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Student break for MD

Jeremy Meddows-Taylor ends his student association with Cardiff University Brass Band in fine style.


The members of Cardiff University Brass Band are enjoying their Christmas break after a busy and successful few months.

New members

In September the band welcomed several new members and began preparations for an Autumn Semester Concert under Musical Directors, Martin Humphries and Jeremy Meddows-Taylor.

Last November they also welcomed Richard Evans to Cardiff for a weekend of rehearsals culminating in a concert at the School of Music.

Childs partnership

The band recently teamed up with international euphonium star David Childs for a critically acclaimed concert featuring the Palestrina Signers of Cardiff University.

Works by Philip Sparke and Paul Lovatt-Cooper were featured as David also directed the band in accompanying featured soloists Tomos Evans and Matthew White (who teamed up with David for a sparkling performance of 'Brillante'), whilst Jeremy was lucky enough to conduct as David wowed the audience with his encore speciality, ‘Hot Canary’

It was a very sad, but special night for me. The players gave their all this term and that resulted in a fantastic concertJeremy Meddows-Taylor

Last concert

For Jeremy, it was his last concert with the band after two and half years sharing the conducting duties with his good friend Martin. Jeremy, who has also been a percussionist with the Cory Band for the last three years, is moving back to Cornwall to complete a teaching placement for his Postgraduate Certificate in Education.


He told 4BR: "It was a very sad, but special night for me. The players gave their all this term and that resulted in a fantastic concert. To an audience not familiar with brass banding, it was certainly a great advert.

David expertly led them through the varied programme, and to see world-class brass musicians such as him and Matthew performing at the University was wonderful. I’d like to say huge thank you to them both, but especially to Dave for his time and efforts with the band over that week.

For everyone there, it was a night that will be remembered for a long time!"


When the players return to rehearsals in the New Year, preparation will begin for the UniBrass Championships in February.

Brass in Concert

Results: 2017 Brass in Concert Championship

November 19 • The all conquering Norwegians of Eikanger become the Brass in Concert champions.


Results: 2017 Scottish Challenge Shield

November 19 • Clackmannan claims the Scottish Challenge Shield honours with a triumphant performance in Perth.


Gateshead prepares for the entertainers to arrive

November 17 • The Sage Gateshead will host two days of world class brass band talent this weekend at the Brass in Concert Championship festival.


Trinity Girls look for new lead

November 17 • The successful musical partnership between conductor Ryan Watkins and Trinity Girls Band has come to an end.

Gloucestershire Brass Band Association - Own Choice March & Test Piece Contest

Sunday 19 November • All Saints’ Academy. Blaisdon Way. Cheltenham GL51 0WH

Rotherham Schools' Youth Brass Band - Fountain City Brass Band

Monday 20 November • Rotherham Minster - Rotherham s60 1pd

Foden's Band - Matt Ford - Lichfield Cathedral

Friday 24 November • 19A The Close, Lichfield WS13 7LD

Lofthouse Brass Band - Pudsey Churches Together Christmas Concert

Saturday 25 November • Pudsey Parish Church, Church Lane, Pudsey, LS28 7BD LS28 7BD

Lofthouse Brass Band - Lofthouse Christmas Fair

Saturday 25 November • Lofthouse Methodist Church, Leeds Road, Lofthouse, Wakefield WF3 3NE

Chinnor Silver

November 20 • Despite winning the 2nd section at the GBBA contest we still need a Bb BASS to complete our line up. Good but realistic book of concerts and concerts planned.. We have well attended rehearsals on a Wednesday in our own bandroom.

Hucknall & Linby Brass

November 20 • Hucknall and Linby Band - 2nd section- Require a front row cornet player. We rehearse Thursdays 7.30 -9.30 in Hucknall, Nottingham. With great transport links to the city centre and the universities.

Newstead Brass

November 18 • Bb Cornet (position negotiable). . Newstead Brass, established Midlands Championship section, have opportunity for an additional cornet player. Suitable for experienced player or someone looking to take the next step in their development.

Duncan A. Beckley

Conductor, adjudicator, band trainer and teacher