Glyn Williams is celebrating an early Christmas present following the news that his latest CD release, ‘The Lure of the Red Jacket’ has won the 2011 Brass Band World Magazine ‘Solo CD of the Year’ Award.
Recorded in May this year, and accompanied by Foden’s Band directed by Mike Fowles, it was released at the British Open Championship to wide critical acclaim.
Pitched against world class musicians of the calibre of Jens Lindemann, Steven Mead and Les Neish, the BBW Panel of Ian Porthouse, Katrina Marzella and David Lancaster, were faced with an almost impossible task of picking a winner.
David Lancaster was reported as saying: "All the short listed recordings demonstrated a dazzling array of technique and musicianship."
However, with music such as the title track itself from the pen of great friend Andy Scott, and with works by composers such as Bram Tovey, Robert Redhead, John Golland and Alan Fernie, the judges were left in little doubt that it was a worthy winner.
Energy and colour
Ian Porthouse called it: "...one of the most interesting euphonium releases I’ve heard", whilst Katrina Marzella added: "...the CD exploded with energy and colour," David Lancaster summed up the panel’s findings by saying: "This recording above all others, seems to show a depth of engagement with the music..."
Glyn told 4BR: "I’m delighted to have been awarded BBW Solo CD of the Year against what I know was very tough competition."
He added: "I knew after the release of my first solo CD (Virtuoso) in 2005 that my next offering needed to be of a more serious nature, demonstrating just how far I have come in the 17 years I have been with Foden’s.
All the pieces have special meaning for me, especially the Andy Scott Concerto which was commissioned for me this year."
All the pieces have special meaning for me, especially the Andy Scott Concerto which was commissioned for me this yearGlyn Williams
Glyn revealed that the CD title mirrors his personal feeling for the band he has now graced for close on two decades.
"It’s all about Foden’s and the attraction it will always have for me. I’m extremely grateful to have been accompanied by such a great band and such great people, whilst special thanks must go to Adam Goldsmith of World of Sound who has been a delight to work with and to Mike Fowles for all his hard work on this project."
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