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Tredegar Band Heritage

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National Finals - 1993

In 1993 Tredegar came runner-up at the National Championship of Great Britain held at the Royal Albert Hall in London, under the direction of professional conductor John Hudson.

It was at the time the finest result in the band's history (they subsequently came runner-up again in 2003 and 2013).

The test-piece was 'The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea' written by Derek Bourgeois, with Tredegar pitted against 20 bands from across the UK, including defending champion, Grimethorpe Colliery Band.

The first three bands in the prizes all drew to play after each other. 

First, the Sun Life Band set the marker off the number 7 draw, gaining 91 points from the judges, Geoffrey Brand, William Renton and the composer himself. 

Tredegar followed immediately after to gain 93 points, with the Williams Fairey Band after that with 96 points. Grimethorpe Colliery Band could only manage fourth place, ahead of BNFL Band and CWS Glasgow.

This image was taken by photographer Philip Chisholm during Tredegar's performance and given to them following the announcement of the results.

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.

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