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Mar 05

Builth Wells St David’s Day Concert

The Band travelled to the heart of Welsh farming country on the 27th Feb to feature in a St David’s Day concert with the Builth Wells Male Voice Choir. Under the Direction of our Professional Conductor Philip Harper, who chose a considerate programme to match the acoustic of the Builth Wells Sports hall, we started our section with J.P. Sousa’s The Thunderer, a rousing and powerful march to which the band played very well. That followed with a down tempo traditional piece from the north east of Water of Tyne, arranged by Philip Harper. A haunting tale of two lovers’s separated by the river; solo’s played by our Principal Euphonium Martyn Patterson and Carl Saunders, our Principal Cornet.

Our featured soloist for the evening was Jeremy Taylor, who played a fast and furious rendition of Taps in Tempo on the Xylophone. With hand’s going two to the dozen this was not only a very accomplished performance, it was also a visual display to the audience of the timing and precision need to master this instrument. We finished our first set with You are the sunshine f my Life, this being a reprise of our performance the week earlier in Porthcawl, played beautifully by the sextet of Flugel’s and Trombones.

After a very short interval our set started with Los Hermanos De Bop, Sandy Smith’s arrangement of the Mark Taylor hit, this really hit the audience with the power of the sound and a great way to start the second half.

All Night Long then followed, again a reprise from the previous week, but nevertheless really well received from the packed hall. This then led to our Finale of American Tale, again this was well played by the band and this left the audience crying for more to which joined forces with the choir to play Gwahaddiod and the Welsh National Anthem.

A really fantastic night, which was equally well received to which we look forward to our return. The band would like to take the opportunity to thank Builth Wells Male Voice Choir, their hospitality throughout the day was so generous, you made the band feel so welcome to which we sincerely thank them.