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Bryanek Brass Ensemble is a small group of 'hobby' musicians with strong ties to the town of St. Agnes in Cornwall.

The name Bryanek dates back to the 13th Century and was the name given to the Churchtown area of St. Agnes in those medieval times.

The Ensemble however is much younger! (although some of the players don't look it!) The group of six decided to put the 'FUN' back into their music makings and in January 1999 Bryanek Brass was born.

The founder members:-                                        

Ian Jones (Cornet)                                           

Lorraine Avern (Cornet)

Helen Jones (Horn)

Del Wilton (Euphonium)

Alison Berry (Trombone)

John Wilton (Tuba)

The Ensemble decided that if they should perform publicly that any earnings over the running costs should go to a charity.

 The nominated charity of Bryanek Brass is The

Since those early days we have had a couple of changes to our line up of players. Lorraine moved away to live and work and we have had additions thanks to Emily Douglas and Sally Jeffrey. 

The Current Players are:-

Ian Jones (Cornet)
Emily Searle (Cornet) not pictured 
Helen Jones (Horn)
Sally Jeffery (Horn)
Alison Lowe (trombone)
Del Wilton (Euph. & now Trumpet)
John Wilton (Tuba)

Pictured: front row. John, Sally, Dell

Back row. Ian, Lorraine, Helen



Rehearsals at Macmillan meeting room, St Clement, Truro suspended.

Carol Evening Is A Huge Success

104 year old Lottie Davis and her fellow residents at Poldhu Care Home in Mullion were all smiles this week when they took part in a carol service to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Relief.

Along with invited guests, they requested their favourite carols and then sang along as members of Bryanek Brass Band played the familiar tunes.

As well as providing festive entertainment, the evening was also an opportunity to raise awareness of the sterling work being done in West Cornwall by the Macmillan Cancer Relief charity.

Members of the charity’s Helston committee were on hand to ensure that everything ran smoothly and a number of local businesses had donated prizes for the evening’s raffle. These included the hire of an E-type Jaguar from Cornish Classic Hire, a Cornish food hamper provided by Food for Thought, meals for two at Trelowarren and the Halzephron Inn, a £25 meat voucher from Etherington Butchers and two adult passes for nearby Flambards.

‘We’re so grateful to the Poldhu Care Home for hosting this event and to the businesses who’ve contributed,’ said Noelle Wilton, Macmillan’s Fundraising Manager for West Cornwall. ‘We launched a campaign to raise £600,000 over the next three years to fund three nurse development posts, a head and neck specialist nurse post at Royal Cornwall Hospital and a specialist speech and language nurse post also at RCHT. As the carol service has proved, people in Cornwall are very generous and I’m confident we will, with their continued help, achieve our goal.’

As well as the carol service, residents at the Poldhu Care Home have been taking part in other festive entertainment. They have had a candlelit supper, schoolchildren have visited them and they have been out to local events. A trip to the pantomime at Flambards has also been planned.

‘There’s always something happening here,’ said 79 year old Maisie Culmer who has been living at Poldhu for nearly five years. ‘That’s why I love it here.’

Anyone wishing to buy Music for Macmillan – a CD featuring Camborne Town Band, St Hilary School Choir, Karen Hurn, Ceryl Humphries and Roger Miners that has been exclusively produced for the charity – should ring 01209 211442.

For further information about Poldhu Care Home, please ring 01326 240977.


L to R: Chris Blount, John Wilton from Bryanek brass band, 99 year old Jess Rourk, Simon Phillips from Swallowcourt and Noelle Wilton from Macmillan Cancer Relief.


Christmas 2005

Thanks to The Smugglers Den Inn at Trebellan, Cubert  and Tesco, Redruth

for allowing us to play  carols and raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Relief (Cornwall)

John hands over a cheque to Noelle for MacMillan.



Bryanek Brass wish Phillip and Joanne COOMBS congratulations. We were delighted and privileged to play at their wedding at Pendennis Castle on Saturday 20th May 2006.


And Thanks to David and Nick who helped us out on the day.



John Wilton, David Wilton, Ian Jones


Nick Annear, Helen Jones, Alison Berry, Sally Jeffrey, Emily Searle



If you are a brass player and live in the mid-Cornwall area and our ensemble interests you E-mail us for the date and time of our next rehearsal.

Because  some of our members are shift workers we do not have regular rehearsal nights. Albeit we do try and plan about 6 months in advance.

We do not have a regular M.D but Emily's brother Matt is pressed ganged when required. Matt is a music teacher at a mid Cornwall school so as well as having a wealth of knowledge he has a great degree of patience!!!

So if you are interested in playing , for fun and for charity please contact us.

Our rehearsal venue is - Please email

The audio files on this site are not played by Bryanek Brass but  the pieces are in our repertoire 

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This page was last updated on 26/01/07.