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Issue 6072

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Black Dyke's Stephanie Wilkins opts for Geneva

Friday 20 November, 2020

Black Dyke Band flugelhorn player Stephanie Wilkins is the latest performer to join the Geneva roster as she becomes a performance and development artist.

The accomplished player recently joined the Queensbury outfit following a short spell at Grimethorpe Colliery Band. Prior to that, she played principal cornet at Fairey Band and enjoyed a lengthy, successful spell at Cory.

Reflecting on her new association with the instrument manufacturer, Stephanie said: “I was unsure exactly what to expect regarding the Geneva Oldroyd Cardinal flugel and after having always played another brand, my standards were very high. The instrument, however, is exceptional and I was convinced by its quality after the first note. For starters, it is beautiful – the ornate engraving with the nickel bell stands out from other makes. Put this alongside the pure tone quality and it's a perfect match for me.

“Having been a cornet player for many years, I am keen to keep my technique sharp and the precision build of the Geneva instrument allows for a clear and sharp production in all technical challenges and throughout the range. I am very proud to call this my instrument of choice.”

In 2011 Stephanie started studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD), where she gained a BMus (Hons) Degree. She was very successful during her time at RWCMD, winning the Phillip Jones Brass Ensemble prize two years in a row, becoming a finalist for the Linda Mowat Brass Award and winner of the Harry Mortimer Award for the institution’s outstanding brass musician, an award presented at the British Open.