Kathleen Gaspoz / 2018 Guest Artist
The Fermanagh / Tyrone Brass Band Summer School is proud to announce that Kathleen Gaspoz will be the Guest Artist for the 2018 course.
Kathleen is without doubt a ground breaking musician, recently becoming the principal cornet of the famous Brighouse and Rastrick Band. The first female principal cornet in the band’s 136 year history!!
Born in the Swiss Alps in a village called Vex, three-time Swiss Cornet champion Kathleen moved to England in 2015 to study her Master in Music at the Royal Northern College of Music and continuing to undertake an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma. After holding Principal Cornet positions with the National Youth Band of Switzerland and the European Youth Brass Band, Kathleen became a member of the Black Dyke Band. She was approached by professional conductor, Professor David King after being impressed by her playing at a masterclass at the RNCM.
Kathleen’s dream has always been to study music, but it is only after obtaining a First Class Degree in Economics from the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland that she could finally fulfill this dream. Kathleen studied her Masters in Music at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2015-2016 and graduated with a distinction. During her studies Kathleen was also a recipient of the Stanley Picker Trust and became a Besson artist. After completing her Master’s degree at the Royal Northern College of Music, Kathleen has continued her studies at the RNCM undertaking an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma.
Kathleen recently won best instrumentalist at the Nationals 2017 in the Royal Albert Hall alongside the Brighouse & Rastrick band winning the contest.