post War period proved to be an exciting one for both the town of Tredegar and
its band - as shown by this concert programme from February 1948.
The town hosted
a ‘Festival Week of Music’ that included a performance of ‘The Messiah’, as
well as a piano recital by Julius Isserlis, a chamber music concert featuring the
celebrated oboist Leon Goossens and an opening event that saw the combined
forces of Melingriffith Works (Cardiff) and Tredegar Workmen’s Band conducted by
the Welsh composer T. J. Powell.
The star soloist
was a certain Harry Mortimer, who performed the cornet solos ‘Zelda’ and ‘Il
Bacio’ in the first half and ‘Alpine Echoes’ and ‘Trumpet Voluntary’ in the
The concert also
included a massed band performance of Powell’s ‘The Glory of Victory’, written
in 1945 for Tredegar to perform at the town’s VE celebrations.
According to the
programme notes it was written ‘...to portray a people’s determination to overcome
the distrust, unrest and warlike tendencies which beset our world. This noble
determination, coupled with a prayerful appeal to Heaven, leads to a glorious victory
which culminates in the joyful, rollicking finale’.
The work is
being recorded by Tredegar Band for a free Heritage Lottery Fund CD, which will
be available to visitors to the bandroom and other organisations.