Elizabeth learned to play the cornet in the Women’s Royal Naval Service, with the Royal Naval Volunteer Band at R.N.A.S. Culdrose, Helston, in 1972. On moving to Dorset, she joined the Durnovaria Silver Band (DSB) as Repiano cornet in 1978, under the baton of Edwin Otter, founder of the DSB. In about 1985 she transferred to playing Flugelhorn, and this continues to be her principal instrument. In 2000, while remaining a member of Durnovaria, Elizabeth also began playing Flugelhorn with the Lyme Regis Town Band.
Her conducting experience began in 2001 with the DSB, when John Pritchard, then Musical Director, invited her to be his deputy. To assist in this Elizabeth took music lessons with the late Patrick Perry (then MD of Lyme Band) and gained a distinction at Grade 5 in the ABRSM Theory of Music. In continuing her musical education she began a distance learning Degree course in Brass Band Studies, under the auspices of Sheffield University, graduating in 2006. Elizabeth
was appointed Musical Director of the Durnovaria Silver Band in 2004.
On leaving Lyme Regis in 2005 she joined Sherborne Town Band to play cornet and flugelhorn, remaining there until 2009.
Elizabeth’s association with Honiton Band began in 2006 when the band approached her to take rehearsals while their regular MD, Arthur Williams, was away on holiday. During the next few years she became a regular visitor to the band assisting both with playing and conducting at engagements when the need arose. On the sad death of Arthur, in November 2013, the band naturally turned to her for help with their rehearsals and upcoming engagements. Having given it
a great deal of consideration, she decided to offer her services permanently as their MD and was appointed officially at the end of 2013.
During her banding career, she has often helped other brass bands in the area, both playing and conducting, and contested with two of them. She has also played trumpet with a local quintet, “Perry Brass”, and occasionally with the Axe Vale Orchestra and the Three Counties Swing Band.
In her spare time she enjoys arranging and composing music, principally for Brass Band, when home, family and band commitments allow.