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Mar 05

Welsh Open 2010

Tongwynlais Temperance Band competed in the annual Welsh Open Contest on the 20th Feb. Against a field of 13 bands we acheived third place behind Tredegar and BTM. The band opened the programme with Lionheart written by our Professional Conductor Philip Harper who also lead us on the day. This was a robust and dynamic opener which really captured the capacity audience at the Grand Pavilion in Porthcawl. The next item was Faith, a Flugel Horn Solo played fantastically well by David James which really showed the virtuosity of David and why he is regarded as one of the best Flugel players in Wales.

A Flugel Horn and Trombone feature then followed in the shape of You are the Sunshine of my life, a beautifully haunting arrangement of Stevie Wonders hit record arranged by Goff Richards. This piece require our Principal and Assistant Principal Cornet players Carl Saunders and Gareth Hann to grab there Flugel horns and join David along with our Trombone section of Robin Hackett, Steve Kane and Jeremy Evans.

All Night Long was the band next piece, a great arrangement of Lionel Richie’s 80’s classic by Leigh Baker. Being our penultimate item it is a very upbeat piece requiring our Solo Cornet line to play Trumpets instead of the usual instruments giving the piece a real edge that was appreciated by all.

The bands finale was Dan Price’s An American Tale, a really barnstorming finisher with narration by compare, David Hayward. This piece takes through a journey of the American Civil War, featuring many Yankee tunes culminating with a rousing Amazing Grace.

A very enjoyable day was had by all at one of the principalities best run contest’s, we very much look forward to next year.

David Read comments courtesy of 4BARSREST

Third placed Tongwynlais Temperance also produced a polished programme to gain the final podium finish and win £300. “Theirs was another performance that had some fine playing and some clever arrangements,” David said.

It was these three performances that stood out on the day, although he felt there was much to enjoy from each of the remaining bands.

David added: “The top three were a step ahead of the rest, but I enjoyed a great deal of what each of the bands played. The one point margin between the bands outside the top three reflected how close they were. My only criticism was with tuning at times and some of the trombone playing seemed out of balance – but I felt that could have been the acoustic of the hall.”