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NCBF Gold for the Wind Ensemble

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

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 South of England regional Festival on 2 December 2012.

This is the Ensemble’s second gold award, following a gold award in 2011, the Ensemble’s first year entering the contest.  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, said: “It was great to receive high marks from the judges and to get gold awards two years in a row. It’s a credit to all members of the Ensemble.
”Cardiff University was certainly well-represented at the Festival, we needed two coaches just to get us all there after travelling to the festival with the City of Cardiff Concert Band.”
Tristan, who recently completed his MMus at the School of Music, is now stepping down as conductor as he moves to take up a new position at the Leeds College of Music.

The Cardiff University Wind Ensemble was formed in 2009 to offer woodwind, brass and percussion players at Cardiff extra opportunities to perform. Find out more about the Ensemble on Facebook and watch some performances on Youtube.