Originally from Rutland, Fiona played euphonium for the Virtuosi GUS Band before moving to the North East in 2011. She is brass teacher for Durham Music and a visiting tutor at Durham University, and currently plays principal baritone in the celebrated Reg Vardy Band, with which she is a featured soloist.
“I am excited at being at the helm of a band with such potential. My aim is to take the band to the next level while also making sure everyone has fun and enjoys the experience."
Hugh Stephenson, vice president of the band, said:
"Fiona joins us at the start of an exciting new journey for the band as we prepare for upcoming concerts and contests. I would like to say a big thank you to Neil Davies for his time as conductor and I'm pleased that Neil will be supporting Fiona in her development as a conductor as he remains a playing member."