Christmas Videos 2020

The ongoing COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic has unfortunately restricted our ability to spread some much needed Christmas cheer in the local community.

Instead of public performances at local supermarkets, pubs, in the community and of course our annual Christmas concert, we are delighted to share a selection of past performances of our favourite Pontardulais Town Band Christmas pieces to put you in the festive mood.

As we countdown to the big day, we will be posting a new piece every day, including something VERY special on the weekend of the 19th/20th.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page, or check this page for updates!

24th December – We Wish You A Merry Christmas

For our final video, a socially distanced offering of the piece we normally finish our carol playing sessions with.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our Christmas videos, we end with a message from the Chair of Pontardulais Town Band:

This year has proved to be a difficult one for us all. We are very grateful to all of you for your support in these very challenging times and value your continued assistance. The committee has been busy in working together and collaborating in keeping our members safe. We are now looking forward to the future in 2021 and would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Sue Aldrich
Chairperson, Pontardulais Town Band

23rd December – The Twelve Days of Christmas

Time for a sing-along! This has become a bit of a tradition at our annual Christmas Concert!

22nd December – (Not So) Silent Night

Now a different take, by Jonathan Mead, on the classic Silent Night, performed by the Senior, Training and Beginner Bands. Definitely another one to watch until the end…

21st December – Mary, Did You Know?

A change of pace today with this piece, arranged by our solo horn player, Tara Smith.

20th December – Santa Claus-Trophobia

Next up is the second of our special videos, recorded especially for this Christmas!

19th December – Jingle Bells

Here is the first of the special videos as promised, recorded especially for this Christmas!

18th December – Winter Wonderland

Another festive favourite today!

17th December – Christmas Overture

How many Christmas songs and carols can you count in today’s offering?

16th December – One Day I’ll Fly Away

Next up is a solo from our soprano cornet player, Kevin ‘Snowman’ Shanklin. Once again, keep watching for the hidden bonus track at the end…

15th December – A Christmas Adventure

Today’s piece feature a solo from our solo horn player, Tara Smith.

14th December – Jingle Bells

Now a joint effort from the Senior, Training and Beginners Bands.

13th December – O Holy Night

Next up, we feature our solo euphonium player, Lyndon Harris. Watch to the end for an extra treat…

12th December – Festive Intrada

Sit back, relax and enjoy our first piece, Festive Intrada – do keep a look out for a very naughty elf…

Remembrance Sunday 2020

Due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic there is no Remembrance Parade in Pontarddulais this year. This video, using footage from previous years’ parades and the 2018 WW1 100 Years Remembrance Concert, as well as contributions from Pontarddulais Male Choir and Pontarddulais Town Band, has been put together as a tribute to the service and sacrifice of our Armed Forces, veterans and their families.

Virtual Annual Concert 2020

The band was sadly unable to hold its Annual Concert at Pontardulais Comprehensive School, scheduled for July 4th, due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

Instead, the band were delighted to share its first ever Virtual Concert, which included some of its highlight performances and outstanding soloists’ contributions from previous Annual Concerts. The virtual compere for the evening was Band President, Garry Owen.

The band hope you enjoy the concert and encourage you to share it with your friends and family to enjoy too.

As mentioned at the end of the video, if you enjoyed the concert and would like to make a donation to the band, please follow this link to the band’s current campaign on GoFundMe.

Programme

Men of HarlechTraditional
1. Ol’ Man RiverOscar Hammerstein and Jerome Kern, arr. Mark Freeh2015
2.Prelude on Two Welsh Hymns Jonathan Mead 2019
3.Stardust
Guest Soloist: Chris Thomas – Trombone
Hoagy Carmichael arr. Bill Geldard2015
4.Green Hornet
Guest Soloist: Tom Hutchinson – Trumpet
Billy May arr. A. Morrison2018
5.Ballade
Guest Soloist: Sheona White – Tenor Horn
J. Golland2019
6.The World’s Greatest Storyteller Philip Harper2017
7.Salsa Tres’ PradoPhilip Harper2017
8.Helter Skelter
Soloist: Sara Llewellyn
W. G. Lemon arr. Ray Woodfield2019
9.Tale of the DragonPaul Lovatt-Cooper2019
Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau

Remembrance Parade

The band was once again proud to lead the Remembrance Sunday Parade in Pontardulais on 10th November 2019. The Senior Band was pleased to be joined on Parade by members of the Training Band, some of whom were taking part in their first Remembrance Parade.

