Mayors Charity Concert
The Band was proud to support the Mayor of Abergavenny's charity appeal with an outstanding performance at the fundraising concert held in the Borough Theatre on 6th February. Raising funds for Velindre Hospital and the Wales Air Ambulance, councillor Maureen Powell brought together the choir from Llanfoist Fawr Junior School, soloists from King henry VII school and the band to delight a near capacity audience.
Under the direction of Musical Director Alun F Williams, the band opened its account with the exciting "Fanfare and Flourishes" before a traditional overture, "The Impresario" and the evocative "In Perfect Peace". An outstanding performance of "Misty" from Flugel Horn soloist, Zoe Alexander was the highlight of the first half and the band took the concert into the interval with Tchaikovsky's "Excerpts from the Little Russian". Welsh music started the second half with the march "Castell Coch", "All Through the Night" and "Sosban Fach". and the band finished the concert with "Pure Imagination" and "Born Free". For an encore the audience clapped along to the "Floral Dance", our tribute to the late Sir Terry Wogan.
Llanfoist Fawr school choir thrilled the audience with renditions of "When It’s a Sunny Day", "Wade in the Water" and "Thank you For the Music". Their final spot included pieces from Aladin before a superb rendition of "Consider Yourself" from the musical Oliver. King Henry VIII School soloists Amelia Francis and Ben Baker gave excellent performances of selected songs from the shows.
MD, Alun F Williams thanked all band members and soloists for another excellent performance on the concert stage and congratulated the Llanfoist Fawr School Choir, King Henry VIII School soloists Amelia Francis, Ben Baker and accompanist Jennifer Rhys-Davies, and compere Lana Tingay for their superb contribution to the evenings programme.
The Band now looks forward to preparing for the Welsh Area Regional Contest in Swansea in March and a concert with the St Mary's Priory Church Choir at St Mary's Priory Church, Abergavenny on Saturday 23rd April.
7th February 2016
First Competition of the year
The Band is delighted to be participating in the successful Band Cymru competition organised by S4C. This is an exciting and thrilling competition for brass, wind and jazz bands and is a unique opportunity for television audiences to enjoy the very best in Welsh bands.
Participating bands have to perform an entertaining programme to the highest standard of presentation. The competition is organised by Rondo and the semi-final rounds and the final will be broadcast on S4C.
Our first audition will be in Cardiff on 10th January and if successful we will join 11 bands from across Wales to appear at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre in April.
The final will be held at the Parc & Dare Theatre, Treorci on Sunday May 22nd 2016 and the overall winner will receive a prize of
The band has been rehearsing hard for the contest over the Christmas period under the direction of MD, Alun F Williams. Alun has been delighted with the way the band has responded to the challenge and has raised its performance. He says “everyone has shown great commitment and we are all looking forward to the experience”
10th January 2016
Thanks to Abergavenny people
The Band would like to thank the townsfolk of Abergavenny for their tremendous support over the Christmas period. A very successful Christmas concert was reinforced by the generosity of peoples donations to the band when we played carols in the town centre and at Waitrose Supermarket.
Overall, 2015 has been a year of change for the band and we are now set up ready for the year ahead which promises to be very busy and exciting. We all look forward to the new challenges the band faces with renewed dedication. Our new Musical Director, Alun F Williams, and Youth Band MD, lana Tingay, have both worked hard to prepare the band for the future and there is still much to be achieved.
As we hang up the Christmas hats until next years concert, the Band wishes all its supporters and friends a very happy new year.
30th December 2015