Autumn semester concert with renowned brass soloist
The members of Cardiff University Brass Band have been enjoying their Christmas break after a busy and successful semester.
Back in September, the band welcomed several new members to the ranks and began preparations for an Autumn Semester Concert with Musical Directors, Martin Humphries and Jeremy Meddows-Taylor. In November 2011, the band welcomed Richard Evans to Cardiff for a weekend of rehearsals culminating in a concert at the School of Music. After the success of this event, the band were delighted to welcome another star of the brass band world, David Childs, to the University.
David Childs has emerged as one of the finest brass soloists in the world today. He has appeared as a soloist with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru, DCINY Symphony and BBC Philharmonic; made solo appearances at the BBC Proms, Singapore International Festival, Welsh Proms, Harrogate International Festival, Cheltenham Festival, Melbourne International Festival and New York Festival; performed solo recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and Bridgewater Hall; given Concerto performances at the Concertgebouw, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Symphony Hall, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and London’s Royal Albert Hall; and regularly records as a solo artist for radio, television and commercial disc. David is also a former member of the world famous Cory Band, and today is in great demand as a soloist, conductor and educator, touring regularly throughout Europe, Australia, the Middle East, Asia, and the USA.
Also featuring The Palestrina Signers of Cardiff University, the concert took place on Saturday 1st December. The band’s programme included original works by Philip Sparke and Paul Lovatt-Cooper, as well as a selection of popular music and film scores. Principal Cornet and Band President, Tomos Evans, was the featured soloist of the first half in Webb’s Share My Yoke. The last set of the night saw David swap the baton for his euphonium to join forces with the band’s Solo Euphonium player, Matthew White, in a performance of Peter Graham’s Brillante.
Musical Director, Jeremy Meddows-Taylor, was lucky enough to conduct the band through this performance as well as Dave’s popular encore, Hot Canary. For Jeremy, it was his last concert with the band after two and half years sharing the conducting duties with his good friend Martin Humphries. Jeremy, who has also been a percussionist with the Cory Band for the last three years, is moving back to Cornwall to complete a teaching placement for his Postgraduate Certificate in Education.
Commenting on the concert, he said: “It was a very sad, but special night for me. The players gave their all this term and that resulted in a fantastic concert. To an audience not familiar with brass banding, it was certainly a great advert. David expertly led them through the varied programme, and to see world-class brass musicians such as him and Matthew performing at the University together was wonderful. I’d like to say huge thank you to them both, but especially to Dave for his time and efforts with the band over that week. For everyone there, it was a night that will be remembered for a long time!”
Following on from this, the band also had a successful Christmas period including several caroling engagements. When the players return to rehearsals in the New Year, preparation will begin on their performance for the UniBrass Championships in February.