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Breakthrough year for young composer

Cardiff based composer David Rees has enjoyed a musical 2012 to remember — thanks to Ynyshir and other Welsh bands

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Young Cardiff-based composer David Rees is celebrating the end of a year which has seen the premieres of six of his compositions by various bands in South Wales.

March and solo

In January, his march ‘The Band That Jack Built’, dedicated to the memory of one of the founding members of the Usk Band, was premièred by the Usk Youth Band at the 2012 Greater Gwent Youth Brass Festival.

This was closely followed by the premiere of a new flugel solo performed by the composer himself, and a new concert opener by the Rogerstone Band.

Brass the Baton

In June, the Ynyshir Band requested a short fanfare to perform as part of the Cultural Olympiad ‘Brass the Baton’ project, whilst in September they also commissioned a new arrangement of the miner’s hymn, ‘Gresford’, which was premiered at the CISWO Miners Entertainment Contest in Porthcawl.

Finally, at the recent SEWBBA contest in Blaenavon, Ynyshir also premiered a new test piece ‘Springtime’, which had been adapted from one of his A Level Music compositions.


Ynyshir MD, Dean Evans told 4BR: "I have thoroughly enjoyed working with David on the compositions he has undertaken for us over the last year. All have been outstanding new works and we are currently in discussions over another for the band that will hopefully be performed in the early part of 2013."

In addition to his compositional achievements David was also appointed Composer-in-Residence by the Rogerstone Band too.

It’s been a brilliant year for me as a composer. To receive six premieres, including a test piece gives me a huge boost to my confidenceDavid Rees

Brilliant year

David added: "It’s been a brilliant year for me as a composer. To receive six premieres, including a test piece gives me a huge boost to my confidence.

I’m now looking to build on my experiences, and hope to continue to compose music for more bands across the country. Until then, I will continue to look for opportunities to learn off other composers and conductors, with the aim of improving my musical knowledge."

British Open

Amendments made to British Open test-piece

April 20 • Competing bands at the 2018 British Open will have to make some minor amendments to their scores of 'A Brussels Requiem' for the contest.

Coldstream Guards

Personal testimony fuels Coldstream concert

April 20 • Intimate stories of overcoming the damaging effects of combat stress are inspiring The Band of Coldstream Guards as they prepare for their St George's Day Concert at Cadogan Hall.


Flowers prepare for move to new home

April 20 • The Flowers Band will return to the heart of Gloucester as they make final arrangements to move into new rehearsal home.


Youngsters to be encouraged to compete at Music Festival

April 20 • Entries are now open for the 49th Bailey Lane End Music Festival — so why not sign up and have a go!

Foden's Band - BBC Radio 'Young Brass Award Final'

Friday 20 April • RNCM, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD

Crofton Silver Band - Theatre Royal Wakefield

Friday 20 April • Theatre Royal Wakefield. Drury Lane . Wakefield WF1 2TE

Thundersley Brass Band - TBB Quiz Night

Friday 20 April • Richmond Hall, Richmond Avenue, South Benfleet, Essex SS75HA

Black Dyke Band - Conthey - Switzerland

Saturday 21 April • tbc tbc

Gresley Colliery Band - Gresley Colliery Youth and Senior Brass Bands

Saturday 21 April • Gresley Old Hall,. Gresley Wood Road . Swadlincote DE11 9QW

Blidworth Welfare Band

April 20 • Assistant Principal Cornet and Percussionist. Having recently secured 5th place at the Midlands Area Championship Section and a new Principal cornet we are looking for applications for the above positions. The band operate a sensible diary of engagements.

Enderby Band

April 19 • Enderby Band are looking for a SOLO TROMBONE. We are a hard-working and sociable band and are looking for committed players to fill these key seats. The band are current Wychavon and Shirebrook Champions and National finalists.

West Somerset Brass Band

April 19 • West Somerset Brass is looking to strengthen its cornet section, if you are a front or back row player we would be delighted to hear from you, you may even still have a chance of coming along to our French tour later in the year.

Duncan A. Beckley

Conductor, adjudicator, band trainer and teacher