Jun 02

Principal Cornet Vacancy

Situation VacantThe Tongwynlais Band are searching for a Principal Cornet player to join them ahead of their appearance at the National Finals in October and onwards into its next phase of its development. 

The band is seeking a genuine musical leader as well as a strong individual performer to fill the end chair.

As a band we’ve developed the exciting Tongwynlais Music Academy, a growing junior band and have developing links with other musical groups in Cardiff. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a personal commitment to Tongwynlais Temperance Band and its ethos as well as provide support the other principal players and committee in setting the standard expected of a championship section Band.

Applications can be made in confidence to the Chairman via an email to chairman@tongwynlaisband.com

Applicants should be prepared to undertake an individual solo audition as well as a full rehearsal prior to consideration of appointment to this key role.

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.”

May 17

Thanks and farewell

HR ImageFollowing the appearance at the Grand Shield Contest the band bids farewell to in Principal Cornet player Harvey Rees.

Harvey has been a member of the band for many years advancing through the ranks of the cornet section to take his place as the ‘end man’. Whilst seated in the band Harvey has also been a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Wales and depped for a range of top bands in Wales. He has also commenced his graduate studies at Cardiff’s Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Band Chairman Iestyn Davies said, “We are grateful for the role Harvey has played during the time he has been a member of the band. We wish him every success in his next steps and in his player career. We will now commence the task of recruiting a new Principal Cornet player who can lead the section and the band as we make our preparations for a busy summer and of course our appearance at the Royal Albert Hall in October.”

Experienced and ambitious cornet players are invited to contact the chairman with a view to applying for this important role. All applications will be treated in absolute confidence.

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