Lauren started playing the Cornet aged eight with Southampton music services. Growing up she was a part of the National CHILDREN'S Brass band of great Britain, later joining the National youth brass band of Great Britain. Lauren went on to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, graduating in 2017. Whilst at the RWCMD, Lauren was a prize winner in the Linda Mowet Brass competition. previous bands include Tongwynlais TEMPERANCE band and Woodfalls. Lauren joined flowers in 2015 on Repiano cornet and in 2018 moved on to the Flugelhorn seat. she enjoys performing in a wide variety of music ensembles from orchestras to chamber groups and Jazz bands.
Emily began playing the Cornet at the age of three before switching to the Tenor Horn at the age of seven. She played in her family band in Cornwall, the Lanner and District Silver Band, before moving to Cardiff to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music to be taught by Owen Farr. Emily was a member of both the National Children’s Brass Band and the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, becoming Principal Tenor Horn in both of the bands. Whilst at RWCMD, Emily won the Harry Mortimer Award at the British Open Championships and also the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble competition and the McGrenery Chamber Prize as a part of a quartet. Since graduating from college, Emily has travelled with the Orchestra Revolutionnaire to London, New York and Paris to play a saxhorn as a part of their Berlioz tour. Emily joined the Flowers Band in 2017, after being with the Tongwynlais Temperance Band in Cardiff for three years.
Affectionately known in banding circles as ‘Lenny’, John started playing aged ten with Monmouth Band; followed by Cheltenham Silver and Tewkesbury. John has been a member of the Flowers Band intermittently since 2004, having also had stints with Tredegar, St Austell, Lydbrook, and Filton. John earned a First Class BMus (Hons) degree at Birmingham Conservatoire and has previously worked as a peripatetic brass teacher. John has also arranged several pieces, that have been performed and recorded by the likes of Cory Band and Owen Farr. Memorable highlights include performing in Switzerland and the bands third-placed performance at the British Open in 2014.
Clare started to play the cornet when she was six years old after feeling left out as her father and three older sisters all played in the local band. She was taught by Francis Cowley MBE who encouraged her to join the youth band that he conducted and, when she was 14, also the Championship section band – Swindon Concert Brass – also conducted by Francis Cowley. She continued to play for Swindon whilst at University, studying music as part of a BACHELOR of Education honours degree. In 1990, Clare joined Aldbourne band playing cornet then a short spell on Flugel before she moved onto the Tenor Horn. She quickly moved up to solo horn, a position she played for fifteen years. In 2008, Clare (and husband Carl – who also played with Aldbourne band, where they met) were asked to join Polysteel Band (now known as Flowers) under the direction of Philip Harper. During her eleven years with the band, Clare has experienced numerous highlights (too many to mention) and is looking forward to hopefully many more years of music making with the band.