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In 2010 the band, under MD Ian Porthouse became the first in history to win both the British Open Grand Shield and British Open Championship in the same year. Victory at the Grand Shield came in May at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens with a performance of Edward Gregson’s ‘Rococo Variations’. It was followed in the September at Symphony Hall in Birmingham with victory on Peter Graham’s ‘On the Shoulders of Giants’.
Principal cornet Dewi Griffiths won the ‘Best Instrumentalist’ prize at the Grand Shield, whilst solo trombone Stephen Sykes won the Stanley Wainwright ‘Best Instrumentalist’ award at the British Open. Ian Porthouse was presented with a Harry Mortimer Trophy as the winning conductor, which he was allowed to keep.
The image was taken by photographer Ian Clowes at Birmingham Conservatoire and can be seen in the hallway entrance to the bandroom.
The aim of this Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) supported project is to provide an on-line multi-media resource that will celebrate and interpret the historical importance of the social, cultural and musical achievements of Tredegar Town Band over a time-line of the past 170 years – from the earliest reported origins in 1849 to date.