Those of you that attended our concert at Woodgreen Cricket Club last night will know that after 25+ years, Sue Bennett is taking a well earned retirement from playing 3rd cornet.
Sue has been a staunch supporter of the band over the years, wearing many different hats, to enable our organisation to run smoothly.
As well as spending many years as secretary of the main band, she has also been a training band tutor, secretary & administrator and all round good egg!
Sue, we can’t thank you enough for your unwavering support, your contribution to the band over the years has been incredible – we hope that being awarded a Life Membership will in some way show you just how much we appreciate all that you have done.
Sue will continue to support the training band in the interim and for that we’re very grateful!
THANK YOU SUE
Thankyou Woodgreen Cricket Club for hosting our first gig in almost 18 months, it was fantastic to be back!
Following on from our recent appointment of Andy Wareham as our Resident Music Director, we are delighted to announce the additional appointment of Nigel Seaman ARMCM ARNCM as our Professional Musical Director. Nigel and Andy will be working together helping us make the best music we can make.
Nigel Seaman is a busy freelance conductor, teacher, brass band trainer and adjudicator currently working with a number of bands in Wales and beyond. In 2015 he joined the creative team of Cory Band, the world’s top-ranked band, as their Musical Consultant, working closely with the band’s Musical Director, Philip Harper.
He has been tutor of tuba and brass studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama since 1977 and is in much demand as a conductor, teacher, mentor, adjudicator and brass band trainer.
Born in Denbigh, North Wales, Nigel studied at the Royal Manchester and Royal Northern Colleges of Music. On graduating he moved to South Wales in 1975 to join the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera as Principal Tuba. Two years later he moved to the principal chair of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, a post he held for 33 years until his retirement in 2010.
Over the years, Nigel has held a number of appointments with all the top Welsh bands including Cory, Tredegar Town, Parc & Dare, Lewis Merthyr, Llwydcoed, Markham, BTM and Burry Port Town Band.
Nigel is also in much demand as a freelance conductor and adjudicator, frequently working with bands in Wales, whilst visits further afield have included, Wellington Brass (New Zealand), Soli Brass (Netherlands), Kortrijk (Belgium),Brighouse & Rastrick, Faireys, Desford and Staffordshire bands.
He is currently Professional Musical Director of the Jaguar Land Rover and Hyde bands.
Nigel’s connection to the Antipodes began in 2017 when he was engaged as the chief adjudicator of both the Australian and New Zealand Championships. He returned on two occasions in 2018 to direct Wellington Band’s winning performances in Melbourne and Blenheim to become Australasian Champions of that year.
For 10 years Nigel presented the popular ‘Sounding Brass’ programme on BBC Radio Wales and during his professional playing, conducting and adjudicating career has travelled extensively in the UK, and undertaken many overseas tours throughout Europe, USA, Canada, Japan, the Middle East and Far East, New Zealand and Australia, and during the past 40 plus years has directed over 400 contest performances and many more concert appearances with over 45 different bands.
In 2011 the prestigious Welsh Music Guild presented Nigel with the John Edwards Memorial Award, given in recognition of outstanding achievements in the field of Welsh music. This reflected Nigel’s long career in the BBC NOW and his many years of music-making in Wales. He is also a Silver Award recipient and Life Member and Executive Member of the South East Wales Brass Band Association.
One of their projects uses music, and the band, to attract children who live on the streets. They are then offered counselling and the organisation tries to trace their parents and hopefully reunite them – with the best outcome being the children return home. The children who are not able to be reuntited then stay at the foundation.
Obviously as an organisation they are always looking for financial support and whislt we are a registered charity ourselves; we do hope that we can help to raise awareness of their plight and would be happy to accept donations on their behalf. Hopefully the first thing we will be able to send to them to cement our relationship is some simple arrangements for younger players.
Come and see us in concert at Hockeys Farm Shop, South Gorley this coming Sunday. It’s free!
Hyde Band are delighted to announce the appointment of Andy Wareham as Resident Musical Director. Andy brings with him a wealth of experience as a performer, composer and conductor.
An experienced jazz trumpet player and brass band cornetist, Andy has performed in a number of high profile locations. These include the Montreux Jazz Festival, The Concorde Club Southampton, Wales Principality Stadium, Wales Millennium Centre, Symphony Hall Birmingham, Barbican Centre, Branwyn Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. He has received a number of awards for his performance, including a special honour from Wynton Marsalis following a performance at the Barbican Centre in London during the ‘Essentially Ellington’ competition, hosted by Jazz at Lincoln Center (USA).
Andy is also a published composer with a range of publishing houses and has had his music featured on BBC television and radio. He has won a number of awards for his music including the MFY ‘Vivendi Composition Award’, ‘Best Student Composition’ at the 2016 University Brass Band Championships of Great Britain, The Cory Band Composition Competition 2017 and A4 Brass Quartet’s Composition Competition 2019. Andy currently holds the position of ‘Young Composer in Residence’ with the world famous Black Dyke Band and is being mentored by Black Dyke’s Composer in Residence, Professor Philip Wilby.
As a conductor, Andy has previously held positions as both a Musical Director and a Conductor with a range of ensembles throughout South Wales and the South of England. After graduating from Cardiff University as a Bachelor of Music (Hons), Andy went on to study as a Master of Music (Hons) at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He was accepted as RWCMD’s first Brass Band Conducting student and studied under the guidance of euphonium virtuoso and conductor Dr Robert Childs. Following two years of conducting the RWCMD Brass Band he graduated in July 2018 and directed the band one final time at his own graduation ceremony.
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