© 2019 by Sheona White

BIOGRAPHY

Internationally renowned as ‘The Voice of the Tenor Horn’, Sheona White has been performing and educating since the 1990’s, expanding the technical limits of the instrument and augmenting the quantity and quality of its repertoire.

Sheona is regularly invited as a guest soloist throughout Europe and worldwide, including visits and tours to Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the USA where she was a member of the Brass Band of Battle Creek.

Sheona is a regular tutor on the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, and has also tutored on The National Childrens Brass Band where she has featured as guest soloist on both courses.

As well as performing and teaching Sheona is regularly invited to adjudicate events such as the NABBA Championships (USA), the National Brass Band  Championships of Great Britain, Brass in Concert Championships, SIDDIS Brass, Uni Brass, the Dutch National Brass Band Championships and the BBC Young Brass Soloist of the Year.

Sheona has performed with many of the world’s premiere brass bands including Brighouse & Rastrick, Black Dyke and Yorkshire Building Society with whom she was principal horn for 12 years. During the 'YBS era', Sheona shared in the band’s huge success worldwide. This included winning the All England Masters 3 times, the British Open 4 times and representing England in the European ‘EBBA’ festival on 10 occasions, winning the European Championships an unprecedented 8 times in these 10 appearances. She also performed in the Sydney Opera House as part of the YBS 'Kings of Europe' Tour in 2005.

Sheona's latest Solo CD  ‘Timeless’ has received rave reviews and was also chosen as The Brass Band World and British Bandsman CD of the month.  She recorded her highly acclaimed first solo CD 'Voice of the Tenor Horn' in 2000 and as Principal Horn with the YBS Band for 12 years recorded numerous award winning commercial CDs including the 'Essays for Brass' series, 'Bourgeois in Brass', 'Music of the Spheres', 'Alpha & Omega' and 'Festive Impressions'. Other recording projects include a solo feature on the BBC’s Children In Need single 'Perfect Day' and performing on the Mercury Prize winning album 'The Seldom Seen Kid' by the distinguished Manchester band 'Elbow'.

Sheona previously held the positons of tutor of Tenor Horn at The University of Salford and the Royal Northern College of Music until recently where she made the choice to concentrate on her passion of classroom teaching at Bolton School Girls’ Division. She currently holds the post of Head of Year 7. 

In 1998 Sheona was selected as a finalist in the Cosmopolitan Women of Achievement Awards.

In 1996 Sheona won the prestigious title of BBC Radio 2 Young Musician of the Year where she performed in the final at The Queen Elizabeth Hall, London accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra.  By winning this event she brought the tenor horn to the forefront of mainstream music for the first time.  Sheona subsequently made several broadcasts and recordings as guest soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra including her very own ‘Soloist Showcase’ featured on BBC Radio 2 and Friday Night is Music Night. A special moment in her career was when she was chosen to perform in Westminster Abbey for the Commonwealth Day Observance Concert live in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen.

Between 1992 and 1996 Sheona studied at the University of Salford, graduating with a BA (Hons) and distinction in performance studies. Sheona was also awarded the ‘Harry Mortimer Performance Prize’ in 1996.

 

During her studies at the University of Salford Sheona became the first tenor horn player, first Scot and first female to be declared British Open Solo Champion. The following year she went on to win the Stanley Wainright Memorial Trophy for Best Soloist at The British Open Brass Band Championships.​

Sheona is very proud of her Scottish roots and hails from Ayrshire, Scotland.  She began to play the tenor horn at the age of ten displaying a prodigious talent by becoming Junior Solo Champion of Scotland and Principal Horn of the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland.