Tredegar Band and Choirs with Steve Pritchard-Jones

Discussion in 'Bandroom News - User Submitted' started by David Francis, Apr 29, 2006.

  1. David Francis

    David Francis Member

    Tredegar Town Band in association with the Blaenau Gwent male voice choirs of Abertillery, Beaufort,Cwm and Ebbw Vale put on an excellent concert at the Ebbw Vale Leisure Centr last Night. Conducted by Steve Pritchard-Jones the band and choirs were given a standing ovation by a most appreciative audience. the choirs enjoyed themselves with a traditional programme of items like Gwahoddiad, Rhythm of Life, Soldiers Chorus from Faust, LLanfair, Speed Your Journey, Bring Him Home. Most of the items were accompanied by the band, who were in splendid form. One of the highlights was old faithful 'Finlandia', a rousing end for the first half of the concert by band and choir.
    Steve Pritchard-Jones held the whole thing together brilliantly and the highlight of the whole concert was the virtuosi playing of Trombonist Jonathan Pippen, who wowed the audience with his masterful performance of 'The Blue Bells of Scotland'
    The evening was tinged with sadness as The Tredegar Band paid their tribute to Peter Law, 'a true man of Blaenau Gwent', M.P and A.M, who had tragically passed away a few days previously. and who had been a strong supporter of the band. The Band dedicated their playing of 'Little Prayer' (Evelyn Glennie arranged by Dr.R.Childs). to his memory, and a more fitting piece of music, so delicately played, would have been hard to find.
    Cwm Rhondda, Bring Him Home, Myfanwy, Comrade in Arms and Morte Criste along with band items of Ruby Tuesday and Men of Harlech brought the concert to a close.
    Steve Pritchard-Jones was delighted with the response of band and choirs to his direction and he reminded the audience that the performers of the evening concert would again join forces in October at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, and their number would be enhanced by the four choirs of Canoldir, Gentlemen songsters, Kidderminster and Warley plus the Band of the West Mercia Constabulary and about 50 other brass players from the bands of the WMBBA.
    Dai. Francis
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