Kirsty Abbotts



Kirsty, who is known for her beautiful, lyrical sound, has an outstanding reputation as one of the leading cornet players in the world.

Having been involved in music from a young age, her passion for brass bands started at the age of nine when she started playing with Shipston Town Junior Band. Progressing through the ranks of the junior band, she quickly became principal cornet of the main band leading them to two National Finals in the First Section whilst also being a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain.

At the age of 17, Kirsty took her studies to the University of Huddersfield where she studied cornet under the guidance of Phillip McCann obtaining an LTCL Diploma (Licentiate of the Trinity College, London) in Performance, BA (Hons) in Music and a Masters Degree in Musical Performance.

During her time at university, Kirsty joined the Sellers College Band on cornet before a move to flugel horn. After two successful years on flugel, Kirsty moved back to cornet and was soon appointed to the position of principal.

During her 13 years at Sellers Kirsty won a number of awards before leaving to join Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band where she has been ever since.

In her position as principal cornet at the band, Kirsty has gone on to win a number of prizes including the best soloist award at the 2013 Brass in Concert championships for her performance of ‘Papa Can’t You Hear Me?’.