The Cornish Youth Brass Band is set to welcome Elgar Howarth to conduct - and in return he has written something as a thank you. Over the years many distinguished and well known conductors and soloists have visited the Cornwall Youth Brass Band, but there can be few who have such a high profile as guest conductor, Elgar Howarth and guest soloist, Yvette Bonner, who will be joining them for their Easter Residential Course at The Truro High School for Girls. New composition To mark his visit to Elgar Howarth has written a new piece for percussion especially for the band to play on this course. He has recently completed five years as Music Director of The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, and still continues his long standing association with Grimethorpe Colliery Band. New departure In a new departure a vocal soloist will join the band for the first time. The lyric Soprano Yvette Bonner will be Guest Soloist for performances of Elgar Howarth’s 'Four Folk Songs' and 'Four Songs by Henry Purcell', which he wrote and arranged for The National Youth Brass Band. Yvette is a Graduate of The Royal Academy of Music and made her debut at The Royal Opera House in 2001. She is a regular soloist with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and has sung all over Europe and America. Singing with a brass band for the first time, she comes direct to Cornwall from making her debut in Rome. Working hard The seventy musicians of The Cornwall Youth Brass Band, under their Senior Tutor, David Loukes, have been working hard at their monthly rehearsals preparing for the Easter Course, which takes place from April 6th to 9th. With two such high profile Guests joining them they are looking forward to four days of intensive music making which will culminate in their Gala Concert at St Michael’s Church, Newquay on Monday 9th April.