Three of the bands talented young players recently enjoyed themselves on the annual National Youth Band of Wales course held in Monmouth.
There was certainly a substantial Tredegar influence on show this year, as Emily Humphries, Lewis Rees and Amy Herman were led by Course Director MD Ian Porthouse, with principal cornet Dewi Griffiths as the featured soloist and solo horn Chris Davies as one of the team of tutors.
Emily was making her fourth appearance and this year was assistant principal cornet, whilst Lewis on his seventh course led the tuba section and Amy, on her second, the percussion team.
“I was very proud all of all three,” Ian said. “They represented the band so well – all showing their qualities and impressing their peers. It’s great to be able to hear them perform so well under the spotlight on some pretty demanding repertoire.”
“I was very proud all of all three.They represented the band so well – all showing their qualities and impressing their peers. It’s great to be able to hear them perform so well under the spotlight on some pretty demanding repertoire - Ian Porthouse
The trio all enjoyed themselves too. “It was another great course,” Emily said, whilst Amy added: “We all had a fantastic time and the music Ian picked stretched us all.” Lewis added: “The end of course concert was great this year and having Dewi as the guest soloist was brilliant. We know just how good he is, but he still surprises us!”
That was something that Ian agreed with. “Dewi is an amazing performer – and to play the Edward Gregson’s ‘Cornet Concerto’ and play it was so much style just showed what a world class performer he is. He really was an inspiration to the players on the course this year.