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Gold at Cheltenham

Cardiff University Wind Ensemble

The Cardiff University Wind Ensemble was awarded Gold at the recent National Concert Band Festival (NCBF) in Cheltenham.


The NCBF is the UK’s largest, most active Festival for wind instrument musicians who play in wind bands or big bands. The Ensemble took part in the West of England and South Wales regional Festival on 27 November 2011.


Cardiff University Wind Ensemble logoThis was the Ensemble’s first appearance at the Festival. Expert adjudicators award Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze awards. They mark participants on a range of criteria, including tone quality, tuning, intonation, balance, dynamic variation and contrast, rhythmic accuracy, and style and interpretation.


Tristan Watson, the Ensemble’s conductor and student at the School of Music, said: “It was great to receive high marks from the judges. It’s a credit to all members of the Ensemble, especially as we’ve only been going for two years and this being our first time entering the Festival.”


The Cardiff University Wind Ensemble was formed in 2009 to offer woodwind, brass and percussion players at Cardiff extra opportunities to perform. It plays regularly at the School and past performances have included music from Milhaud, Holst, Vaughan Williams, Malcolm Arnold, Hesketh, Walton and Bernstein.