Louise Franks

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Birmingham Conservatoire graduate studying Masters at RNCM, performing as a soloist, in chamber ensembles, orchestras, brass bands and more.

Louise is currently studying for a Masters degree at the Royal Northern College of Music, taught by Murray Greig and Tracey Redfern, after graduating with First Class Honours from Birmingham Conservatoire, where she studied with Jon Holland, Alan Thomas and Andy Stone-Fewings. Originally from Hull, Louise began learning the trumpet aged 8, and under the guidance of Niall McEwen she achieved principal positions in all four of Hull Music Service's senior ensembles and won both Brass Player of the Year and Musician of the Year awards. As a soloist, Louise has performed for the Lord Mayor of Hull, as well as in lunchtime concerts and competitions at Birmingham Conservatoire. In November 2014 she won the Alfred Corfield Trumpet Prize; she was a finalist in the Conservatoire Brass Prize, and a semifinalist in the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Prize two years running. She has participated in masterclasses with Tine Thing Helseth, James Fountain, Thomas Gansch and Allen Vizzutti. A keen orchestral player, Louise has performed as part of all the major ensembles at Birmingham Conservatoire, with conductors including Michael Seal, Edwin Roxburgh and Lionel Friend. She was also a member of the CBSO Youth Orchestra which performed Mahler's Fifth Symphony at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, conducted by Andrew Litton. In 2013/14 she won a place on the CBSO's Orchestral Training Scheme, and has taken part in side-by-side workshops with players from the Welsh National Opera. This year she was accepted onto the RNCM's Platform scheme with the orchestra of Opera North. Louise also has a passion for brass bands, having been a member of Birmingham Conservatoire's brass band during all four years of her studies, performing alongside Tredegar Town Band and musicians from the Corps of Army Music. She has also taken part in concerts and contests with Championship Section band Sovereign Brass. As part of a brass dectet, she has performed for graduation ceremonies (including her own), the Celebration of Brass Chamber Music in memory of Philip Jones at St John's Smith Square, London, and recently at the Malcolm Arnold Festival with Norwegian brass ensemble Brasskompaniet. Louise's studies have been kindly supported by a John Fewkes (Leicestershire) Instrumental Scholarship, as well as funding from the Yorkshire Ladies' Council of Education, TARGETpostgrad, and Help Musicians UK.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform while walking around a venue
Pop, Rock, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, Military, Marching
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Trumpet, Cornet, Flugelhorn, Soprano Cornet
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Concert, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Recording session, Theatre / Show
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