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National University Brass Band Championships

Arlene Sierra

The Cardiff University Brass Band came fifth this weekend at UniBrass 2012 – the National University Brass Band Championships of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The Band’s 25-minute programme showcased the talents of music students David Langley, Ciara Costello, Rosie de Jong and computer science student Tom Ashworth in a tuba section feature, and included the contest premiere of a composition by Christopher Bond, student at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
UniBrass 2012
The Band is conducted by Martin Humphries and Jeremy Meddows-Taylor, and Holly Clacey is President of the Brass Band Society (and principal cornet).

Members of the 40-strong ensemble built on their success at last year’s Championships, which saw Cardiff coming an excellent third. Following the event, contest adjucator and renowned conductor Richard Evans visited the University to hold workshops and conduct the Band in a public performance.

Returning from the competition at Lancaster University, Martin Humphries said: “We're all exhausted after a brilliant weekend in Lancaster and cannot wait for next year. We couldn't have played any better and fifth place is a great result amongst such fantastic bands. What was particularly good about the whole experience was that the competitive element felt like an afterthought; all the bands were so supportive of each other and it was an amazing atmosphere up there! 

“45 minutes before we were due to take to the stage we realised we were missing our sopraCU Brass Bandno cornet music. We thought it was all over, but with the help of so many people (including one who phoned his had dad and had him drive to his local band room, scan the part and email it to us) we were able to give such a memorable performance. The support from the whole banding community, in person and on line was astounding and we were very humbled by their kind words. We'd particularly like to thank Rhian Davies and the UniBrass committee for going above and beyond to ensure we were able to play. Thank you!”