Gwaun Cae Gurwen Brass Band 22/07/2017

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July 29, 2017
We were delighted to be asked to help the band celebrate their 125th Anniversary in Cwmtawe Community School, Pontardawe. With our MD D. Huw Rees and Accompanist Hywel Evans we included nine items from our repertoire, with bass Huw Roberts singing the solo parts in Anfonaf Angel.
After a short rehearsal we combined with the band in Irving Berlin’s Alexander’s Ragtime Band, and judging by the audience’s reaction it was a great success. With two MDs each conducting their own performers, it went extremely well.
The band was conducted by Jeff Hutcherson, with several excellent solo performances on many instruments as they played a wide range of band standards and a few surprises, such as Elton John’s Your Song. In a moving tribute to their late member Philip Loveday they played Abide With Me combined with The Last Post. As they played, our own late chorister Percy Morgan was in our thoughts.
Conducted by Dafydd Lewis, the Junior Band showed much talent as they played their four pieces. Dafydd had thrilled us with his own performance of Grandfather’s Clock.
We thank the band for the opportunity to help celebrate such an auspicious occasion, and we hope to be able to join them again one day.

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