Principal Horn Sheona White
Born in Scotland, Sheona White began playing the tenor horn at the age of ten, soon going on to become Junior Solo Champion of Scotland and was appointed Principal Horn of the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland. Between 1992 and 1996 Sheona studied with Professor David King at the University of Salford, graduating with a BA (Hons) and distinction in Performance Studies and was also awarded the ‘Harry Mortimer Performance Prize’. During her studies at the Salford, Sheona became the first tenor horn player, first Scot and first female to be declared British Open Solo Champion and in 1996 she was awarded the coveted BBC Radio 2 Young Musician of the Year prize. Sheona subsequently made several broadcasts and recordings as guest soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra.
In 1997 she performed in Westminster Abbey for the Commonwealth Day Observance Concert in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen and was selected the following year as a finalist in the Cosmopolitan Women of Achievement Awards. Sheona recorded her first highly acclaimed solo CD ‘Voice of the Tenor Horn’ in 2000 and has also received a Platinum Disc for her solo role in the world-acclaimed CD ‘Perfect Day’.
For 12 years, Sheona performed as Principal Horn with the YBS Band, recording numerous award-winning commercial CDs and sharing huge international success. This included winning the All England Masters three times over, the British Open four times and representing England in the European ‘EBBA’ festival on ten occasions, plus winning the European Championships an unprecedented eight times. She also performed in the Sydney Opera House as part of the YBS ‘Kings of Europe’ Tour in 2005.
Sheona is regularly invited as a guest soloist and tutor throughout Europe and worldwide, which has involved visits to Australia, Canada, Japan and USA. Over the last decade, Sheona has been at the forefront of developing a new repertoire for the tenor horn including the ‘Concerto for Tenor Horn’ by Derek Bourgeois. Her recent recording projects have led to her being featured on the Mercury Prize winning album ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’ by the distinguished Manchester band Elbow.
Sheona is now the Tenor Horn tutor at the University of Salford, The University of Liverpool, visiting Horn tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and holds the position of Head of Music at Lowton High School. She joined Brighouse as Principal Horn in 2013 and continues to be heralded as the country’s finest tenor horn player.