Filton come out on top at Welsh Open
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