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New Signings at Friary

Further changes have been announced in Friary’s line-up as the Band starts its concert of the year and prepares for the contest season.


Sam Noden leaves to take up the solo euphonium seat at Thundersley and in his place, Friary is very pleased to welcome Hannah Morton.  Hannah started playing at the age of five with The City of Oxford Band. She stayed with them for 20 years, progressing to the Solo Euphonium seat when the senior band was a major contender in the Championship section.  Hannah then joined the Aveley & Newham Band, where she spent many happy years.  She has also played with Thundersley and, more recently, enjoyed a spell with Redbridge Brass.  ‘I’m delighted to be able to continue my banding at a high level by joining Friary,’ said Hannah.


A warm welcome is also extended to Kendall Skirving, who joins the cornet section.  Kendall started playing at the age of eight through school.  She became principal cornet of her secondary school brass band at 15, holding the top seat for four years.  She also played flugel for Tees Valley Youth Brass Band and joined Durham Miners' Association Brass Band (2nd section) on rep.  She was principal cornet for her university band for two years and also joined Fishburn on rep.  Kendall’s two years at Fishburn included one of her favourite banding memories, performing in the stage show version of Brassed Off at Durham Gala theatre.


Having relocated to the south, Kendall is thrilled about her move to Friary:  ‘I am very excited about joining Friary, and can't wait to enjoy both concerts and contests in this new area, whilst getting to know some wonderful people,’ she enthused.

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