facebook twitter rss vimeo


October treats of titles and Terfel for Lewis Merthyr

The Lewis Merthyr Band has enjoyed a fine October — winning a Welsh League title in Burry Port and teaming up with the great Bryn Terfel for a spot of television work.

Lewis Merthyr
  The Lewis Merthyr Band joined forces with the great Welsh baritone singer Bryn Terfel for the broadcast.

October has proven to be a fine month for the Rhondda valley based Lewis Merthyr Band.

Not only did they win the First Section title at the recent West Wales Brass Band Association contest in Burry Port, but they also enjoyed the opportunity to perform with the world renowned baritone singer Sir Bryn Terfel for a forthcoming television programme.

Contest success

The contest success came with a fine performance of James Curnow's 'Brass Metamorphosis' which saw them take the title as well as additional prizes for 'Best Soloist' for flugel player Zoe Alexander and the 'Conductor's Award' to Musical Director Craig Roberts.

Meanwhile, the filmed performance with the legendary international Welsh opera star Sir Bryn Terfel took place at the Rhondda Heritage Park, site of the former Lewis Merthyr Colliery.

National broadcast

Together they recorded a special setting by the Welsh composer Arwel Hughes of the traditional Welsh hymn 'Cwm Rhondda', the arrangement especially transcribed by Christopher Painter, with a special 'Amen' ending written by the composer's son, the renowned Welsh conductor Owain Arwel Hughes CBE.

The resultant film will feature in the final episode of Sir Bryn's new television series 'Taith Bryn Terfel — Gwlad Y Gan' which will be broadcast nationwide in Wales on S4C on or around Christmas Day.

It's been a fantastic few weeks for the band and the ongoing successes are a testament to the ongoing hard work of all the band membersBand Manager, Paul Williams

Fantastic few weeks

Speaking of the successes, Band Manager Paul Williams told 4BR: "It's been a fantastic few weeks for the band and the ongoing successes are a testament to the ongoing hard work of all the band members.

We now look forward to another busy month ahead in November, which will see the band undertake a recording session for Rondo Media's Band Cymru competition, as well as supporting three Remembrance Day.

He added: "We will then look forward to the final competition of the 2017 Welsh League series at Merthyr Tydfil on Saturday November 25th".


2018 Spring Festival details announced

February 24 • The list of bands competing at the 98th British Open Spring Festival have been announced by the contest organisers.


Cory stars lead Mid-Winter challenges in Barnstaple

February 24 • Philip Harper and stars from Cory Band helped put 120 players through their paces at the recent SWBBA Mid-Winter Workshop weekend.


Radio: Sounds of Brass

February 24 • More great music on the airwaves from Philip Hunt.


Illness forces Webster to withdraw from adjudication role

February 24 • Steven Mead steps in as illness has meant Dr Roger Webster has had to withdraw from his adjudication role at the forthcoming Midlands Regional Championships.

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

Enderby Band

February 24 • Enderby Band are looking for a SOLO TROMBONE to join us after the Area Contest. We are a hard-working and sociable band and are looking for a committed player to fill a key seat. We have a sensible mix of concert and contests throughout the year.

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

Dr. Stephen Arthur Allen

D. Phil. (Oxon) [Ph.D Oxford University], GBSM, LTCL, ABSM, ALCM, Cert. Ed.