Bands al­ready pre­par­ing for Welsh Open Cham­pi­onships

Glamorgan Gazette - - Brassbandnotes -

THE Welsh Open En­ter­tain­ment Cham­pi­onships take place at Porth­cawl on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 16.

Some 14 bands will be vy­ing for the ti­tle of Welsh Open Cham­pion and City of Cardiff (Mel­in­grif­fith) will be one of the con­tes­tants un­der new con­duc­tor Christo­pher Bond.

The band dates back to the 18th Cen­tury and was very closely as­so­ci­ated with T J Pow­ell, the “Welsh Sousa”.

Pow­ell com­posed some very fine marches, with his fa­vorite march be­ing Castell Coch which he ded­i­cated to the Mel­in­grif­fith Band.

City of Cardiff (Mel­in­grif­fith) rep­re­sented Wales at the Na­tional Brass Band Cham­pi­onships of Great Britain in 2018 and gained third place in the Wy­chavon En­ter­tain­ment Fes­ti­val last Novem­ber.

BTM was formed in 1972 by Cy­nan Jones, a brass teacher from Blaenau Ffes­tin­iog who came to teach in the Caer­philly area.

He named the band BTM af­ter the three lo­cal vil­lages of Bed­was, Trethomas and Machen.

In 1994, BTM were Welsh Cham­pi­ons and rep­re­sented Wales in the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships.

They have rep­re­sented Wales on 10 oc­ca­sions at the Na­tional Brass Band Cham­pi­onships of Great Britain and they reached the Fi­nal of tele­vi­sion’s S4C Band Cymru com­pe­ti­tion in 2018. BTM have the per­son­nel to do well in the Welsh Open.

The other Welsh bands in­volved are Aber­gavenny Bor­ough, Burry Port, Ll­wyd­coed, Pon­tar­du­lais, Tong­wyn­lais and Ty­lorstown and they will be fac­ing six English bands, one of which – Fil­ton Con­cert Brass from Bris­tol – has won the ti­tle twice in the last three years

The oth­ers are A W Parker Dry­brook from For­est of Dean; En­derby from the Mid­lands; Jack­field from Shrop­shire and from the Lon­don and Home Coun­ties re­gion Thun­der­s­ley and Haver­hill Sil­ver.

City of Cardiff (Mel­in­grif­fith) will be com­pet­ing with their new con­duc­tor

Former Welsh Cham­pi­ons (1994) BTM

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