St Austell Band Club
Anna has been part of the St Austell Band organisation for over 20yrs. Anna joined the Youth Band at the age of 16 as she was already a member of the Kernow Brass Band who became part of the St Austell organisation in the 90s.
Over the years Anna has had the opportunity to play under some very experienced conductors that include; David Loukes, Roy Newsome, Richard Evans, Melvin White, Gareth Pritchard, and currently Steve Sykes. Anna is presently working alongside Steve Sykes in directing the St Austell Town Band; Anna is extremely thankful for this opportunity which is helping her learn more about the skills required to conduct at the top level.
Top of Anna’s Highlights of playing with St Austell Band is winning the Royal Trophy at the West of England Bandsmens Festival on two occasions, something she knows her dad would be very proud of. In addition to this the other highlight of playing was performing at the Royal Albert Hall in the National Championships of Great Britain 2005, something that Anna thought would only ever be a dream!
In 2016 Anna was able to tick another activity off her bucket list; she conducted the St Austell Youth Band at the West of England Bandsmen’s Festival & the Youth Band won on that day! Anna hopes this will be the first of many successes for her as a conductor.
Anna lives and breathes brass band, spending every Saturday morning at the band room teaching and conducting the St Austell Youth Band, every Tuesday and Friday she is the first in for rehearsal, at least an hour before rehearsal starts, & is usually the last to leave and lock up!
When not in the band room Anna is out on the road travelling around Cornwall teaching brass to children aged from 5 – 18.