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City of Cardiff celebrate another year of progress

The City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) organisation continues to give amazing opportunities to players young and old.



One of most progressive brass band organisations in the UK celebrated its long established commitment to the development of young musicians at their annual concert in Cardiff on the weekend.

The City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) family of bands — from its brilliant leaner group to its prize winning senior M1 Band took part in entertaining a packed audience at the Dora Stoutzker Hall at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

All ages and abilities

Players of all ages and abilities have long been encouraged and developed through an inclusive ethos of musicality — an ambition that has brought both widespread critical acclaim as well as extensive competitive success over the years.

In the past few months alone, the senior M1 Band took part in the final of the Band Cymru competition and also qualified for the National Finals in Cheltenham after winning the First Section Welsh Regional title.


The organisation even managed to put a hold on the EU political debate as well, with former First Minister Rhodri Morgan joined by his MP wife Julie Morgan in the audience — although the encore item of Pharell Williams' 'Happy' may have been a little presumptive ahead of the Referendum result!

The concert was presented by Alex Humphreys, herself a past member of M1, whilst annual 'Player of the Year' awards were claimed by Lowenna Taylor, who also won the Band Cymru 'Best Soloist' award, Amy Herman, Bethan Jones and Jo Tinsley.

Players of all ages and abilities have long been encouraged and developed through an inclusive ethos of musicality — an ambition that has brought both widespread critical acclaim as well as extensive competitive success4BR

Parting gift

As the occasion marked Gareth Jones' last appearance as conductor of the M4 Band, he was presented with a gift from the society in appreciation for his outstanding work with the youngsters.

Gareth will continue to play with M2, and his role with M4 will be taken over by M1's principal cornet, Becky Cale.


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April 24 • Cory head to Utrecht with a lucrative televised win to boost their confidence and coffers.


Report & Result: 2018 Flemish Open

April 24 • Hauts de France are second to none as they lead the way in the international battles fought at the Flemish Open in Mechelen on the weekend.

David Childs

Atlantic crossing and global outreach for Childs

April 23 • David Childs accepts new academic role in the USA as well as being featured in this year's Proms Concerts in the UK.


Report & Result: 2018 Band Cymru Youth competition

April 23 • Band Jazz Ysgol Tryfan , a remarkable jazz ensemble from a single secondary school in North Wales has won the televised Band Ieuenctid Cymru competition for youth bands

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Monday 23 April • Ossett Town Hall, Market Place, Ossett WF5 8BE WF5 8BE

Regent Hall Concerts - Clarendon Brass Ensemble

Friday 27 April • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London. SE7 8RE SE7 8RE

Egremont Junior Band - Egremont Town Band and Workington Town Band

Friday 27 April • Workington CA14 3AW

Wotton and District Silver Band - Tom Hutchinson

Saturday 28 April • St Mary's Church, Wotton Under Edge, Gloucestershire GL12 7LS

Black Dyke Band - Lincoln Cathedral

Saturday 28 April • Minster Yard, Lincoln LN2 1PX

Silver Spectrum Wind Band

April 24 • Brass Players wanted for established Sheffield based wind band. MD George Morton.. Rehearsals Mondays 7:30 to 9:30 pm. We enter the NCBF festival where we have gained many gold awards and on one occasion a platinum.. Wind players also welcome to apply.

The Corsham Band

April 24 • With a solid result in our first year in the Second Section at the Regional Contest, the band are now looking for an experienced Front Row Cornet Player to join our friendly and enthusiastic team.

Hathern Band

April 23 • Hathern Band are looking for a PRINCIPAL EUPHONIUM to join their Championship Section Band. This position has become vacant because the present player wishes to retire. We are looking for a committed player to fill this key seat. www.hathernband.co.uk.

Stuart Black

BA (Hons) Music
Conductor, Teacher, Flugel soloist