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Great first year for Rhondda Fach Youth

It's been a great first year for the Rhondda Fach Youth Band — with a trio of Gold Awards to prove it!

Noah Davies

 

Its certainly been a great first year for the Rhonda Fach Youth Band, formed in October 2014 by bringing together the youth sections of Tylorstown and Ynyshir Bands.

Gold awards

During 2015 they took part in the youth section events of all three Welsh League competitions, gaining Gold Awards at each, and seeing players as young as five (such as Noah Davies above) take to the stage for the first time.

The band incorporates abilities from first note blowing beginners to established youth players — with an age range of 5 — 18. The band also benefits from the experience of senior players of both connected bands offering free tuition.

It's been a fantastic year. We've enjoyed great contest success and we are looking forward to building on this in 2016, starting the year with the Band Cymru competition in JanuaryConductor Angela Westacott

Fantastic year

Conductor Angela Westacott told 4BR: "It's been a fantastic year. We've enjoyed great contest success and we are looking forward to building on this in 2016, starting the year with the Band Cymru competition in January.

We are also looking forward to introducing new contests to our calendar in order to give the youth members more experiences."

National Youth

During the year principal cornet Katie Hill gained a place on the National Youth Brass Band of Wales as well as many of the other children passing their instrumental grade exams.



Fodens

RNCM announces conducting link with Foden's

August 17 • The Royal Northern College of Music has announced an innovative conducting link to North West champion Foden's.


tuba

Superb tuba on hand at Band Supplies

August 17 • There is a superb fully refurbished 922 round stamp Boosey & Hawkes BBb tuba ready for a new home at Band Supplies Leeds.


Norwich

Ager to take helm at City of Norwich

August 17 • The experienced Mark Ager will take over the conducting lead of City of Norwich Band with Cheltenham on the horizon.


AUDIENCE

Judges announced for Brass Showcase event

August 17 • Four entertaining Scottish bands will have their efforts scrutinised by some fearless judges — and an audience — at Johnstone Town Hall later this month.


St Michael's Brass Band - We are playing in Middleton Town Centre.

Saturday 18 August • Middleton Gardens, Middleton. M244DF


Thundersley Brass Band - Visit the Vulcan - Open Day

Sunday 19 August • London Southend Airport, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS26YU


Ibstock Brick Brass - Ibstock Country Fair

Sunday 19 August • Ibstock Showground. Pretoria Road. Ibstock. Leicestershire LE676LN


Black Dyke Band - St Wilfrid's Church, Harrogate

Saturday 1 September • Duchy Rd, Harrogate HG1 2EY


Contest: 166th British Open

Saturday 8 September • Broad Street, Birmingham. B1 2EA


Elland Silver Band

August 17 • Are seeking a Repiano Cornet Player. This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced or talented young player to join one of Yorkshire's progressive championship section bands.


Crewe Brass

August 17 • Crewe Brass seek Eb and Bb bass, Euphonium and Baritone players. We are a friendly 1st Section Band and perform at a variety of events (including contests) under the baton of our MD Matt Pithers. Rehearsals are every Friday at 7.45pm in Shavington, Crewe.


Burnham and Highbridge Brass Band

August 16 • The Burnham and Highbridge Band has the following vacancies: Principal and 2nd Trombone, 2nd Euphonium and, Back Row Cornets.


Mike Sheppard

B.A. (Hons) Music
Composer, conductor, teacher, author