Brass and broth­erly love

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

TAL­ENTED young mu­si­cians will take cen­tre stage at the open­ing con­cert of a top mu­sic fes­ti­val.

The Na­tional Youth Brass Band of Wales (NYBBW) will per­form at the North Wales In­ter­na­tional Mu­sic Fes­ti­val at St As­aph Cathe­dral on Satur­day, September 16, un­der the ba­ton of con­duc­tor Ian Port­house.

The fes­ti­val, which con­tin­ues un­til Satur­day, September 30, has es­tab­lished it­self as one of the highlights of the cul­tural cal­en­dar in the UK.

It is sup­ported by the Arts Coun­cil of Wales, Tŷ Cerdd and the Col­win­ston Char­i­ta­ble Trust.

Among the other stars of the fes­ti­val will be singers from Welsh Na­tional Opera with the fes­ti­val com­mu­nity chorus, flam­boy­ant Ital­ian pi­anist Federico Colli, vo­cal group VOCES8, baroque in­stru­men­tal­ists Red Priest, com­poser Ro­bat Ar­wyn, tenor Rhys Meirion, orches­tra in res­i­dence NEW Sin­fo­nia, En­sem­ble Cymru, vi­o­lin­ist Ye-Eun Choi and the Aquarelle Gui­tar Quar­tet.

Caernar­fon eu­pho­nium player Glyn Porter, 12, will join his elder brother Wil­liam, 18, who plays the tuba, as a mem­ber of the NYBBW for the con­cert at St As­aph.

Their proud mum, Carys, says it’s Wil­liam’s third year as a mem­ber of the NYBBW while it’s Glyn’s first.

She said: “Glyn went for the au­di­tions in Novem­ber last year and was quite ner­vous. We were de­lighted when they were both se­lected for the week’s Mon­mouth course and the con­cert at Porth­cawl was amaz­ing.

“It was quite dif­fi­cult as Wil­liam had an in­ter­view with the army dur­ing the course so I had to take him out and across the coun­try. He has been ac­cepted and will start as a bands­man in Oc­to­ber, which is amaz­ing for him.

“It’s a ma­jor achieve­ment for Glyn to get in the NYBBW. You have to be a min­i­mum of 12 and the standard of young peo­ple who ap­plied was ex­cep­tional. It’s a huge boost for his con­fi­dence.”

She added: “It’s just amaz­ing the standard these young mu­si­cians pro­duce and I’d rec­om­mend get­ting a ticket and go­ing along for a won­der­ful evening of mu­sic.”

● Glyn Porter and his brother Wil­liam, 18 will play with The Na­tional Youth Brass Band of Wales

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