Female Principals at the bass end

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Di B, Oct 24, 2007.

  1. Di B

    Di B Member

    Was speaking to someone last night about euphonium players we admire and it occured to me that I cannot name a single principal female euphonium player with a top championship section band!

    I know that more and more women are playing in bands, even in the bass end, but I had never considered that there are still very few and far between at the top end of banding.

    Can anyone name principal euph, trom and bass players in say, the top 50 bands that are female? Partly for my own interest, but also to provide people to aspire to for the younger generations!

  2. johnmartin

    johnmartin Active Member

    Alison Bonnar - euph at Scottish Co-op
    Marion Brackpool - trombone at Kirkintilloch

    but you're right about bass players.
  3. jamieow

    jamieow Member

    Have a look at BTM band and Pennine Brass....
  4. alexandria

    alexandria Member

    Bass Players

    Our Principal Eb bass player is female.

    Kate James - BTM Band.

    Bring it on matey!
  5. Sarah17

    Sarah17 New Member

    Redbridge, L&SC
  6. stevetrom

    stevetrom Well-Known Member

    Have'nt Cholsey got a female on principal euph?

    Maybe not top 50 yet but it's only a matter of time :D
  7. Sarah17

    Sarah17 New Member

    Yeah, and Chalgrove !
  8. NeilW

    NeilW Member

    There aren't many female conductors either (other than Catherine!) in top section bands...
  9. Toni2

    Toni2 Member

    sellers have mostly female principals.
  10. Di B

    Di B Member

    Can people name the principals as well as providing the band? It is usually easier to trach their playing history in future thay way!

    I'd also be interested to know if there are any solo recordings from women 'bass end' players out there!

  11. Redhorn

    Redhorn New Member

    Lisa James/Brill at Redbridge, Principal Euph
    Su Cordiner at Redbridge, Principal Trom

    Aveley had Sophie Rhodes as Principal Euph until recently.
  12. Bones

    Bones Member


    Alison Bonnar - Scot Coop
    Evelyn Bradley - Whitburn
    Natsumi Inaba - Fodens/Besses

    Katrina Marzella - Leyland
    Helen Tyler - Fodens
    Natsumi Inaba - Fodens
    Carole Crompton - Desford/Ransomes etc etc
    Margi Antrobus - ex YBS
    Laura Boyle - Reg Vardy

    Becky Smith - Played with most, YBS etc, great Euph player as well
    Camilla Tweit - Played with Fodens
    Marion Brackpool - Kirkintilloch (who did a great job on a difficult solo last Sat, hats off to her)
    Lisa Sarasini - Faireys, superb
    Ros Davies - ex YBS, Faireys, Halle Orchestra
    Maisie Ringham - Halle
    Helen Vollam - BBC SO (I think)
    Katy Pryce - ex BBC Welsh now Fine Arts BRass

    I know I've included a lot of non banders but woman seem reasonably represented.
  13. There the lovely Michelle Hockings at Polysteel. Admittedly not prinicpal but she would be if she was to join our band. See you soon Michelle. Sing you another song.
  14. barrytone

    barrytone Member

    My sister is principal Eb bass at Newstead Brass, believe they're ranked fairly high up.
  15. Gorgie boy

    Gorgie boy Member

    For a while Bon Accord band in Aberdeen (Championship) played with an all female bass section. They were good too............
  16. Gorgie boy

    Gorgie boy Member

    And while we're on the topic, Raymond Tennant has put together an all girls band in Scotland recently, called Girls Allowed. They competed at Brass in the Park in Newtongrange recently and pushed Whitburn hard, eventually coming second. My girlfriend (Fiona Gormley - principal trombone) says they're very good.

    PS - ALL of their principals are females :biggrin:

    By the way, you can catch them this Saturday evening at Clydebank Salvation Army.
  17. brasscrest

    brasscrest Active Member

    Over on this side of the water, we have a similar group - the Athena Brass Band.

    And the conductor of the Cincinnati Brass Band is Anita Cocker-Hunt, who is also the immediate past president of the North American Brass Band Association.
  18. zak

    zak Member

    Lots and lots of very good female principals as listed above. Another 3 that spring to mind are..

    Kirsty Abbotts.... fantastic principal cornet at Frickley


    Wendy Pickton... not sure which band she played for but what a fantastic euphonium player!!

    and last but certainly not least....

    My other half... Helen Geoghegan, principal euph at Haydock band... really underated player!! (and believe me that's an unbiased opinion).:clap:
  19. lausonbass

    lausonbass Member

    Well at Foresters brass I am principal EEb bass and Fiona Casewell is Solo Euph (she's an amazing player). i'm sure we'll be in the top 50 bands one day.

    There is a cool cd called all star girls of brass, i found it really inspiring when i was younger
  20. mikey.smithy

    mikey.smithy Member

    Linda Hobbs is principal EEb Bass at Virtuosi GUS. Cracking player!

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