facebook twitter rss vimeo


Taylor made for Band Cymru horn star

Lowenna Taylor of City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) certainly made a huge impression on the judges in winning the 'Best Soloist' award in the televised Band Cymru Competition this year.

Lowenna Taylor


The Band Cymru competition broadcast on the S4C channel in Wales came to its climax in Treorchy during a live two-hour broadcast on Sunday evening.

No doubt

And whilst Tredegar took the overall honours and the £10,000 first prize, the judges, Graham O Jones, John Faddis and Colin Sheen ensured that viewers were left in no doubt to why the £500 'Best Soloist' prize was won by Lowenna Taylor of City of Cardiff (Melingriffith).

Her semi-final performance of Jacob Larsen's arrangement of 'When You Wish upon a Star' was described as 'magical' by Colin Sheen, whilst John Faddis said that it was 'so beautiful… it brought tears to my eyes'.

Warmth and maturity

In the final itself Graham O Jones described Lowenna as the band's 'ace card' as she was featured in 'Somewhere out There' — performing, as he described, 'so musically, with so much warmth and maturity'.

Before the final announcement of the results Lowenna gave a wonderful reprise of her winning solo live on stage before receiving the specially commissioned trophy.

The award is the latest high profile recognition of the young Cornish player's tenor horn talents — following on from the presentation of a Mortimer Trust Award in 2013 which she used to commission the solo 'Bestowal of a Century' to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the presentation of the 'Royal Trophy' at the famous Bugle Contest.

Her semi-final performance of Jacob Larsen's arrangement of 'When You Wish upon a Star' was described as 'magical' by Colin Sheen, whilst John Faddis said that it was 'so beautiful… it brought tears to my eyes'4BR


"I don't know what I will use the award for yet, but I've already got a few musical ideas," Lowenna told 4BR. "It was a wonderful surprise and I was more pleased for the band than anything else — we have a great organisation here packed with friends and players."

She added: "My boyfriend Dewi, who plays principal cornet for Tredegar, bought the solo for me and said it would be a good choice to use. I'm glad I listened to him — and I have to thank Jacob too.

He's already been in touch to tell me that he's sold 10 copies of the solo since I played it in the competition!"

Brass in Concert

Result: 2017 Brass in Concert Championship

November 19 • Full results from Sage Gateshead where the 41st Brass in Concert Championship has taken place.


Results: 2017 Scottish Challenge Shield

November 19 • Clackmannan claims the Scottish Challenge Shield honours with a triumphant performance in Perth.


Gateshead prepares for the entertainers to arrive

November 17 • The Sage Gateshead will host two days of world class brass band talent this weekend at the Brass in Concert Championship festival.


Trinity Girls look for new lead

November 17 • The successful musical partnership between conductor Ryan Watkins and Trinity Girls Band has come to an end.

Gloucestershire Brass Band Association - Own Choice March & Test Piece Contest

Sunday 19 November • All Saints’ Academy. Blaisdon Way. Cheltenham GL51 0WH

Rotherham Schools' Youth Brass Band - Fountain City Brass Band

Monday 20 November • Rotherham Minster - Rotherham s60 1pd

Foden's Band - Matt Ford - Lichfield Cathedral

Friday 24 November • 19A The Close, Lichfield WS13 7LD

Lofthouse Brass Band - Pudsey Churches Together Christmas Concert

Saturday 25 November • Pudsey Parish Church, Church Lane, Pudsey, LS28 7BD LS28 7BD

Lofthouse Brass Band - Lofthouse Christmas Fair

Saturday 25 November • Lofthouse Methodist Church, Leeds Road, Lofthouse, Wakefield WF3 3NE

Newstead Brass

November 18 • Bb Cornet (position negotiable). . Newstead Brass, established Midlands Championship section, have opportunity for an additional cornet player. Suitable for experienced player or someone looking to take the next step in their development.

Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band

November 17 • FRONT ROW CORNET. SOLO TROMBONE. . The band have an exciting concert/contest/marching schedule ahead. We are looking for a committed front row cornet and solo trombone player to come and join us in the Yorkshire 1st Section! MD: Richard Larder.

Glossop Old Band

November 17 • SOLO TROMBONE. The Glossop Old Band Welcomes applications for the Solo Trombone Chair. The Band will be competing in the First Section as of 2018 and are looking to continue its progression back to the top levels of performance

Alan Widdop

Conductor, Brass teacher, Adjudicator (ABBA)