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Turner prize for Llwydcoed

Welsh League champion teams up with new MD for 2014...

Chris Turner


Welsh League First Section champion Llwydcoed has announced that former Cory assistant principal cornet player Chris Turner (centre) has taken over the Musical Director role with the band.

Musical direction

The League victory means that the band will perform in the top flight of the three legged Championship Section series in 2014, with Chris taking over the main musical direction with Nigel Seaman becoming Associate Conductor as he continues his role with current champion, Burry Port.

Moved forward

Chairman Kevin Johnson told 4BR: "The band wishes to thank Nigel for the way in which he has motivated and moved us forward during his tenure at the helm. We have yet again enjoyed an immensely successful year due to his direction."

He added: "Our thanks go to Nigel and we look forward to working with him in a new capacity from next year. We are also very excited at the prospect of working with Chris Turner and look forward to a very bright future."


As well as gaining a renowned reputation as one of the banding world’s finest ‘bumper-ups’, Chris Turner has also gained plaudits for his teaching and tutoring, as well as his emerging conducting career, which will also see him lead the Greater Gwent Youth Band in their annual course and concert in Newport in the next few weeks.

We are also very excited at the prospect of working with Chris Turner and look forward to a very bright futureBand Chairman, Kevin Johnson

Looking forward

He told 4BR: "I’m really grateful that the band has given me this opportunity and I look forward to continuing the excellent work Nigel has developed and will continue to add to with the band."

National trophies

2018 National Finalists confirmed

March 19 • The list of bands who will challenge for National honours in the autumn is now complete following the last round of 2018 Regional contests on the weekend.

Friary Guildford

Result: 2018 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship: Championship Section

March 18 • Frairy Guildford make it four wins in a row as they retain their top-flight title and are joined at the Albert Hall by Thundersley.


Result: 2018 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship: Fourth Section

March 18 • Bradwell Silver strikes gold to take Fourth Section title and head to Cheltenham alongside Regent Community Brass and Great Yarmouth Brass.


Result: 2018 North of England Regional Championship: Championship Section

March 18 • NASUWT Riverside makes it a North of England Area double as they head back to the Albert Hall as champions again with Reg Vardy in tow.

Black Dyke Band - The Hawth, Crawley

Sunday 18 March • The Hawth, Hawth Ave, Crawley RH10 6YZ

Contest: Welsh Regional Championships

Sunday 18 March • Brangwyn Hall, The Guildhall, Swansea SA1 4PE

Contest: London & SC REgional Championships

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

Contest: North of England Regional Championships

Sunday 18 March • The Gala Theatre, 1 Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA

Black Dyke Band - Mirfield Parish Church

Thursday 22 March • Mirfield Parish Church, 38 Church Lane, Mirfield WF14 9HX

Knaresborough Silver Band

March 19 • Knaresborough Silver Band are looking for percussion players to join them following their recent success in the Areas 3rd section gaining our 3rd Cheltenham invitation in the last 4 years. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings @ 7.30pm.

East Yorkshire Motor Services Brass Band

March 19 • The EYMS Band has an immediate vacancy for a first class Solo Euphonium Or Solo Baritone. With The Grand Shield on the horizon and a sensible concert schedule we are looking for a talented individual to join this experienced section.

Chinnor Silver

March 19 • We are sadly loosing one of our award winning bass team soon(best basses award at areas) so we are looking for a Bb BASS . Good book of contests and concerts planned including butlins . We rehearse on Wednesday in our own bandroom

Steve Pritchard-Jones

Conductor, Adjudicator, Teacher