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Apr 11

Sunday success at Stroud

StroudOn Sunday 9th April, Tongwynlais Temperance band took to the stage at the Stroud Subscription Rooms as part of the longstanding brass band concert season. The appearance featured its range of talented soloists and recent Welsh Open winning performance under the direction of its principal guest conductor Michael Fowles.

As part of a carefully crafted programme the band commenced its performance with the march Imperial Echoes as the first half focused its attention on the staples of the brass band repertoire. Programme items, befitting the Victorian neo-classical surroundings, included the overture Le Domino Noir and showcased the brilliant ability of Matt Rowe on euphonium with the Air Varie Napoli and Christopher Bond’s Greek myth inspired Song of the Night Sky from Principal Cornet Harvey Rees.

With the inclusion of Eric Ball’s arrangement of All in the April Evening and Rimmer’s masterful reworking of Liszt’s Les Preludes to conclude, the audience were treated to a Sunday afternoon entree and main course of substantial fayre.

The band returned with a sugar rush second course taking to the stage with Sandy Smith’s arrangement of Los Hermanos de Bop before reprising its American themed entertainment set with the addition of Stardust from Principal Trombone Jo Hirst. Complementing the exquisite  presentation of Moonriver from Emily Evans were contributions from Solo Baritone, Georgina Evans and debuting on Flugel Horn, Charlotte Chambers in Somewhere Out There.

Concluding with Dan Price’s ever-popular American Tale the audience were then treated to the standard concert digestif of Ray Farr’s take on Toccata and Fugue in D minor before emerging into the afternoon spring sunshine from what proved to be a well received afternoon of top brass band music.

Speaking after the event, Barry Scott, the band’s bass trombone player and fundraiser said, “It’s great to be able to take to the stage with so many talented players not just in the soloists but across the stand. The band has plans in place to increase the number of concerts this year and I know we’re all looking forward to the chance to be on stage together during the summer. The band’s participation at the concert series was facilitated by a generous donation from SAFRAN Landing Systems and we are extremely grateful for their support.”