Welsh champion takes first steps back to rehearsal

Tredegar has taken the first small steps back to playing together by following the regulations and guidelines provided in Wales.

  Tredegar last took to the contest stage at the Welsh Area Championships in March

Welsh Champion Tredegar has taken the first steps on what they hope will be a return to regular rehearsals.

The band has been working closely with their local authority and by following regulatory information provided by the Welsh Government and guidance provided by the steering group of BandiauPres Cymru — Brass Bands Wales.


It has seen them undertake a trial of three small ensemble rehearsals at their bandhall headquarters as they look to work on a series of ongoing musical projects.

"The key has been to understand both the letter and the spirit of the guidelines and regulations,"a band spokesperson told 4BR. "There are no short cuts with this for bands."

They added: "The information that has been provided by the Welsh Government, the work undertaken with Craig Roberts through BandiauPres Cymru — Brass Bands Wales and the link with our local authority at Blaenau Gwent has enabled us to do this.

However, we are clear that these are the first small steps and that they may change at any time. There is a very long way to go before we can contemplate a return to full rehearsals."

Reduced form

MD Ian Porthouse has understandably been delighted that the Welsh Champion is playing again, albeit in greatly reduced form almost nine months after their 2020 Area triumph.

"It's great to meet up with the players again — socially distanced of course. The work put in place to enable a small ensemble to play reinforced that. Everything must be undertaken with the safety of those involved at the forefront of the action taken."

He did add with a chuckle: "I think we have plenty of work to do to get back to some sort of title winning form though!"

All we can recommend very strongly is that they ensure they seek advice from the correct sources and gain clarity and certainty about what can and cannot be doneTredegar Band

Different circumstances

The band spokesperson concluded: "We are also aware that the circumstances of each band in Wales, as with every band across the UK, will be different.

All we can recommend very strongly is that they ensure they seek advice from the correct sources and gain clarity and certainty about what can and cannot be done — from the purchase of correct face masks and sanitising products to bells covers, travel arrangements, spacing requirements and all important record keeping."

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    

Mod For

Free and fit mind support for children from Mode for...

January 16 • Tabby Kerwin has provided a fantastic free resource to help families during these challenging educational times.

St Dennis

New trombone addition to St Dennis ranks

January 16 • The experienced Dylan Brewer takes the solo trombone seat at St Dennis Band to extend a family link stretching back a century.


New Year honours and anticipation for Lewis Merthyr

January 16 • Welsh band pays tribute to stalwart player as they look forward to exciting developments in 2021.

Black Dyke

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...

January 15 • Despite the restrictions and the weather there is still a little bit of fun to be had if you want to play together..

Black Dyke Band - Brighouse & Rastrick, Huddersfield Town Hall

Saturday 27 March • Corporation St, Huddersfield HD1 2TA

Contest: 100thSpring Festival

Saturday 8 May • 97 Church St, Blackpool, FY1 1HL

Contest: Whit Friday March Contests

Friday 28 May • Saddleworth & Tameside OL3

Contest: 168th British Open

Saturday 11 September • Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham. B1 2EA

Contest: Lower Section National Finals

Saturday 18 September • The Centaur, Cheltenham Race Course, Prestbury, Cheltenham GL40 4SH

Foss Dyke Band

January 1 • Front Row Cornet vacancy still up for grabs. Come and join Foss and enjoy our newly refurbished band room with newly appointed MD David Dernley. Foss Dyke are a 1st Section Band with a moderate contest and concert schedule.

Phillip Littlemore

GGSM, AoBBA Member
Conductor, Band Trainer, Adjudicator, Arranger, Teacher and Publisher


 © 2021 4barsrest.com Ltd