Summer promenade concerts

The May bank holiday is almost upon us which means Llandudno Town Band will be back on the promenade for our summer concert season.

 

We’ll be on Llandudno bandstand every* Sunday and Monday from now until the August bank holiday. Our intermediate band will also be there on selective Thursdays in June and July.

 

Sunday is an evening of hymn signing, where the band will play a selection of popular hymns for you to join in.

 

Monday is an entertainments programme with a mixture of musical styles.

 

Thursday is also an entertainments programme from our intermediate band (14th & 21st June, 5th & 12th July only).

 

All our concerts start at 7:30 and last for about an hour – deck chairs are provided.

 

Why not come along and spend a relaxing evening with us on Llandudno’s beautiful promenade…

 

You will also have the opportunity to buy a selection of CDs (£5 each) and our book documenting over 100 years of entertainment provided by the band (available at the end of our concerts or ask one of our deck chair attendants).

 

 

* All concerts are weather permitting. First performance Sunday 27th May. Last performance Monday 27th August. The band will not be performing Sunday 1st July, Monday 2nd July and Sunday 29th July due to other engagements.

New Musical Director

Llandudno Town Band are delighted to announce the arrival of Andrew Jones as their new Musical Director.

 

Andrew began his musical education in Flintshire with the Royal Buckley Town Band. His education was supplemented with master classes from the late Alan Stringer (formerly principal trumpet with London Symphony Orchestra and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra) and progressed to become co-principal trumpet with the National Youth Orchestra of Wales and a member of the National Youth Brass of Great Britain.

 

He has performed with many highly respected bands across Wales, the North West, Yorkshire and the Midlands including Northop, Point of Ayr Colliery, Besses o’ th’ Barn, Yorkshire Imperial Metals, Milnrow, Rhos Silver and Rainsford Band predominantly as principal cornet or solo cornet.

 

His conducting career begun with Deeside Silver Band before moving on to Royal Buckley Town Band, Greenalls Band and Rainsford Band : winning contest prizes with each.

 

Andrew spent over 30 years working in the field of music education and holds postgraduate qualifications from the Universities of Cambridge and Surrey. During this time he directed Great Sankey High School Concert Band performing at the annual National and International Concert Band Festivals (achieving Gold and Silver awards respectively).

 

Andrew is proud to have formed two community concert bands. The Argoed Concert Band in 1997 (adopted by Mold Town Council in 1999) and Westbrook Concert Band (now re-badged as the Warrington West Concert Band). These bands are flourishing today serving their respective communities twenty years after their inauguration concert.

 

Now retired, Andrew has lost none of his enthusiasm for music and is relishing the challenge of revitalising Llandudno Town Band and building its long term future. He has already started working in conjunction with the training band to bring through new talent into the senior band.

 

If you are a brass player (or ex-brass player) or percussionist, and feel you would like to join us then please get in touch (even if your instrument is not listed on the vacancies page). You will be made welcome in a forward looking, friendly and fun band.

Fun in Ruthin

On Saturday 20th May 24 members of Training Band spent an enjoyable day in Ruthin playing new music and making new friends. The band joined with Denbighshire Training Band for the Big Brass Day organised by Denbighshire Music Cooperative.

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St David’s Day Concert 2017

The Senior and Training Bands will be appearing at the Trinity Centre, Trinity Avenue, Llandudno on Tuesday 7th March at 6:30pm in a joint St David’s Day Concert. With music from the Harry Potter films, the Beatles and some traditional Welsh music, it promises to be an evening to remember. At only £2 a ticket and children free, put the date in your diary and bring a friend to enjoy an evening with Llandudno Town Band.

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Band on Tour!

The Training Band took part in the fantastic ‘City of the Unexpected’ Roald Dahl centenary celebrations in Cardiff, on Saturday 17th September.

As part of the unexpected activities happening all over the city, the organisers at the Wales Millennium Centre & National Theatre Wales had invited the Training Band to take part in musical entertainment in the St David’s Shopping Centre.

The band played some of their favourite music to crowds of shoppers and tourists visiting the capital. The audience were very appreciative of the band’s efforts even joining in singing and dancing along to the band’s rendition of the YMCA.

The band are now working hard towards the North Wales Brass Band Championships in Ruthin at the end of November.

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Training Band trip to Cardiff!

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We are very proud to announce that on Saturday 17th September the Training Band will be performing in Cardiff!! We will be taking part in the Roald Dahl centenary celebration ‘City of the Unexpected’

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Come and listen to the band at St David’s Shopping Centre 2:30 and 3:30pm!

Awards Night!

The annual band social event was held on Saturday 14th May. A fun afternoon of quizzes and food followed by the Training Band awards. The coveted Jack Greenman trophy, which is awarded annually to the band member who has made the most progress, was won this year by Amie who is a dedicated member of our tenor horn section.

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Other awards were given for exceptional effort, technical improvement and dedication. Here are some members of the band with their certificates and the Mayor and Mayoress of Llandudno.

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Busy Time for Training Band

The Training Band have had a busy time recently, with their very successful St David’s Day concert.

 

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and then onto the Community Stage at the Victorian Extravaganza for a fantastic performance of all the band’s favourite music including Somewhere over the rainbow and YMCA.

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Dydd Gwyl Dewi / St. David’s Day

7pm, Tuesday 1st March at The Trinity Centre, Llandudno

The Training Band are putting on a concert for St. David’s Day. There will be performances by the band of a variety of music including ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ and a tuba solo version of ‘Men of Harlech’.

Invited guests from the Menai Bridge Band, Hannah Retallick and Charlotte Green, will be performing solos on the trombone and flugel horn, whilst ‘The 4Tunes Folk Group’ will entertain with folk songs in Welsh and English.

Proceeds from ticket sales, interval refreshments and a raffle will be shared by the band and the Trinity Centre.

Put the date in your diary and bring your friends and family for what promises to be an excellent showcase of local talent and lots of fun!

Tickets £1, available on the door.

Christmas Cheer!

On Sunday 6th December the senior band joined the training band for St. John’s Church Christmas Carol Service. Everyone enjoyed joining in the congregational carols and listening to the wonderfully talented choir from Ysgol Tudno. The training band entertained the congregation with 2 movements from their competition piece, including ‘Bluebell Wood’ with solo performed by Isobel Hill. Both bands performed ‘Jingle Bells’ together and rounded off the service with ‘we wish you a Merry Christmas’.

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