Fil­ton come out on top at Welsh Open

Cynon Valley - - BRASS BAND NOTES -

ONE of the high­lights of the Welsh brass band­ing scene took place last Satur­day at the Grand Pav­il­ion, Porth­cawl, to a packed au­di­ence who through­out the day were treated to a plethora of en­ter­tain­ing mu­sic.

Un­for­tu­nately, for rea­sons be­yond their con­trol, Aber­gavenny were un­able to at­tend and with­drew at the last minute, which caused some re-or­gan­i­sa­tion prob­lems on the part of Dean Evans, the con­test con­troller.

Eleven bands com­peted and three of the 11 had crossed the bridge with the aim of wrestling the CISWO Chal­lenge Tro­phy away from Porth­cawl and take it back over the bridge to Eng­land.

To be fair to the English bands they came with real in­tent and of the three Fil­ton Con­cert Band from Bris­tol were the win­ners, Wan­tage Sil­ver were third and not far beind them were Jack­field who fin­ished in 5th place.

Like Cae­sar, Fil­ton came, played and con­quered. This is the sec­ond time in three years that Fil­ton have won the cov­eted tro­phy.

Per­haps there is a morsel of com­fort for the Welsh com­pet­ing bands that Tom Da­voren, the con­duc­tor of Fil­ton and Paul Hol­land, con­duc­tor of Wan­tage, are both Welsh!

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Ebbw Val­ley Brass who were the high­est First Sec­tion band and gained £300 and the Ei­fion W Rogers Tro­phy.

Fil­ton Con­cert Band, from Bris­tol, cel­e­brat­ing their Welsh Open win at the Grand Pav­il­ion in Porth­cawl

Ll­wyd­coed 2nd place with tro­phy

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