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Thursday 6 February, 2020

The Brighouse and Rastrick Band has appointed Amy Ewen to the position of solo baritone.

Amy is a final year student at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and, following her graduation in the summer, she will begin pursuing a master’s degree at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Ste Cavanagh, chairman of Brighouse and Rastrick Band, commented: “We’re absolutely thrilled Amy is joining the team on solo baritone. Amy is a fantastic young talent and has already impressed many with her playing, particularly in recent performances, including her exciting concerto performance at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s Brass Fest in January as guest soloist, and her performance in Brighouse’s concert at the Royal Northern College of Music’s Brass Band Festival.

“Amy’s upcoming studies, paired with the unparalleled musical direction and guidance of our professional conductor, Professor David King, make it an extremely exciting time for both Amy and all at Brighouse and Rastrick Band.”

Commenting on her appointment, Amy said: “I’m extremely excited to be starting a new chapter with Brighouse and Rastrick on solo baritone and I look forward to seeing what the future holds. I feel honoured to be given this opportunity and I'm excited for my debut on the contest stage in Huddersfield Town Hall at the Yorkshire Regional Championships.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Grimethorpe Colliery Band for the most enjoyable and enlightening months of my performing career so far. I have laughed at every rehearsal as well as thoroughly enjoying the concerts, contests and recordings, under the directorship of David Thornton. They have been invaluable to my musical development and I wish them all the best in the future.”