Principal Cornet – 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 is a phenomenal player and a great role model to many, including players within the band. This makes him a great leader, and the best man to be in charge of our cornet section. His mellow cornet tone is distinctive and capturing and Richard is a great asset to Llwydcoed Band, not only as a player but also as a person – his humour really does put a smile on our faces!
When Richard isn’t in the band room he is working on his tan while chasing a little white ball around.
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 years as Llwydcoed progressed through the sections into the championship section. Ian’s tone and ability to play soft is second to none and has developed into a fine Soprano Cornet Player. Qualifying for the National Finals in 2020 is a dream come true and makes all the hard work worthwhile.
2nd Man Down – Ffion Haf Morris
Ffion was introduced to brass banding from a very early age by her father and began playing the cornet at the age of 7. She was a member of the Cwmtawe Youth Band for 10 years which she worked her way up the section to becoming their principal cornet player which she held for 3 years until she accepted a place at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama to study the cornet with Chris Turner – she will be entering her final year this coming September. Ffion joined us in 2019 from the M1 City of Cardiff Band where she was also bumper up. Ffion posses a strong warm lyrical sound and has fitted into the section and the band with ease. Ffion is looking forward to the future in Llwydcoed and is loving sitting next to the Legend Richard Davies who she is learning so much (good and bad) from.
Tutti Cornet – Teifion Davies
Teifion Wŷn Davies started playing in 1980, his grandfather told him to join a band, because he was always making loud noises with hose pipes. Teifion followed that advise and is forever grateful to him for setting him on his musical journey. Teifion played in two youth bands West Glamorgan youth & National Youth Brass Band of Wales, where he made lots of life long friends and he is still in touch with these friends after 30+years. He has played in many venues throughout the world but his highlight was playing in the RAH London for the youth finals with West Glam and has been longing to play there again. That journey continued as he played for G.C.G. Band, Bsc Band, Penclawdd and the Ammanford Band. With these bands Teifion toured all over the world including Germany, France, Norway and Australia.
Teifion finally signed back in the championship section, with a motivated, musically outstanding and friendly band “Llwydcoed Band”, in his words “Every player on their stands are just class, especially the M.D.Christopher Turner, the work commitment, enthusiasm to drive us to do our best is something else. Every rehearsal is a pleasure to be there”.
Teifion has been to Married to Jan for 26 years and is a Father of three Peta, Charlette & Nicole and a Grandfather to two Megan-Wŷn & Cerith. Teifion loves playing most nights with different bands, Teifion said “that’s just an excuse for me to get out of the house, too many women, can’t get a word in edgewise’.
Tutti Cornet – Elisabeth Rogers
From a very early age, Elisabeth was introduced to brass banding with her late grandfather, Eifion Rogers, buying her a cornet when she was born. She began playing at the age of 7, being inspired by her family’s involvement in brass banding. At the age of 8, Liz joined her family’s local brass band, Ammanford Town Silver Band, playing both cornet and flugelhorn. Working her way through the ranks, she gained the principal seat as the youngest ever principal cornet of the band, aged 14, which she held for 3 years. To develop herself further as a musician, Liz currently plays front row cornet for Llwydcoed Band. She is also a current member of the National Youth Brass Band of Wales, and has been a member since the age of 11. She is also the current principal trumpet/cornet of Carmarthenshire Senior Ensembles and the 6 Counties ensembles. Throughout the years she has developed her playing by helping out in various bands and being expertly tutored by Tony Small and Chris Turner. She is complemented for her distinctive tone and has recently been made a Young Ambassador for Geneva Instruments. Elisabeth has accepted an offer to study the cornet at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in September 2020, where she will continue to develop her talent and grow as a brass musician.
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. Rob Moved away from Wales last year to become a Doctor and we are always glad to welcome him back.
Repiano – Chloe Eagleson
Chloe joined the band in 2017 from Northern Ireland. She moved to Wales to study cornet at RWCMD with Chris Turner and is moving into her final year in Cardiff. Chloe Started playing cornet at the age of 8 in primary school and quickly joined ‘Murley Silver Band’ of which she is still a member. Throughout school She continually had cornet lessons with Stephen Magee who was a brilliant and most supportive teacher. Aside from studying Chloe works as a lifeguard and swimming teacher both in Cardiff and at home. She also works as a waitress/bar personnel. In her spare time Chloe is a keen runner. A highlight having ran the Amsterdam Marathon in October 2019. She is also running the 2020 Cardiff Half Marathon in aid of Cancer Research UK. She loves watching the rugby particularly 6 nations Ireland and Wales matches. And of course still whole heartedly supports Ireland. Moving to Repiano cornet was really exciting. In her words “ it is my favourite seat within the cornet section. It is challenging but fun”.
2nd Cornet – Iwan Hill
Iwan started playing at the age of 8 on the flugelhorn. playing with Tylorstown Junior Band as his father Terry played in the senior band. Iwan’s dad was his main influence and he would always help him in any aspect of his playing. He then joined Ynyshir Senior Band in 2016 and whilst playing for them he had the opportunity to play many solos in concerts and contests. He met many life time friends whilst playing with the band. In March 2019, Iwan joined the Pontardulais Brass Band on solo cornet. He enjoyed his time with the “Bont” and was given fantastic opportunities whilst playing with the band. Iwan is taught by Cory Bands Helen Williams and Tom Hutchinson and is currently studying music at Coleg y Cymoedd in Nantgarw and in September will be studying Cornet in the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where he will be taught by Richard Marshall and Ian Porthouse. Iwan is a member of the NYBBW and has enjoyed every minute playing in the band playing under great conductors and accompanying some of the finest brass players around. He joined Llwydcoed in January this year and played his first contest with the band in March at the Welsh Regional Championships where the band qualified for the National Championship Finals of Great Britain at the Royal Albert Hall. Iwan has always dreamed of playing at the RAH and is so excited to get there.
“Since joining the band I have felt welcome and been inspired by the attitude in and out of the bandroom and impressed with standard of playing, I have really enjoyed playing under the direction of Chris Turner and have been inspired by his knowledge and enthusiasm” said, Iwan.
Iwan is a total bander and can be seen at any brass band contest going including the European brass band championships in Montreux. He hopes to become a brass teacher and become the best player he can.
2nd Cornet – William Jones
3rd Cornet – Lynne Turner
Lynne started playing the Tenor Horn under the direction of Mal Guy and Alan Gibbs in Mid Rhondda at the age of 11. She then became a member of the Mid Glamorgan Youth Brass Band attending rehearsals every Saturday morning. During this time she began lessons from Gareth Keys in school and was a member of the RMR (Rhondda Merthyr Rhymney) youth band.
Lynne started competing with Lewis Merthyr Band quickly moving from 2nd Horn to Solo Horn before leaving to study music at Salford. Upon completing her studies at Salford, where she studied tenor horn with Gordon Higginbottom and Sandy Smith and conducting with Roy Newsome and David King, she returned to Wales spending a year in Aberystwyth gaining her teaching degree and helping out Aberystwyth junior band. Now she helps Richard Davies out with Llwydcoed Juniors.
Lynne has since returned to Wales with her husband Chris via a long spell in Germany working as a teacher for the MOD and Yorkshire where she became a Teacher of the Deaf.
Lynne has played with Lewis Merthyr Band, Rochdale Band, BT band, Brass Band Limburg, Pennine Brass and the Cory Band winning the British Open in 2007. After a few years off from playing, following the birth of her daughter, she joined Pontypool Brass Band, Tata Band and now Llwydcoed! She is the bands super sub playing wherever needed – horn, percussion but is presently sat on the back row.
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.