Coby Silver Band director Cathy is a huge hit

Corby Silver Band Club's first woman conductor, Cathy Fountain. Cathy is pictured at the club in Corby, with some members of the band

Corby Silver Band Club's first woman conductor, Cathy Fountain. Cathy is pictured at the club in Corby, with some members of the band

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A brass band’s first female conductor is helping them to competition success.

Cathy Fountain is the new musical director with Corby Silver Band and has helped them win third place at a recent brass band competition in Leicester.

Mrs Fountain, a music teacher, took over the role in September and is the first female conductor the band, which was formed in 1902, has had.

She said: “I’m Corby born and bred and have always been interested in music. I have played in various bands including the Salvation Army band in Kettering and Gus but had decided it was time to hang up my mouthpiece. This opportunity came along and I decided to take up the challenge.

“It’s the first time I’ve conducted out of school and I’m loving it.”

Tuba player Jeremy Wood is delighted with the influence Cathy is having. He said: “She’s very patient and has given us all encouragement.

“We don’t fall apart on stage any more in competitions because we trust Cathy.”

The band is one of the oldest in the area and although the majority of the players come from Corby, they also have players from the surrounding towns and villages.

Talking about the band’s recent third place in the Leicestershire Brass Band Association contest, Cathy said: “They are a good group who give 110 per cent and they have responded brilliantly to me.

“We went into the competition purely to give me some experience and our success has given us momentum to move forward, it has given us something to work on and has put a spring in our step.

“We are competing in the area finals in March and it would be great to reach the national finals. To do that we have to get in the top two but I believe the way we are working we can definitely get in the top four or five.”

The band is always looking for new members, of all ages and abilities, and meets on a Monday and Wednesday at the band club in Denford Road.

For details go to www.corbysilverband.com.