Principal Euphonium – Ellie Carlsen
Born in Swansea, Ellie started her musical journey on the cornet at age 7, later moving onto the euphonium. As a euphonium player, Ellie joined Penclawdd Junior band and her love for the instrument and music began.
As well as being a dedicated member of Penclawdd brass band, Ellie held the principle Euphonium seat with the West Glamorgan County Brass Band, where she had the opportunity to perform at the Birmingham Symphony Hall and tour Lake Garda in Italy. Ellie has also been an active member of the National Youth Brass Band of Wales since 2017 and has been fortunate enough to hold the principal Euphonium seat on the Six Counties Brass Band course.
Under the teaching of both Simon Howell and Tony Small, Ellie accepted the offer to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and began her studies in September 2020, where she is now tutored by Robert Childs. Ellie looks forward to joining Llwydcoed on solo Euphonium, having the opportunity to play amongst talented musicians and taking the next big step in her musical journey.
Euphonium – Mark Wilkes
Mark started playing baritone at the age of 8 under the guidance of Colin Radford. He joined Markham Band at the age of 9 where he moved on to Euphonium. He remained on Euphonium for many years playing for Ystrad Mynach Brass Band and also dabbled in conducting when he led their youth band. By the end of his tenure with Ystrad Mynach, Mark had taught himself the basics of playing the Trombone and took up a Trombone position with Oakdale Silver Band. After several years Mark joined Lewis Merthyr Band on Solo Trombone where he had his first experience of higher section banding. Following a spell at Rogerstone Mark joined Llwydcoed on E flat bass (but he tries not to talk about it too much!). Within 12 months he managed to go from Bass, to Bass Trombone, 2nd Trombone, Solo Trombone and finally Euphonium. Along the way Mark has helped out many bands which oddly enough all seem to start with the letter T…Tredegar, Tongwynlais, Tylorstown, The BTM, The Mid Rhondda band, The Parc and Dare band and many more.