Solo Euphonium-Jayne Illingworth
I began playing the piano at the age of 7. When I moved to High school, I was introduced to brass instruments by the school's peripatetic teacher and began playing the cornet. I spent time playing the Tenor Horn finally settling on the Euphonium at the age of 13, playing in the school Brass Band and the Rotherham Schools Wind Orchestra.
On leaving school, I attended Rotherham School of Arts, continuing my education and studying music in more depth, taking studies in Piano, Viola and Singing. I continued to play in various local Colliery Bands as well as Local Authority groups.
On completing my 'A' levels, I was offered a place at Huddersfield University. I spent 3 years studying Euphonium with the wonderful Geoff Whitham, former Principal Euphonium and Musical Director of Black Dyke Mills Band. As well as playing in the University ensembles, I had the opportunity to learn conducting and arranging. It was while at Huddersfield, that I was asked to join Jayess Queensbury band, under the direction of James Shepherd. I played there for 5 years working with them through the 4th Section to Championship taking part in 4 London Finals, various recordings plus Radio and TV appearances. I then moved to Wallace Arnold Rothwell band, after a tour of Germany as a guest, on Principal Euph, under the direction of Alan Morrison. I finally retired from banding, after 2 years, due to work commitments.
I continued to play with the Yorkshire Wind Orchestra, a group of semi professional musicians from the whole of Yorkshire. I enjoyed the departure from competative banding as they met only twice a month and played a variety of original commissioned pieces as well as traditional and popular music. Before moving to Spain I was a peripatetic Brass teacher and Music Centre tutor for Bradford Music Service.
Upon moving to Spain, like most of JB, I thought my playing days were over but am delighted to be a part of this wonderful family, playing great music and having fun.