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May 18

Grand Finale to contest season

opera-house-1200x525The band’s appearance this weekend at the British open Spring Festival marked the end of the first half of the contesting season. A busy five months saw the band compete at the Band Cymru contest for Welsh medium broadcaster S4C, the Welsh Area and Grand Shield. The band successfully maintained its Grand Shield status, was victorious in its Semi Final heat of Band Cymru and once again will represent Wales at the Royal Albert Hall thanks to its podium finish at the Area.

Band trustee and Percussion section leader Jason Bevan commented, “We are pleased with our performances so far this year and have much to celebrate but lots of hard work still to do.”

The band commenced the year under the direction of Matt Rowe as part of its policy of encouraging and supporting the development of new talent. At the same time changes within the band saw Chelsea James step up to Solo Horn and welcomed new players and some returners to its ranks.

Jason added, “Its been, yet again, a period of change for the band. We’re very much used to this in Ton and we see it as a real opportunity to provide new as well as established players with an opportunity to take on new challenges.”

As well as welcoming new players the band has also welcomed a new conductor. Andreas Kratz, an experienced conductor and orchestral performer from Sweden has led the band at the two prime stage contests in Swansea and Blackpool.

Jason concluded, “As a trustee of the band, my job is to take the long term view and welcoming new players and encouraging our established players is part of that process.”