Flugel Horn – Matthew Gray
Hailing from Liverpool, Matthew ‘Matty’ joins us from Wingates Band after serving 2 years on back row. Having started playing at the age of 9 he learnt in his primary school before joining Liverpool’s music service on a Saturday morning where he first discovered a brass band. He later joined the Formby Band on Flugel at the age of 14, going from 4th to 3rd to 2nd section in consecutive years and enjoying trips to the National Championships held in Cheltenham, as well as tours to France and Spain. He is extremely grateful to have been nurtured as a person and player by Louise Hough MBE; instilling a number of qualities of which he is proud to hold today. Matty’s involvement with Wingates Band began at Whit Friday in 2019. Whilst at Wingates he enjoyed the leadership and guidance of Paul Andrews, who also gave him private tuition in preparing him for his studies at RWCMD in Cardiff. He is currently in the second year of his degree under the tuition of Chris Turner on Cornet and Flugel.
Solo Horn – Evan Key
Coming from a family of brass players, Evan was first introduced to the Tenor Horn at the age of 12 when he was given an instrument to try after accompanying his family to band practice. Following this Evan quickly took to the instrument and performed with many of the local brass bands in his home county of Lincolnshire over the years before deciding to study music at university. Evan moved to South Wales in 2011 to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where he was taught by Owen Farr, graduating in July 2015. Evan joined Llwydcoed in the summer of 2015 from Pontardulais Town Band and is enjoying being part of such a friendly and hardworking team.
1st Horn – 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 under 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 – cornet, percussion but is presently sat on horn.
2nd Horn – Amy Hext
Amy started playing at the age of 8 with her local banding organisation, Lions Youth Brass. Over the years, she progressed through the three bands, and in 2019 became the Principal Horn of the Youth Band, competing at the European National Youth Brass Band Championships in this position. Alongside this, Amy has also enjoyed monthly Foden’s Youth Band rehearsals, being tutored by members of the adult band, gaining valuable knowledge from players of such a high standard. Currently, Amy is in her first year of studying music at Cardiff University under the tuition of Owen Farr and hopes that her involvement in Llywdcoed Brass Band will help her develop and grow as a player.