Tredegar win Welsh Open title
21 February 2012
Tredegar started their 2012 contesting season off with a real stamp of authority at a windswept Porthcawl on Saturday, by retaining their Welsh Open title – and in the process claiming the magnificent CISWO Challenge Cup and £1,000 first prize for a record tenth time.
Conducted by Ian Porthouse, the band also made it a hat trick of wins with a commanding performance, described by adjudicator John Berryman as being ‘of the very highest class’.
There was double celebration for the band too, as principal euphonium player Byron ‘Buzz’ Newton won the prestigious Secretary’s Rose Bowl Trophy for ‘Best Soloist’ for his stunning playing, without music, on Philip Wilby’s ‘Euphonium Concerto’ – complete with Greek plate smashing finale.
Tredegar’s winning programme owed much to their prize winning Brass in Concert appearance last November. The opening cornet feature ‘There is a Great Day Coming’ segued into the fleet footed ‘Matra’s Dance’, before 'Buzz' delivered his cracking rendition of the last two movements of the Wilby’s ‘Concerto’.
A suave contrast came with Pat Metheny’s ‘Letter from Home’ before the Masters champion rounded off their set with Matt Hall’s award winning ‘Nightingale Dances’.
MD Ian Porthouse said, “We wanted to start the season where we finished last year – playing with confidence and quality. We put in five consecutive rehearsals for this and it paid off. It’s an important year for the band and we want to carry on building and improving.” He added “Buzz was outstanding today. His work ethic is second to none and he has become a very impressive performer, whilst our new signings, especially Rhys Barrett on soprano really stepped up to the mark too."
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