Young play­ers to shine at Euro­pean fes­ti­val

Cynon Valley - - BRASS BAND NOTES -

THE Euro­pean Brass Band Cham­pi­onships are an in­te­gral part of a Euro­pean Fes­ti­val of Brass cov­er­ing events for soloists, con­duc­tors and var­i­ous stan­dards of brass bands.

The Euro­pean Youth Brass Band is com­posed of the best young play­ers in Europe and has 35 play­ers.

The Youth band give con­certs al­most daily through­out the pe­riod of the fes­ti­val and work very hard. Among these ex­cel­lent play­ers are two from Wales, namely Ca­trin Nicholas on cor­net and Lewis Rees on E-flat tuba.

Utrecht will host 12 of the very best bands in Europe on May 4 and 5.

Each of the fol­low­ing coun­tries will be rep­re­sented by its cham­pion band: Ger­many, Aus­tria, Bel­gium, Den­mark, Nether­lands, Nor­way, France and Switzer­land. From the UK we have the Fairey Band – con­ducted by Garry Cutt from Eng­land; Whit­burn – con­ducted by Welsh­man Pro­fes­sor Nicholas Childs from Scot­land; and Cory, con­ducted by Philip Harper, from Wales.

Nor­way has two rep­re­sen­ta­tives as EikangerBjorsvik Musikklag are back to de­fend their 2017 Euro­pean Cham­pi­ons ti­tle. There is a Euro­pean Youth Brass Band Cham­pi­onship which is di­vided into the De­vel­op­ment Sec­tion of four bands from Lithua­nia, Nor­way and two bands from Eng­land, and the Premier Sec­tion of five bands from Switzer­land, Aus­tria, Den­mark, Eng­land and Beau­maris Youth Brass Band from north Wales con­ducted by Gwyn M Evans. KAYLEIGH Lewis, who is 11 years old and at­tends Ys­gol Gyn­radd Gym­raeg Ynyswen, be­came the proud win­ner of the Tre­orchy Male Voice Choir Ju­nior Mu­si­cian of The Year and she will be the guest soloist with Parc & Dare Band (Left Field En­vi­ron­men­tal Ltd) at the Parc & Dare Theatre on Good Fri­day.

She will play the tenor horn solo Can You Feel The Love Tonight? from The Lion King.

The con­cert starts at 7pm and Tre­orchy Male Voice Choir will also be ap­pear­ing.

Kayleigh Lewis – win­ner of the Tre­orchy Male Voice Choir Ju­nior Mu­si­cian of The Year 2018

Eikanger-Bjorsvik Musikklag – 2017 Euro­pean Cham­pion Band

Lewis Rees, E-flat Bass with Tre­de­gar Band, is a mem­ber of Euro­pean Youth Brass Band

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