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Wednesday 24 June, 2020

Tenor horn player Siobhan Bates is the latest brass soloist to have joined the roster at the Geneva Group.

Siobhan, who has held the principal horn seat at Black Dyke Band for the past four years, follows the likes of Richard Marshall and Dan Thomas in choosing Geneva as her instrument of choice.

She recently graduated from the University of Huddersfield with a first-class honours degree in solo performance and will begin studies towards a PGCE in primary education in September.

Brett Baker, general manager of the Geneva Group, commented: “During lockdown we have managed to continue to develop new models of instrument and attract high profile artists to the company. Siobhan has been helping us in development for a number of months and feels now is the right time to play one of our Oldroyd Cardinal tenor horns.”

Originally from Swadlincote, Derbyshire, Siobhan began playing the horn at an early age at her local music centre. At 10, she was granted a scholarship to study French horn and voice at Birmingham Junior Conservatoire. From the age of 13, Siobhan was solo horn at Gresley Colliery Youth and Senior Band, then Youth Brass 2000 and Foresters Brass, and progressed to solo horn with the Fairey Band, where she performed her first British Open and National Championships at the age of 17.  

In 2016 Siobhan won the best instrumentalist prize at the European Youth Championship in Lille with Youth Brass 2000. During her first year with Black Dyke she won best soloist prize at the Yorkshire Regionals and in March 2019, she won the prestigious Young Brass Award (previously Radio 2 Young Brass Award).

Commenting on the news, Siobhan said: “The Oldroyd Cardinal tenor horn is a beautiful instrument, both aesthetically and with the sound it produces. The valves are slick and effortless, making every aspect of the Oldroyd Cardinal tenor horn first-class.”

Image by Lorne Campbell.