Welsh youth ready to rise again in Neath, Newtown and Cardiff

The National Youth Brass Band of Wales will meet this weekend under Philip Harper to prepare for a trio of major concerts featuring evocative repertoire from Tom Davoren to Eric Ball and an incredible young guest soloist.

  Philip Harper will be leading the band for a second time

The National Youth Brass Band of Wales is preparing for its annual course, which this year is being led by Cory MD Philip Harper (above).

Talented performers from all corners of the country will gather under his baton at Trinity St David University in Carmarthen this Sunday (22nd) to start work on challenging repertoire To be featured in a trio of concerts in Neath, Newtown and Cardiff the following weekend.

Contrasting repertoire

Phil has certainly ensured that there will be plenty of great music to their teeth into, with Philip Wilby's 'New Jerusalem' and Eric Ball's 'Resurgam' forming contrasting test-piece elements of their programmes.

In addition his own 'East Meets West' suite and works such as 'Balkan Dance' and the TJ Powell march 'The Spaceman' will also be heard, whilst there will be a special premiere of Tom Davoren's ensemble version of his NHS 70th anniversary inspired 'Legacy'.

The guest soloist this year is Daniel Thomas, solo euphonium of Black Dyke and former alumni of the band. He will perform the John Golland Euphonium Concerto.

In a continued effort to maintain a production line of new talent coming through the ranks, the band will also be holding a series of 'sit and play' workshops at each concert venue, where during the day youngsters can come along and enjoy a taste of what the National Youth Band has to offer and to play along with the current band.

Wales continues to produce fine young brass and percussion players — testament to the excellent work undertaken by so many community bandsPhilip Harper


Speaking to 4BR, Philip Harper said that he was thoroughly looking forward to the course. "This is the second time I've been asked to conduct the band, and it's a real honour. Wales continues to produce fine young brass and percussion players — testament to the excellent work undertaken by so many community bands."

He added: "With that in mind I've chosen a challenging programme this year – with two major test-pieces. There will be plenty of musical contrast on offer too, and I hope everyone will be as amazed by the playing talents of Daniel Thomas as I've been on hearing him play over the past few years.

All this and we have the special performances of Tom Davoren's 'Legacy' and we are encouraging the next generation of youngsters to come along and experience what the band is all about with the 'sit and play' initiative. It's going to busy and fun, and I can assure everyone there is going to be plenty of great music making on show."

Sit and play

To find out more about the 'sit and play' initiative, which costs just £5.00 and includes a free concert ticket, please contact Alexandria James to register to take part at the venue of your choice.

Players should ideally be between 10-18 years of age: alexjames@nyaw.org.uk


Friday 27th July
St David's Church

Saturday 28th July
Theatr Hafren

Sunday 29th July
Dora Stoutzker Hall

4barsrest logo

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 from just £2.50 per month.

Support us    


The making of Battle of the Brass Bands

August 16 • An exclusive look behind the scenes at how the forthcoming Sky Arts documentary series Battle of the Brass Bands made it to our screens...

Brass Band World

Brass Band World magazine: August edition out now...

August 16 • The August edition of Brass Band World is out now — packed with news, views, opinions and reviews that make for essential reading...


Former National champion looking forward to return

August 16 • Newbridge Celynen Brass is hoping to make a long awaited return to the contest stage after a decade of being away.


Coalburn pride at youngster's NYBBS experience

August 16 • The Coalburn Band organisation has spoken of the pride it has in its young stars that were part of this year's National Youth Brass Bands of Scotland summer course.

Foden's Band - Snape Maltings

Saturday 17 August • Snape Maltings, Suffolk IP17 1SP

Black Dyke Band - Macmillan Theatre, Bridgwater

Sunday 18 August • The McMillan Theatre, Bath Road, Bridgwater,Somerset TA6 4PZ

Regent Hall Concerts - Ensemble Sauterelle (french horns and male voices)

Friday 23 August • Charlton House. Charlton Road. London. SE7 8RE SE7 8RE

Sandhurst Silver Band - Music in the Memorial Park

Sunday 25 August • Sandhurst Memorial Park, Yorktown Road, Sandhurst GU47 9DP

Foden's Band - Sandbach

Monday 26 August • The Wheatsheaf, Sandbach, 1 Hightown, Sandbach CW11 1AG

Corby Silver Band

August 17 • We have vacancies for solo cornet, back row cornet and 1st horn. . We are a 3rd section band based in Northamptonshire in the East Midlands. . Rehearsals 8pm - 10pm Monday & Wednesday held in our own band club. We do not charge any subs.

Strata Brass

August 17 • FRONT ROW CORNET/TROMBONE/PERCUSSION in this Yorkshire Championship Band.. MD Jonathan Bates (Solo Horn - Fodens). Rehearsals currently MON/WED - bandroom 5 mins from J35/36 M1, lifts available from Manchester/Leeds/Sheffield/Huddersfield..

Stannington Brass Band

August 17 • A rare opportunity has arisen to join one of Sheffield's leading bands with a vacancy for an EEb TUBA player to complete our bass section. We have a good band room atmosphere and a calendar of interesting concerts and contests

James McLeod

BMus (hons)
Euphonium Soloist, Teacher and Conductor


 © 2019 4barsrest.com Ltd