Special thanks to band member Iwan Hill for playing the Last Post at the outdoor Service held at the War Memorial in Pontardulais.

Annual Concert and Training Band Awards 2019

Pontardulais Town Band welcomed tenor horn star Sheona White as guest artist for the Annual Concert on July 6th 2019. Sheona entertained the audience with a selection of classic repertoire, which included ‘Demelza’, ‘Cappricio Brilliante’ and ‘The Piper O’ Dundee’, a piece originally commissioned for Sheona.

The band’s selection of pieces for the evening included the world premiere of a piece written by band member Jonathan Mead, titled ‘Prelude on Two Welsh Hymn Tunes’.

The Training Band also performed a set at the Annual Concert, which this year included a solo by trombone player Evan Kinnear, who chose to play ‘Kid Shifter’.

Following their performance, the Training Band Awards were presented to members by this year’s guest soloist, Sheona White. Congratulations to all the winners, who were as follows:

Best Attender – Eleri Huxtable
Most Improved Player – Dylan Davis (Left)
Player of the Year – Evan Kinnear (Centre)
J. D. W. Maclean Bandsman of the Year – Ffion Llewelyn (Right)

At the Patrons’ reception prior to the concert, Band President and compere for the evening, Garry Owen, was presented with a band blazer and tie by band chairperson, Sue Aldrich.

Garry Owen blazer presentation
Band President Garry Owen presented with his band blazer and tie.

Remembrance Events

Festival of Remembrance 2018 posterA busy Remembrance weekend saw the band perform at a special ‘Festival of Remembrance Concert’ on the Saturday evening, before leading the traditional parade on the Sunday morning.

The concert, commemorating 100 years since the end of World War 1, saw the band give a world premiere performance of a composition written for the band, ‘Bugles Sang’, from the pen of local composer and current composer in residence of the Pontardulais Town Band, Mr. Haldon Evans.

Also performing at the concert were soprano soloist Adele O’Neill, local choirs Côr Glandulais and Lleisiau Lliw, and the prize-winning Pontarddulais Male Choir.

A number of performances were given by local children – choirs from Pontarddulais Primary School and Ysgol Llanedi, a choir and saxophone ensemble from Pontarddulais Comprehensive School and a dramatic presentation by Ysgol Gymraeg Bryniago.

The concert was held at Pontarddulais Comprehensive School and was compèred by Rhodri Lewis.

Llanelli online were present at the concert and have a report, along with photographs, available on their website.

Popular brass band website 4barsrest.com also have a report on their website, specifically about the premiere of ‘Bugles Sang’.

The Lord Mayor’s Summer Honours Ball

The band was delighted to take part in the Lord Mayor of the City & County of Swansea’s Summer Honours Ball, which took place yesterday, the 11th of May,  at the Brangwyn Hall in Swansea. Tasked with opening the evening’s celebrations, the band played a short but lively set which was well received by the guests in attendance. Included on the all-star guest list were local rugby player Alun-Wyn Jones, award winning actor Rhys Ifans and opera star Wynne Evans, who was host for the evening.

 

The Man Engine in Swansea

A combined Junior and Senior band were thrilled to be involved in The Man Engine‘s visit to Swansea on Thursday 12th April. On the final leg of its tour of South Wales, The Man Engine started its journey around ‘Copperopolis’ at the National Waterfront Museum, where before the show, the band entertained the huge crowd with some well known Welsh hymns and songs. During the show, the band teamed up with the local Tenovus Cancer Care ‘Sing with Us’ Choir to wake the 11.2m tall mechanical puppet, with a rendition of the ‘Anthem’ written especially for the occasion by Welsh composer, Helen Woods.

Graig Merthyr Memorial Unveiling

A busy Saturday saw the band put preparations for the WWBBA Burry Port contest on hold, to take part in the unveiling of a permanent memorial, in Pontardulais, to those who lost their lives at the Graig Merthyr Colliery. Amongst the names inscribed on the memorial are some past members of the band, further details of whom can be found on one of the pages in the History section.

Pontardulais & Hendy Carnival 2017

Pontardulais Town Band were once again proud to lead the parade at the Pontardulais & Hendy Carnival, but for the first time from the upper deck of an open top double-decker bus! Normally the band plays traditional marches while leading the parade on foot, but being chauffeured in style allowed the band to play a selection of lively music to entertain the crowds. The band were also pleased to share the bus with local two-time MMA champion Brett Johns.

Huge thanks to the Pontarddulais and Hendy Festival Committee for their organisation of the event and to the Swansea Bus Museum for allowing us to use the bus!