Wales where she played repiano and flugel for Cory for seven years.

In 2018 she was appointed principal cornet at Fairey, gaining widespread acclaim with the North West band for her performances in the role. More recently she joined Grimethorpe Colliery Band on repiano and now makes the move the Queensbury.

Couldn't let pass

Speaking about the appointment, Stephanie told 4BR: "Having played flugel during my time at Cory, I knew this was an opportunity which I simply couldn't let pass.

I've always had a passion for the instrument and can't wait for the new opportunities which lie ahead. I've always admired Black Dyke and can't wait to get started with them as soon as it is possible and working with Prof Childs and the band."

She has all the qualities of a world class soloist underpinned by an outstanding sound. We look forward to welcoming her to the band when restrictions allow us to returnProf Nicholas Childs

Great admirer

In response Black Dyke's Music Director said: "It is always sad when you lose a player of Zoe's Lovatt-Cooper's calibre. However, one departure creates another opportunity, and I've been a great admirer of Steph's playing for some time.

She has already made a fine name for herself as a performer and I'm sure will grasp the opportunity at Black Dyke with both musical hands."

Prof Childs added: "She has all the qualities of a world class soloist underpinned by an outstanding sound. We look forward to welcoming her to the band when restrictions allow us to return."

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