Brass band to play festive concert

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An award-winning brass band will spread festive cheer at a Christmas concert.

Tredegar Town Band will take to the stage at Morley Town Hall on Saturday at 7.30pm.

Led by musical director Ian Porthouse, the Welsh outfit will play Wainwright’s Christmas Fantasia.

The show will also include festive favourites such as Smith’s lively Santaclaustraphobia, Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh-ride, Johnson’s 100 Per Cent Christmas and Holst’s In the Bleak Midwinter, featuring a tenor horn solo by Hannah Drage.

The band, which have twice been crowned British Open title winners, will also perform Wainwright’s Christmas Processional, Anker’s Lonely Boy and Turrin’s Hymn for Diana and Bates’ Swiss Nocturne, during which Jack Lapthorne will play a baritone solo.

The band hails from the South Wales industrial town it is named after, achieving popularity and success over 40 years.

Among the band’s accomplishments are numerous Welsh Regional Championships, the British Open title in 2010 and 2013, and being named online brass website 4BarsRest’s Band of the Year in 2010.

The band provided a major part of the musical score and made a cameo appearance in – alongside stars Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton – the Bafta-winning 2014 film Pride.

Tredegar have recently recorded with renowned folk group 3 Bucket Jones and has worked with film producers for a forthcoming animated release about the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin.

Ian, who was leader of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and went on to become pricipal cornet player for Black Dyke Band, accepted the position as musical director of Tredegar Band in 2008 and in 2010 was voted Conductor of the Year on the 4BarsRest webiste.

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