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Bethan Brown named principal baritone at Leyland

Friday 31 January, 2020

There’s a new principal baritone at Leyland Band, following the appointment of the highly-rated Bethan Brown.

Bethan becomes the band’s second signing of 2020, strengthening the line-up in the build-up to the North West Regionals.

Currently in her third year of study at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Bethan has already gained considerable top-flight banding experience.

At 14, she joined the GUS Band and won three Midlands Regionals titles which resulted in performances at the National Brass Band Championships. Since making the move to Birmingham, Bethan has had spells on principal baritone with the Staffordshire Band, Jaguar Land Rover and Foresters Brass while making guest appearances with the likes of Brighouse, Foden’s and Tredegar.

Following a successful period as principal baritone with the National Children’s Band of Great Britain, Bethan graduated into the National Youth Band, taking the principal seat aged 14 while also qualifying for the Harry Mortimer Concerto Competition.

Thomas Wyss, musical director, commented: “Bethan is an outstanding young talent and we are delighted to have welcomed her to Leyland Band.

"She comes highly recommended as a wonderful student at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and her soloistic qualities were clear for everyone to hear when she began to play.

"It is great to have two of the finest young prospects playing in the same section in Bethan Brown and James Blackford and we are looking forward to competing at the North West Regionals.”