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Sep 28

Composer in Residence

Tongwynlais Temperance Band are delighted to announce that Paul McGhee has just been appointed as the Band’s first Composer-in-Residence.

Paul studied composition at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under Andrew Wilson-Dickson, gaining many prizes and accolades for his brass writing which culminated with his piece, The Ministry of Love, being performed at the 2006 RNCM Festival of Brass. In 2007 he was also one of the prize winners in the 2006/2007 Swiss Brass Band Associations composers’ competition. Whilst studying composition, Paul has become increasingly interested in extended techniques for brass instruments and ways to incorporate them into his music, leading to two pieces being written for Owen Farr using these techniques. His music aims to explore the textural possibilities of the brass family whilst looking for new ways to broaden their capabilities, as well as challenging the listener and performer with new sounds and ideas. Paul is also proud to be a featured artist for Prima Vista Musikk.

Paul commented, “I am really looking forward to working with the Tongwynlais Temperance Band. The progress of the band has been very impressive and the commitment that they want to give to contemporary music is extremely refreshing. I am looking forward over the next months and years to see what new ideas and music we can bring to the brass band repertoire”.

Band Manager Nick Wills said, “we are all very excited with this collaboration, Paul is a very talented composer and we are looking forward to performing his works in the very near future.”.

The Band is looking forward to working closely with Paul on new Concert and Recording projects.