Sep 24

Girl Power!

Girl PowerIt is with much excitement that Tongwynlais Temperance Band announces the signing of three talented ladies with immediate effect.

Joining on 1st Horn, Chelsea James joins the band from Northamptonshire where she recently departed previous band, Daventry Brass Band, to commence her studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. Joining Chelsea at the college is Bethany Lee, previously of St Keverne Band in Cornwall, who will also make the move to Cardiff this week. Bethany fills the band’s 2nd Trombone vacancy, and both players have already made a big impact, travelling from Northamptonshire and Cornwall respectively to make rehearsals ahead of the National Finals next month.

In addition to Chelsea and Bethany, the band are pleased to welcome Ffion Haf Williams to the band on flugel, having previously played for the successful Goodwick Band in West Wales.

Resident Conductor, Christopher Bond, commented: ‘The end of the summer season saw the band lose two talented players in 1st Horn player Reverb Chu, who has moved to the USA to pursue a career in computing, and flugelhorn player Rhian Hills who stepped down from the band with increased family commitments. I am delighted we have been able to fill both positions so swiftly ahead of the band’s appearance at the National Finals, and with the addition of Bethany filling our 2nd Trombone vacancy, I couldn’t be happier to work with such talented players.’

The band would like to extend its thanks to Rhian Hills and Reverb Chu for their recent commitment to the band, and wish them every success in their future endeavours.

Not to be left out when it comes to gender balance, the band has also signed the experienced front bench cornet players Jonathan Mead and Steve Ruck ahead of the band’s National Finals performance in two weeks time. Joining them will be Andy Wareham a Masters student at the Royal Welsh College and Joe Rumming who will join the expanded percussion section to take on the challenge of Simon Dobson’s Journey of the Lone Wolf. 

Completing the player line up for the pre Nationals run out at the West Wales Brass Band Association contest next week as well as the ALbert Hall competition will see the  welcome return to the band on Solo Trombone of Jo Hirst.

Band Chairman Iestyn Davies summed up the moves saying, “We’ve tried in the last year or so to get the right balance of youth and experience to build a sustainable band that can continue to challenge amongst the top flight bands of the UK. It’s clear we’re also doing pretty well when it comes to gender balance too!”