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.


Rich'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 and winning the British Open Senior Trophy in 2014.


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

Solo Cornet
Rhian Harvey

Rhian started playing the cornet at the age of 5 with the local band Pontypool Brass Band. From here she continued to learn through school and county ensembles. Rhian then moved to Blaenavon Town Band where the conductor Bryn Davies helped develop her playing. Since then Rhian has played with many bands including Rogerstone Band, Abergavenny Borough Band, numerous County Bands and the National Youth Brass Band of Wales. In 2006, Rhian joined the Tredegar Town band and was a member for over 7 years. During her time at the band she was fortunate to be involved with many innovative projects and experienced a range of contesting, culminating in winning the British Open Contest twice. At the end of 2013, Rhian moved to Surrey to take up a job in Guildford. Here she joined Staines Brass Band for a short time and enjoyed a break from banding. She is now looking forward to returning to playing with Friary.

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!

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