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Childs play for Gwent Youth 60th birthday

Robert and David Childs will feature as soloists as part of the Greater Gwent Youth Band's 60th anniversary celebrations.

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  David and Robert Childs will perform at the concert

The forthcoming concert celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Greater Gwent Youth is set to feature two new commissions from the pen of former player, Daniel Bickerton.

Daniel is now Head of Undergraduate Studies at Cardiff University, with his fanfare entitled, 'As Alive As Ever' and the concert work, 'Breaker of Stones' to be performed at the concert at Rougemont School on Saturday 4th January.

Breaker of Stones

The title 'Breaker of Stones' comes from the Welsh 'Torfaen' — now the name of one of the three local authorities whose pupils make up the band.

It refers to the old name for the Afon Lwyd ('grey river') — which flows through the county borough from its source north of Blaenavon southward through Abersychan, Pontypool, and Cwmbran. It also quotes an old Welsh hymn tune 'Llef' used as a mining song.

The concert led by conductors Gareth Ritter and Sean O'Neil (3.00pm) will be followed by a special 3-course black-tie anniversary dinner open to all members past or present, friends, family and supporters and which has gained a wonderful response

The current band will also be joined by two of its most illustrious alumni as Dr Robert Childs and David Childs, who will perform as guest soloists4BR

Alumni

The current band will also be joined by two of its most illustrious alumni as Dr Robert Childs and David Childs, who will perform as guest soloists.

Bob will showcase 'Grandfather's Clock', one of the solos he used to play during his time as solo euphonium.

Meanwhile, the next generation of young players will be showcased as the Greater Gwent Intermediate Band will perform under Lana Tingay, whilst over 60 past members dating from the first band right the way through to current day will be conducted by Alun F. Williams in a special 'Re-union Band' performance.

Both the current and past bands will combine for the finale of 'Procession to the Minster' to round off the concert

Tickets:

Tickets for the event can be purchased at:
https://www.gwentmusic.co.uk/gwent-youth-brass-band/60-years/

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