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Carroll secures Soprano seat


Friary is delighted to announce that the long-vacant soprano seat has been filled by Glen Carroll, who has played with the band for the last few months.


Hailing from Gloucester in the South West of England, Glen began playing the trumpet at the age of 8, guided by the Gloucester Music Service.  A love for brass banding blossomed after joining the Gloucester Youth Brass Band, where he was inspired by the expert tuition of Steve Legge.  After a brief spell with the Nailsworth Silver Band, Glen joined the Lydbrook Band in the Forest of Dean in 2013, quickly advancing from second cornet to soprano cornet. Glen continued to play with Lydbrook for 10 years, participating in numerous memorable performances, including multiple band tours, a concert at Trinity College, Cambridge, a concert under the wings of Concorde and numerous TV appearances, including BBC’s Countryfile. He is grateful for the experiences and friendships he gained during his time with Lydbrook.


In 2016, Glen began studying at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where he was taught by Ian Porthouse, Richard Marshall, and Martin Britt.  After completing his studies in 2020, Glen relocated to Brighton and Hove with his partner.  He now works at a busy accountancy firm and is undertaking exams to become a qualified accountant.  In his free time, Glen enjoys bouldering, following Formula 1, and visiting local coffee roasters.


Glen commented, “I am excited to officially sign with Friary Band.  I've played with them for a while now and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the band so far. I am excited for the future with Friary, especially the upcoming national finals at the Royal Albert Hall.”

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