Front Row Cornets

Principal Cornet
Richard Straker

Richard started playing the trumpet aged 7. Soon after he joined his local area band, NEHASB and the Hampshire County Youth Band. He Joined Friary in 1999 after starting a degree in Music and Sound Recording at the University of Surrey and has held various cornet positions along with a brief spell on flugel. He took up the Principal Cornet chair in 2005.

 

Richard's banding highlights include becoming the first ever London & Southern Counties Champions at the First Section National Finals in 2010, playing at the Championship section National Finals for the first time in 2013, winning the British Open Senior Trophy in 2014 and winning the Brass in Concert audience award in 2019.

 

Away from band he works for Formosa as a re-recording mixer and is a keen Liverpool FC supporter.

Solo Cornet
Hannah Richards

Hannah started playing the cornet aged 4. Her first band was Eccleston Band and soon after she became a member Lancashire Youth Band. In 1998 she joined Freckleton band where she got her first experience of playing in the Championship Section. In 2001 Hannah went to the University of Edinburgh to study music. Whilst in Scotland she played for Boness and Carriden, then Bathgate. She also played in many of the University and City's Orchestras including Scottish Sinfonia and Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra. Hannah joined Newtongrange Band in 2004 and was very excited to win the Scottish Areas with them in 2005; getting to represent Scotland at the Albert Hall and at the Europeans in Belfast.

 

After completing her degree and training to be a teacher, Hannah moved to Surrey in 2007. She joined Friary that year but after two years took a short break from banding and returned in 2012.

 

Away from band Hannah is a Head of Music which keeps her pretty busy. 

Solo Cornet
Andy Singleton

Andy joined Friary in 2014 and was previously Principal Cornet at Epsom & Ewell Silver Band. Originally from the North West, he started playing at a young age (one of four brass banding brothers), and played with Rainford Band for a large part of his life on repiano.

 

Having completed his university course, Andy relocated down South in 1996, ending up as principal cornet for Epsom for longer than he can remember. Andy is married and has two dogs which, together with his music, keep him fully occupied!