Owen Farr

Tenor Horn & Flugel Tutor

Owen's involvement with brass music began in Wales at the age of six when he joined the Pontypool Brass Band. He later became a member of the Gwent County Youth Brass Band and the National Youth Brass Band of Wales, progressing to principal horn with both ensembles. Owen's emerging talent was recognised in 1995, when he became the British Open Junior Solo champion. He was later appointed solo horn with the Tredegar Town Band, before moving to England to study at the Royal Northern College of Music. Six months later, he joined the world famous Williams' Fairey Band, with whom he enjoyed a great deal of success before moving back to the Land of his Father’s to take the position of solo horn with the Cory.

2002 was an extremely busy year for Owen; he graduated from the Royal Northern where his talent was recognised by his immediate appointment to the department as Tenor Horn Teacher. He also accepted a teaching post at Liverpool University. On top of this busy teaching schedule, he also went on to form “Sonar Brass” alongside Richard Marshall, Alan Morrison, Nicholas Hudson and Shaun Crowther. This dynamic ensemble has enjoyed great success, culminating in prestigious broadcasts such as “Listen to the Band” and “Friday Night is Music Night”. Owen is dedicated to improving the pedagogy of the Tenor Horn and is constantly exploring ways of improving teaching methods for the instrument he loves. This can be seen both in the positions he holds at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Royal Northern College of Music. His work as a Besson clinician sees him tour the world raising awareness of the Tenor Horn with his lyrical tone and stunning technical precision. 

Owen is in many ways a musician’s musician, combining amazing skill on the instrument of his choice with a passionate urge to know everything about his profession and develop that body of knowledge even further. The promise of his early talent has blossomed into an assured maturity that ensures Owen’s place in the “Front Row” of brass band musicians, soloists and educators for the 21st Century. Owen Farr is Solo Horn with the Brass Band of Battle Creek and an official Besson tester, involved in the development of Besson tenor horns


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