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New principals to lead Fairey to Open

Stephanie Wilkins and Adam Bokaris take on the principal cornet and solo euphonium roles with Fairey as they look towards Symphony Hall.

Fairey
  Fairey Band welcomes their two new principal players in time for their British Open debuts

The Fairey Band has announced the appointment of a new principal cornet and solo euphonium as they look ahead to their appearance at the British Open in September.

Principal cornet

Stephanie Wilkins, a former student of the RWCMD in Cardiff, and Harry Mortimer Award Winner, becomes the Stockport Band's new principal cornet.

After enjoying a hugely successful seven year period with Cory, relocation to Greater Manchester has enabled her to accept role that has been held by some of the most famous names in banding.

And it's one she is looking forward to as she told 4BR: "I feel very proud and honoured and am really looking forward to the new challenge ahead."

Solo euphonium

Meanwhile, Adam Bokaris has become the band's new solo euphonium. Having joined from Leyland 18 months ago, Adam has just finished his studies at the RNCM in Manchester, gaining a First Class honours degree, and earlier this year won the 'Best Soloist' award at the UniBrass Championships.

He takes over the role as Jim Fieldhouse steps down due to the increasing difficulty of balancing his career as a professional musician with band commitments.

Delighted

Professional conductor Garry Cutt told 4BR: "I'm delighted that we have such exciting young playing talent taking up principal seats with the band.

It was immediately obvious having met Steph and heard her play, that she was the right person for the role. She is a first-rate bandsperson and a great player.

Adam has deputised on solo euphonium over the last few months on various occasions and has done a fantastic job. He is the ideal player to fill this important role."

I'm delighted that we have such exciting young playing talent taking up principal seats with the bandGarry Cutt

Thanks

Meanwhile, band spokesperson Rebecca Lundberg added: "A special thanks must firstly go to Brian Taylor for doing a sterling job on the end chair over the last 12 months and also to Jim Fieldhouse for his input over the last six years.

Jim has been instrumental in the band's recent success, as a player, composer and organiser, the pinnacle being his performance in London as we qualified for the 2018 European Championships. We'll miss him and we wish him every success for the future."

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