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Nov 13

Remembrance

At the annual service or remembrance in Whitchurch, the Tongwynlais Band were proud to honour the memory of all those who have served, suffered and made the ultimate sacrifice due to war and conflict. The band marched with representatives of the armed services and civilian organisations through the streets of north Cardiff and played at the local cenotaph as the streets fell silent to the sound of the last post played by Principal Cornet, Harvey Rees.

Following the ceremony the band then marched to St Mary’s church to provide music for the service which reminded the congregation of the need for remembrance, repentance and renewal. Music of remembrance featured the hymns Deep Harmony, Aberystwyth and the arrangement of Nimrod from Elgar’s Enigma Variations, which is synonymous with the day of commemoration.

Band Chairman Iestyn Davies commented, ‘We’re a busy band but playing music in our local community is at the heart of what we do. In so many ways days like today are what it means to be a brass band.”

The band’s role at the heart of its community came after a busy weekend of rehearsal with guest conductor Mike Fowles as it makes its preparations for the final contest of the year and a concert in Lydney Gloucestershire with the talented Camborne Youth Band. Iestyn concluded, “It’s always a thrill to be involved with the band in projects that introduce banding to a new audience and showcase young talent. As well as the members of Camborne Youth we’re looking forward to hearing the kids of┬áSt John’s-on-the-Hill Junior Choir as they perform at the concert.”