Welsh Conductor of the Year, 2015

Discussion in 'Bandroom News - User Submitted' started by Alyn James, Nov 22, 2015.

  1. Alyn James

    Alyn James Member

    Welsh Conductor of the Year 2015 - the Eric James Memorial Trophy

    The winner of the Eric James Memorial Trophy for Welsh Conductor of 2015 is Matthew Jenkins of Goodwick Brass.

    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 has demonstrated wonderful leadership qualities over the past half-dozen years. Two national titles in three years is evidence of this, along with his success in guiding his young band through the disappointment of their 2014 campaign. For them to move on from that and push mighty close for the Welsh League title this year on top of winning the National First Section title has been impressive indeed. And all this whilst dealing with departures for university and bringing through a new generation of young players. 2016 will provide new challenges. We feel confident that under Matthew’s inspirational leadership Goodwick Brass will continue to find its absolute best in meeting these.

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

    Alyn James

    List of 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
    2013: GARY DAVIES – Tylerstown Band
    2014: GARETH RITTER – City of Cardiff Band 2015: MATTHEW JENKINS – Goodwick Brass
  2. midlandman

    midlandman Member

    What a great idea
    Congrats to the winner and keep the award going
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