facebook twitter rss vimeo

*
banner

Report & Results: 2015 Merthyr Tydfil Welsh League Contest

Domestic rivalries produce plenty of fine playing as City of Cardiff lead the way in the first leg of the 2015 Welsh League series in Merthyr Tydfil.

City of Cardiff logo

 

The first leg of the 2015 Welsh League Championship took place in Merthyr Tydfil on the weekend, with a strong line up of bands in each of the sections.

The climax of an enjoyable day came in the Championship Section, where there was a keenly fought own choice battle to enjoy between a quintet of ambitious contenders.

Cardiff Festival wins

In the end it was City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) directed by Gareth Ritter who emerged triumphant, with a well managed reprise performance of 'Festival Music', which they also played at the recent Senior Cup in Blackpool.

The band's principal cornet David Leeks took the 'Best Instrumentalist' award, with Ryan Howells of Goodwick claiming the 'Best Horn' prize.

Cardiff's rendition proved good enough to repel the 'Arabian Nights' challenge of defending Welsh League title holders Burry Port, as they gave their Grand Shield set work another run out, whilst Senior Trophy qualifiers Llywdcoed had to be content with third place on their Blackpool set work, 'Tallis Variations'.

First Section win for Parc

In the First Section, Parc & Dare's solidly portrayed rendition of 'Music for the Common Man' under the baton of Andrew Jones just pipped the strong challenge of Markham & District, as Gareth Pritchard led the band on his last domestic contesting appearance before he moves to the USA with his family.

Their rendition of 'Diadem of Gold' ended up just a single point behind their rivals in the opinion of adjudicator Jonathan Pippen, with Blaenavon in third with 'Chaucer's Tunes'.

Wonderful victory for Mid Rhondda

In the Second Section there was a wonderful victory for Thomas Coaches Mid Rhondda — their first in any domestic Welsh contest since 1998.

They claimed the honours under Alan Gibbs with a fine performance of 'Mountain Views', with the evergreen solo euphonium Rob Burnett claiming the 'Best Instrumentalist' award for his superb playing.

It proved good enough to just ahead of reigning Welsh Area champion Ebbw Valley, as they finished runner-up with their reprise rendition of 'Variations on Maccabeus', whilst Crosskeys produced an encouraging performance in coming third on 'Confluence'.

GCG triumph

In the joint Third and Fourth Section contest there was an excellent victory for the rapidly improving Gwaun Cae Gurwen.

Under the direction of Jeff Hutcherson they produced a well worked rendition of 'Evolution' to claim a clear two point winning margin over rivals Abertillery & District's 'Olympus', with Newport Borough in third with their account of 'Dimensions'.

The winning MD also picked up the 'Best Conductor' prize with the band's solo cornet player Jeremy Davies claiming the 'Best Instrumentalist' award. Jamie Jones of Usk won the 'Best Euphonium' award.

Earlier in the day there was plenty of musical evidence on show that the future of Welsh banding in these parts is in vibrant health, with some wonderful playing from the various Junior Section bands4BR

Gold Awards

Earlier in the day there was plenty of musical evidence on show that the future of Welsh banding in these parts is in vibrant health, with some wonderful playing from the various Junior Section bands, led by Gold Award winners Melingriffith Youth, Milford Haven Town Juniors and Rhondda Fach Youth.

Results:

Championship Section:

Adjudicator: David Hirst

1. City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) (Gareth Ritter) — 195
2. Burry Port Town (Nigel Seaman) — 194
3. Llwydcoed (Christopher Turner) — 193
4. Goodwick Brass (Matthew Jenkins) — 192
5. Pontardulais Town (Paul Jenkins) — 191

Best Instrumentalist: David Leak (cornet) — City of Cardiff (Melingriffith)
Best Horn: Ryan Howells (Goodwick Brass)

First Section:

Adjudicator: Jonathan Pippen

1. Parc & Dare (Andrew Jones) — 187
2. Markham & District (Gareth Pritchard) — 186
3. Blaenavon Town (James Jones) — 185
4. Lewis Merthyr (Gavin Pritchard) — 184
5. Melingriffith 2 (Robin Hackett) — 183
6. RAF St Athan Voluntary (Archie Hutchinson) — 181

