Will Wilkins began playing at the age of twelve when he started learning the euphonium
at school. He quickly fell in love with the instrument and soon become part of the
highly acclaimed Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust. He eventually
progressed to the very successful County Youth Brass Band, with whom he performed
at prestigious venues across Europe. During his time with the band they placed 3rd
at the European Youth Brass Band Championships.
In 2012 he also became a member of the local Towcester Studio Band, then in the second
section, rapidly rising to become principal euphonium. It was with Towcester that
a real love of the brass band movement, particularly the often-dreaded contests,
was first allowed to develop.
In the summer of 2014 he was invited to join the prestigious National Youth Brass
Band of Great Britain, under the direction of world famous conductor Bramwell Tovey.
He performed with the band for three courses, and was also a mentor to the National
Children’s Brass Band, allowing him to work closely with their musical director,
Professor Nicholas Childs.
He moved south in September 2014 to begin a degree in chemistry at the University
of Southampton. He then joined Otterbourne Brass, and being part of this ambitious
band has allowed him to work with several well-known conductors.
After a year of chemistry, he realised that this kept him away from his love of brass
bands far too much, and he switched courses to study music instead. He begins the
second year of this course in September 2016.
This has allowed him to follow up a long-standing interest in conducting, and in
April of this year he was delighted to be appointed as musical director of the Southampton
University Brass Band, jointly with Wilton’s own Billy Fisher. He is now exceedingly
excited to also work with Wilton, where he hopes to continue the excellent work done
over the last eight years by Colin, and keep the band moving forwards on both the
concert and contest stage.