Siobhan Bates

Originally from Swadlincote, Derbyshire, Siobhan began her musical development gaining a scholarship at just 10 years old to study French Horn and Voice at the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire, where she became Principal Horn in their Orchestras and Ensembles.

Her banding career has included tenures at Gresley Colliery Youth and Senior Band, Foresters Brass and Youth Brass 2000, where she won the 'Best Instrumentalist' prize at the European Youth Championships, in Lille, in 2016. She joined Fairey Band at the age of 17 and she performed at her first British Open and National Championships with them.
Siobhan joined Black Dyke Band in 2016 shortly after her 18th birthday and has become a hugely respected soloist and band player. She won the 'Best Soloist' award at the 2017 Yorkshire Area Championship at the age of 18 and was the inaugural winner of the prestigious BrassPass.TV Young Brass Award (previously Radio 2 Young Brass Award) in 2019, aged 20.
Having recently graduated from the University of Huddersfield with a first-class Honours Degree in Solo Performance, she will begin her studies towards a PGCE in Primary Education in September.

Her ambition is to become more widely recognised as an International Soloist, Tutor and Ambassador of the Tenor Horn, and in her role as the Tenor Horn Performance and Development Artist for Geneva, she hopes to inspire the next generation of brass players.

Picture by: Lorne Campbell / Guzelian

Siobhan Bates image

"The Oldroyd Cardinal Tenor Horn is a beautiful instrument, both aesthetically and tonally. The valves are slick and effortless, making every aspect of the instrument first class."


Bore 11.79mm (0.464")
Bell 205mm (8.1)" Full Hand Hammered Nickel Silver Bell, Hand Engraved
Lead Pipe Rose Brass
Side Bows Rose Brass
Triggers Main, Thumb Trigger
Valves 3 Stainless Steel Piston Valves (Top Sprung)
Inner Slides Nickel Silver
Outer Sliders Nickel Silver
Tuning Slide Rose Brass
Finish Lacquer with Black Nickel Plated Trimmings or Silverplate (Optional)

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