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Wales set for national celebration

BBC Radio Wales to set to devote a day of output to help celebrate welsh banding achievements in 2013.

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The most successful year in Welsh brass banding history is set to be celebrated on BBC Radio Wales on Wednesday December 18th.

National broadcaster

It forms part of the national broadcaster’s commitment to producing an extensive and eclectic musical output in the run-up to Christmas, and will see its popular programmes, from early morning news to evening sport, shining a high profile spotlight on Welsh banding success with interviews, features and recordings throughout the day.

Arts show and live broadcast

At 6.30pm the Radio Wales Arts Show will reflect Welsh banding past, present and future, whilst at 9.00pm, the celebration will be rounded off with a special evening concert broadcast live from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff featuring British Open champion Tredegar under the baton of MD Ian Porthouse.

Champion presenter

The event will be presented by the highly respected broadcaster and singer Beverley Humphreys, who has been an indefatigable champion of Welsh brass banding for many years, notably through her own popular national radio programme, Beverley’s World of Music.

It’s going to be a wonderful day celebrating outstanding music making—something that Welsh people take a great deal of pride inPresenter Beverley Humphreys

Outstanding music making

Beverley is certainly looking forward to hosting the event. "It’s going to be a wonderful day celebrating outstanding music making—something that Welsh people take a great deal of pride in.

We also hope to display all the major awards won by Welsh bands during 2013—from the prizes won by our wonderful youth bands to the major championship trophies that have been claimed by the likes of Cory, Tredegar and Beaumaris."

Beverley added: "There will also be features covering all aspects of Welsh banding — from its rich history to its exciting future, all linked together by the sound of brass."

More details

Look out for more details on the BBC Cymru Wales website in the coming weeks.

1st City of Norwich Brass

Result: 2018 London & Southern Counties Regional Championships: Third Section

March 17 • City of Norwich delivers the winning Napoleonic performance off the number one draw in Stevenage.

Gala Theatre

Result: North of England Regional Championship: Fourth Section

March 17 • Spennymoor Town makes it a clean sweep as they head to Cheltenham with fellow qualifiers and debutants Tewit Silver.

Taff Vale Brass

Result: 2018 Welsh Regional Championship: Third Section

March 17 • Taff Vale Brass claim the Third Section honours on their contest debuts and are joined in Cheltenham by Usk.

Brangwyn Hall

Potential weather and road closure delays for Welsh Regional Championship

March 16 • Snowfall on the way to Swansea and some road closures near to the Brangwyn Hall on Saturday morning may cause problems for bands at the Welsh Regional Championship.

Contest: London & SC Regional Championships

Saturday 17 March • Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage SG1 1LZ

Contest: Welsh Regional Championships

Saturday 17 March • Brangwyn Hall, The Guildhall, Swansea SA1 4PE

Contest: North of England Regional Championships

Saturday 17 March • The Gala Theatre, 1 Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA

Black Dyke Band - Victoria Hall, Bolton

Saturday 17 March • 37 Knowsley St, Bolton BL1 2AS

Contest: London & SC REgional Championships

Sunday 18 March • Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage SG1 1LZ

Walsall Brass Band

March 17 • WALSALL BRASS BAND are looking for Cornets, 1st Baritone, 2nd Euphonium, Bb Bass and Percusion.

Cheshire Constabulary Band

March 17 • We are urgently looking for a Tenor Horn, Cornet and snare drummers (for our Corps of drums). Smart friendly well run band with varied engagements, just one rehearsal a week. Open to all walks of life ( you do not need to work for the Police!)

Arrow Valley Brass

March 16 • Arrow Valley Brass is developing well under Andy Culshaw and seeks to appoint an experienced front row cornet player. We are based in Inkberrow, Worcs.and our main rehearsal is on Sunday morning. Full programme of concerts, contests etc.

David Frame

Bass/Tenor Trombone Player, Adjudicator (Member of AoBBA) Occasional Conductor