Principal Cornet – Nicholas Brill
Nicholas began his cornet playing at the age of 7 under the tuition of Bandmaster Howard Roberts and his grandfather Eddie Brill, in Merthyr Tydfil Salvation Army Young Peoples Band. After starting his secondary education at Cyfarthfa High School, he was then taught by Howard Jones, himself a former member of the famous Cory Band. It was during this time that he was a member of the local music service ensembles including Big Band, Brass Band and Orchestra. Nicholas started his contesting career in 2003 with Treherbert Band before moving to Llwydcoed in 2004. Further afield Nicholas became a member of the Four Counties Orchestra in 2002 and then after achieving Grade 8 in 2005 auditioned successfully for the National Youth Brass Band of Wales. During his time in the NYBBW, Nicholas was fortunate enough to work with conductors such as Dr. Robert and Nicholas Childs, Ray Farr, Nigel Boddice and Professor Edward Gregson. A highlight of his time in the band was the 25th Anniversary Tour to Canada in 2007.
On completion of his ‘A’ levels, Nicholas went to study Music at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Whilst there, he was taught by Llwydcoed’s current Musical Director Christopher Turner and had the opportunity to play with the College’s Brass Band in Residence, The Cory Band. The invitation to join the band was given by Dr. Robert Childs, and it coincided with one of the most successful periods in the bands history, where they were crowned Welsh, European, World and British Open Champions in a calendar year (2009).
Since completing his studies in 2010, after gaining a First Class Honours degree in Music, Nicholas returned to Llwydcoed band in 2011, moving to the Principal Cornet chair in 2012. Still heavily involved in Salvation Army activities, Nicholas is a member of The International Staff Band. Outside of music, Nicholas enjoys watching sports.
Soprano Cornet – Ian Johnson
Ian began playing cornet at the age of 7 in the Salvation Army in Merthyr with Howard Roberts. Then started having lessons in school with Howard Jones where he worked up to Grade 6 with merit. He has also played for Merthyr Tydfil Youth Orchestra and Big Band. He joined Llwydcoed band in 2005 on cornet and in 2010 he moved onto Soprano Cornet enjoying the successes of the past year as Llwydcoed progressed through the sections into the championship section and is looking forward to competing in this section next year!
2nd Man Down – Robert Spencer
Rob began playing cornet at the age of 8, with Adrian Morton as his teacher and immediately joined Cwmbran Band. At 12, Chris Turner became his teacher, and he joined the Greater Gwent Youth Brass Band and Orchestra shortly after this, of which he is still a member. Rob was given the principal cornet seat at Cwmbran aged 14, but moved to the same seat at Pontypool Brass under the direction of Owen Farr at 15. He has gone on to play in the National Youth Brass Band of Wales for the past four years, and in 2013 played with the European Youth Brass Band at the European Brass Band Championships in Norway. After six months without playing for a band following the start of medical school, Rob joined Llwydcoed Band in March 2014 on Repiano Cornet.
Tutti Cornet – Teifion Davies
Teifion joins us from Ammanford Band where he too was principal cornet profile and picture to appear soon
Tutti Cornet – Chloe Eagleson
Chloe joins us from Northern Ireland. she is studying cornet at RWCMD profile and picture to appear soon
Repiano – Richard Davies
Richard started playing at the age of 7 with the Aberaman Original Silver Band and then at the age of 9 moved to Llwydcoed Silver Band. In 1985 he joined the Cory Band and in 1990 he left to join Cwmaman Institute Silver Band and became their Principal Cornetist. During his period with Cwmaman Band he was the main driving force behind their successful rise from the 4th Section to the Championship Section. During his early years he was also Principal Cornet of the Mid Glamorgan Youth Brass Band and also a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Wales.
In 2003 he returned to the Cory Band on Solo Cornet, he moved to Repiano 2005 where he has remained until a switch to the Flugel Horn seat.
During his time with Cory he has greatly contributed to the Band’s many contest successes and he has been involved in: 4 European titles, 3 British Opens, 1 Nationals, 1 World Championship, 3 Brass in Concert Championship.
Richard left school at the age of 16 and went to work in Local Government where he is currently a Principal Officer in the Corporate Finance section. He is a professionally qualified Accounting Technician and also holds a professional Trainers qualification.
His most memorable performance Cory was winning the British Open playing Titan’s Progress where his solo contribution played a significant part in securing the title that day.
Richard’s boyhood hero and most inspirational person in banding is James Shepherd. “I adored his technique and sound, each time I practiced I tried to emulate him. I also enjoy listening to the playing of Wynton Marsalis, Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong. Other influential people in my career have to be my parents, my very sympathetic wife Clare, Dr Robert Childs and also the late Cynan Jones who was an amazing teacher and confidant during my years at Cwmaman.”
Richard rejoins Llwydcoed and is looking forward to the future with this hard working band.
Richard has recently taken up fly fishing and hopes to catch a fish one day.
2nd Cornet – Graham Brill
Graham comes from a Salvation Army background In Merthyr Tydfil and received his early lessons at home from the age of four. On joining the Young Peoples band at the age of 7, received further tuition from Trefor Davies. Graham also received tuition on the piano from Mr Tom Williams and reached grade 6 standard at Trinity College London.
On moving to comprehensive school, Graham became a member of the Mid Glamorgan County brass band under the leadership of Ieaun Morgan, playing at various functions including playing in front of Princess Margaret at Duffryn House. At the same time, Graham progressed to the Senior Band at Merthyr Salvation Army playing flugal horn before becoming Principal Cornet a position he held for 15 years as well as holding the positions of Band Secretary and Deputy Bandmaster.During this time highlights included playing at the Royal Albert hall and Leading the band on an Easter Tour of Norway.
Graham had helped the Llwydcoed band on an informal basis, but joined the band in December 2007 as one off which as continued up to the present day.
Highlights of his time at Llwydcoed would be winning performance of Resurgam at the Welsh Areas competition at Swansea and playing the National Finals at Cheltenham.
Graham is looking forward to the Challenge of working on The Torch bearer for the areas at Swansea in March 2015 and Tallis variations for Blackpool in May 2015 under MD Christopher Turner.
Outside of banding, Graham is employed as an adult education tutor and likes soccer, rugby and cricket and cooking. Since 2010 Graham has been Chairman of the Friends of The National Brass Band of Wales and plays an active role in raising funds to commission new works for the band and the annual course polo shirts for the band members.
2nd Cornet – Gabrielle Brill
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3rd Cornet – Harri Seymour
Harri joins us from Blaenavon Band and is taught by MD Chris Turner
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3rd Cornet – Rhian Thomas
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3rd Cornet – Terry Duckstein
Terry learnt to play the Cornet at the age of 6 in the junior band of Cardiff Cathays Salvation Army. He then progressed into the senior band. Terry attended numerous South Wales Divisional music schools. Terry joined the Treharris Salvation Army band in 1990. After approx 10 years out of Banding Terry joined the Llwydcoed Band in 2009 playing 2nd Cornet on Laudate Dominum at Ebbw Vale under Carl Saunders.