facebook twitter rss vimeo


New trio at City of Cardiff

New arrivals for M1 and M2, as well as a new Composer in Association.

City of Cardiff


City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) organisation has announced a trio of musical signings, with its M1 and M2 bands boosted by new and returning players

Bass, cornet and composer

The senior Championship Section M1 Band welcomes husband and wife team of Martin Davies and Carol Flanary-Davies, who join on principal Eb bass and assistant principal cornet, whilst Dave Collins become the new composer in association.


Musical Director Gareth Ritter told 4BR that he was very pleased that the trio will be joining the Welsh band set up.

"I’m delighted to welcome Carol and Martin to M1. The experience and quality they bring is fantastic. We wish them a long and enjoyable time with us."

He added: "Dave is one of the brightest new compositional talents in brass music. We have really enjoyed performing his work we are sure the partnership will provide fantastic future opportunities for us."

City of Cardiff has already played several of his pieces, including, ‘Brooklyn’ and ‘Superstition’, and are looking forward to commissioning further new works.

Dave is one of the brightest new compositional talents in brass music. We have really enjoyed performing his work we are sure the partnership will provide fantastic future opportunities for usMD, Gareth Ritter

New works and welcome backs

Dave’s first work, ‘Lament’, was premiered by Milnrow in 2008 and he has since received commissions from the Norwegian duo of Aalborg Brass and Nordvestjysk Brass, as well as Rochdale Music Service, Bon Accord and Durham University among others.

He is currently composer in residence with the Fishburn Band.

The M2 Band also welcomes back Dave Howard on baritone and Richard Killen on Eb bass, in time for the Second Section National Championships in Cheltenham.


4BR Shop: Flash the plastic!

June 22 • There is a great deal on the iconic plastic pTrumpet through the 4BR Shop at the moment thanks to Band Supplies.


Jagger makes stone's throw move to sop

June 22 • Rob Jagger has made the move from bumper-up to soprano cornet for Grand Shield champion Hammonds.

Bass trom

Are you in the market for a bass trombone?

June 22 • If you are looking for a pro level bass trombone then John Packer has one ready and waiting for a new home...


Muggeridge takes Flight with life saving CD

June 22 • Former Fairey Band baritone player Keith Muggeridge has launched a fund raising CD to say thank you to the brilliant Air Ambulance Service that helped save his life.

The Marple Band - The Marple Band presents Music from Musicals

Saturday 23 June • Stockport Grammar School. Buxton Road. Stockport SK2 7AF

Elland Silver Band - Elland Silver Band

Saturday 23 June • Blackley Blackley Church Prospect View Elland HX5 0TD

Blidworth Welfare Band - Organist Keith Hearnshaw

Saturday 23 June • St Andrews Church, The Green, Swanwick, Derbys DE55 1AN

Besses o' th' Barn Band - Charity Celebration Concert

Saturday 23 June • St Thomas Church, Warrington Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield WN4 9PL

York Railway Institute Band - Dan Thomas - Euphonium

Saturday 23 June • Central Methodist Church. St Saviourgate. York. YO1 8NQ YO1 8NQ

Frampton on Severn Silver Band

June 22 • We are a friendly non-contesting band in Gloucestershire looking for players, particularly cornets, baritone and basses, but all are welcome. We play at many local events and bandstand jobs, and practice on Tuesday evenings just off Junction 13 of the M5.

Crewe Brass

June 22 • Crewe Brass currently have vacancies for Eb and BBb Bass, Baritone, and Cornet. We are a friendly, social first section band with a good mix of concerts and contests, and rehearse on Monday and Friday evenings in Shavington, Crewe.

Lydbrook Band

June 22 • Lydbrook Band are recruiting a 2nd Trombone to our join our Championship section band . This is a great opportunity to be part of the premier band in the Royal Forest of Dean.

Derek Renshaw

ABBA Member
Conductor, Band Trainer and Adjudicator.