Best Instrumentalist: Tom Everson (cornet) — Markham & District
Best Soprano: Andy Watkins (Blaenavon Town)

Second Section:

Adjudicator: David Hirst

1. Thomas Coaches Mid Rhondda (Alan Gibbs) — 184
2. Ebbw Valley (Gareth Ritter) — 183
3. Crosskeys Silver (Benjamin Atkinson) — 181
4. Briton Ferry (Jeff Pearce) — 180
5. Siendorf Arian Crwbin (Christopher Turner) — 179
6. Ynyshir (Gary Davies) — 178

Best Instrumentalist: Rob Burnett (euphonium) — Thomas Coaches Mid Rhondda

Third/Fourth Section (combined):

Adjudicator: Jonathan Pippen

1. Gwaun Cae Gurwen (Jeff Hutcherson) — 181
2. Abertillery & District (Josh Ruck) — 179
3. Newport Borough (Robin Hackett) — 178
4. Usk (Jeff Jones) — 177
5. Upper Rhondda (David Langley) — 176
6. Severn Tunnel (Christopher Bond) — 175
7. Oakdale (Kerry Bowden) — 173

Highest placed Fourth Section Band: Usk
Conductor Award: Jeff Hutcherson (Gwaun Cae Gurwen)
Best Instrumentalist: Jeremy Davies (cornet) — Gwaun Cae Gurwen
Best Euphonium: Jamie Jones (Usk)
Youngest Player: Eddie Goodings (aged 10) — Severn Tunnel

Junior Section:

Adjudicator: Nigel Seaman

Gold Awards:
Melingriffith Youth (Carol Flannery Davies)
Milford Haven Town Juniors (Bron Parratt)
Rhondda Fach Youth (Angela Westacott)

Silver Awards:
BTM Learners (Kirsty Jones)
M4 Beginners (Gareth Jones)
Oakdale Youth (Terry Wells)
St Athan & the Vale Youth (Alan Bourne)

Best Instrumentalist: Soprano Melingriffith Youth
Best Percussion Section: Milford Haven Town Juniors
Youngest Player: Noah Davies (aged 5) — Rhondda Fach Youth



Battle

Brass Bands England to help lead support of a nation's thanks

February 23 • Brass Bands England will help promote 'Battles Over' — a unique commemoration of the end of the First World War, 100 years to the day the guns finally fell silent.


David King

National Champions look for Odyssey repeat

February 23 • Brighouse & Rastrick will be opening their doors for a sneak preview of their 'Odyssey' preparations.


Signings

Strata build Regional hopes on new foundations

February 23 • Strata Brass will head to Huddersfield next weekend with a number of new signings in the ranks.


Radio

Radio: Sunday Bandstand

February 23 • More great music from Chris Helme in the heartland of Yorkshire banding


Marshfield Band - Marshfield Male Voice Choir

Saturday 24 February • Marshfield Community Centre SN14 8PG


The Brighouse & Rastrick Band - Chirst Church Ilkley

Saturday 24 February • Christchurch,. The Grove,. Ilkley LS29 9LW


Marshfield Band - Marshfield Male Voice Choir

Saturday 24 February • Marshfield Community Centre. Hayfield. Marshfield SN14 8PG


The Cobham Band -

Saturday 24 February • The Vera Fletcher Hall . 4 Embercourt Road. Thames Ditton. KT7 0LQ KT70LQ


Milton Keynes Brass - "Blow away those Winter Blues"

Saturday 24 February • The United Reformed Church. High Street. Newport Pagnell MK16 0FH


West Somerset Brass Band

February 23 • West Somerset Brass is looking to strengthen its cornet and baritone section. We are a community band playing all over Somerset and hope to undertake a tour to France later in the year. If you can play whatever standard please make contact


The Corsham Band

February 22 • Having now been promoted to the 2nd Section for the forthcoming Contest season, the band are now looking for a back row cornet player, 2nd or 3rd, to join our team


Thundersley Brass Band

February 20 • Thundersley Brass, a Championship section band based in Benfleet, Essex are welcoming applicants for the following positions (seats negotiable)from April 2018:. Eb Bass. BBb Bass.


Alan Widdop


Conductor, Brass teacher, Adjudicator (ABBA)