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Feb 19

Ton on top form takes Open title

Miners TrophyThe Welsh Contest season kicked of with Tongwynlais Temperance taking top spot at the Welsh Open Entertainment Contest on Saturday 19 February. The band drawn last in a field of 11 competitors showcased its talents and featured our outstanding soloists in an American themed programme led  by its Musical Director Christopher Bond.

Beginning with the MD’s new arrangement of the Disney movie melody Somewhere Out There solo Baritone Georgina Evans  commenced the programme that led the audience on a musical journey celebrating the triumph of the American spirit of freedom and diversity. Via a sparkling reference to Latin American inspired culture courtesy of Bernstein’s America from Westside Story and culminating in the Dan Price account of the victory of freedom and emancipation in an American Tale, the band produced a performance described by adjudicator Melvyn White, simply as “a very, very good performance with big sounds and quality contributions from across the band.”

The programme saw our Principal Horn Emily Evans  pick up the best soloist award for a her presentation of Christopher Bond’s new arrangement of Moon River. The arrangement dedicated to Emily by Chris allowed the sheer quality of sound produced by the rising star to be appreciated fully by the adjudicator and audience alike. The popular Neal Hefti jazz classic Cute with Sam Jowett on rhythm and Robbie Wills on vibes enhanced the section’s performance in support of the band to win the Best Percussion award.

With stand out as well as stand up performances from Ffion Haf Williams on Flugel and Principal Cornet Harvey Rees and Euphonium Matt Rowe throughout the set, the band produced a programme that the adjudicator  singled out as the “one consistent performance from start to finish.” The final result putting Ton ahead by a clear winning margin of West Country rivals Filton as the Area contest approaches next month.

Band Chairman Iestyn Davies commented, “I’m delighted with our performance and work ethic at the start of a busy year. Soloists and ensemble excelled on stage and as ever we benefited from some great arrangements by MD Christopher Bond. In what turned out to be a sunny Porthcawl especially for Tongwynlais we now progress along the coast to Swansea and the Brangwyn Hall next month with an spring in our step that only a solid victory can give.”