Cory Band, the current European, British Open, Brass in Concert and Brass Pass UK Band of the Year Champion, has announced two new additions to the ranks: Owain Llestyn (cornet) and Emily Quick (percussion).
Owain is 18 years old and is the Principal Cornet of the National Youth Brass Band of Wales. He began his banding with Llanrug Band ten years ago before moving to Championship Section Northop Band on Principal Cornet in at the age of 16 in 2017 and more recently to Fairey Band. He was also the Principal Cornet of the European Youth Brass Band in Montreux in 2019, and is the current North Wales over-18 solo champion. He will soon commence studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Emily is 19 years old and is the Principal Percussionist of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain. She grew up in Devon playing for the Hatherleigh Town Band before moving to Bodmin Twon Band in 2013 and for the last year has been with the Flowers Band. She is a student at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.
Commenting on the new recruits, Cory Band Musical Director Philip Harper said: “It’s great to welcome two major talents of the younger generation to Cory Band. I’ve been watching both players for a number of years and witnessing the development of their skills, musicianship and personality, and I’m delighted to have found an opportunity to bring both into Cory Band. I’m sure both Owain and Emily have a very bright future ahead of them and we’re all looking forward to having them with Cory.”
Owain and Emily will be making their contest debut with Cory for the defence of its British Open title in Birmingham in September.