Red Lady set to feature for Burry Port

Burry Port Band to feature a 26,000 year old lady as part of new arts project.

Burry Port

Hot on the heels of the announcement of the New Brass Festival for Wales, Burry Port Band has announced its own arts project entitled, ‘The Red Lady of Paviland’.


The project is based on the story of the 26,000-year-old ochre-stained skeleton, discovered in a cave on the Gower Peninsula in the mid 1800’s.

The Red Lady of Paviland will feature the current Welsh League Champions alongside Welsh tenor Robyn Lyn, Royal Harpist Claire Jones, mixed choir Cor Seingar, and a massed children's chorus drawn from across the West Wales area.


Speaking to 4BR, Burry Port’s MD Craig Roberts was enthusiastic about the project: "The Red Lady is an innovative presentation of brass music, very much along the lines of other arts projects I’ve undertaken in the past, though this event will be something of a first for West Wales."

Everyone’s really looking forward to the performance, and particularly the new cantata, which should be a quite remarkable and welcome addition to the brass band repertoire in WalesBurry Port Band

Welsh basis

He added: "The programme of music for the project is of a wholly Welsh basis, and will include performances of Gareth Glyn’s ‘Dolbadarn’ and Edward Gregson’s ‘An Age of Kings’, though the central feature of the evening will be the premiere performance of ‘Y Dyn Unig’ (The Lonely Man), a new cantata commissioned for the project from Welsh composer Andrew Powell, with libretto by Welsh poet Menna Elfyn."


Burry Port, Band Chairman Marc Scaife added: "It’s exciting for the band to be working on the Red Lady project, particularly alongside artists of the calibre of Andrew, Menna, Robyn and Claire."

He added: "Everyone’s really looking forward to the performance, and particularly the new cantata, which should be a quite remarkable and welcome addition to the brass band repertoire in Wales."

The performance is set to take place on Thursday April 1 at the Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen.

Become a supporter and help make our future secure.

4barsrest continues to be a proudly independent voice. There are no paywalls to overcome to be able to enjoy what we do to keep our journalism at the heart of the brass banding world. Support us with a one-off donation or subscribe from just £2.50 per month.

Support us    

Chris Binns

Binns returns to Milnrow

July 13 • Christopher Binns returns to his musical starting point to take the conducting reins.

Amersham Band

Amersham prepares for festival celebration

July 13 • The Amersham Band organisation will working towards its inaugural Music Festival later this month.


Gates closed on exciting recording project

July 13 • The second part of an exciting recording project of the music of composer Dorothy Gates has just been completed with the help of Brighouse & Rastrick Band, Onyx Brass and Isobel Daws.


Cory duo to join Drogheda

July 13 • Glyn and Helen Williams will head to Drogheda to be part of their forthcoming Summer Sounds course.


Sunday 14 July • Pemberton Old Wigan Brass Bands. Enfield Street,. Pemberton,. Wigan WN5 8DZ


Friday 19 July • Pemberton Old Wigan Band . Enfield Street,. Pemberton,. Wigan. WN5 8DZ

Barnsley Brass - Stephen Sykes, Principal Trombone of The Cory Band

Saturday 20 July • St Mary's Church, Kippax, Leeds LS25 7HF

Boarshurst Silver Band - Sunday Brass Concert - Skelmanthorpe Band

Sunday 21 July • Boarshurst Band Club, Greenbridge Lane OL3 7EW

Boarshurst Silver Band - Sunday Brass Concert - Phoenix Brass

Sunday 28 July • Boarshurst Band Club, Greenbridge Lane OL3 7EW

Waltham St. Lawrence Silver Band

July 13 • Our welcoming non-contesting band, based near Maidenhead, Bracknell and Reading, seeks: . Solo Euphonium . 1st Horn . Percussion, kit and tuned: we have a lovely pair of timps! . Solo Cornet to complete the front-row line-up. 2nd Cornet

Newtown Silver Band

July 12 • Musical Director. Following the retirement of our current Musical Director after 40 years of loyal service the band is seeking a new Musical Director to take the band forward. We are a 3rd section band with a busy programme and enthusiastic members. .

Epping Forest Band

July 12 • Required: We are a friendly 2nd section band in Essex. We are in need of a Tenor Horn , cornet (position negotiable) and a Kit player. We have our own band room and full percussion is provided

Dr. Stephen Arthur Allen

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


 © 2024 4barsrest.com Ltd