Welsh Conductor of the Year 2012 - the Eric James Memorial Trophy

Discussion in 'Bandroom News - User Submitted' started by Alyn James, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. Alyn James

    Alyn James Member

    The winner of the Eric James Memorial Trophy for Welsh Conductor of 2012 is Matthew Jenkins of Goodwick Brass Band.

    The idea for the award came from a group of my father’s friends following his death in 1990. My father had expressed the view that, all too often, the hard work of “grass roots” conductors can go largely unrecognised and that an award of some kind might go some way to remedy this. During November each year our group meets to discuss the achievements of Welsh conductors throughout all the sections and choose a recipient for the award.

    Matthew was a member of Cory Band whilst studying at the Welsh College of Music and Drama. Since completing his studies Matthew has shown admirable commitment to his roots, successfully bringing “The Word” home to West Wales and enthusing a new generation of brass players - long may his superb work continue.

    As a group we would like to thank the South East Wales Association for allowing us to make this award at its final contest every year."

    Alyn James

    Past Recipients:

    1992: E.J. CLARK - British Steel (Port Talbot)
    1993: HAYDN EVANS - Pontardulais Town
    1994: BERNARD WILLIAMS - Cwmaman Institute / Blaina
    1995: GERALD ROBERTS - Ammanford Town
    1996: MICHAEL THORNE - Burry Port
    1997: GRAHAM SHEPPARD - Treherbert
    1998: C. BRIAN BUCKLEY - Pontardulais Town
    1999: BRYN DAVIES - Blaenavon Town
    2000: ALAN PHILLIPS - Aberystwyth Youth / Schools
    2001: JIM DAVIES - Ammanford Town
    2002: MIKE FARO - Briton Ferry Silver
    2003: GRAHAM SHEPPARD - Treherbert
    2004: CRAIG ROBERTS - Parc & Dare
    2005: PAUL HOLLAND - Newbridge Celynen
    2006: ALAN DAVIES - Llwydcoed
    2007: PAUL HOLLAND - Newbridge Celynen
    2008: GWYN EVANS - Beaumaris Band
    2009: GARETH RITTER - City of Cardiff Band
    2010: GARY DAVIES - Tylerstown Band
    2011: DEWI GRIFFITHS - Melingriffith 2
    2012: MATTHEW JENKINS - Goodwick Brass Band
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