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In 2014 Tredegar performed a significant proportion of the soundtrack to the multi-award winning film 'Pride'. They also made a number of cameo appearances.
The band was initially approached by the film’s composer Christopher Nightingale on the eve of their British Open victory at Symphony Hall in Birmingham in 2013. He was so taken aback at the ensemble sound that he later said that he had found ‘just what I was looking for’.
Following long filming days in London and the small Swansea Valley village of Banwen (where the image was taken), the band recorded the soundtrack score at the famous Air Studios in Hampstead under MD Ian Porthouse.
Although the band played in their own stage uniforms for
the film, the players themselves had to endure considerable make-up changes - including sporting haircuts from 1984, period glasses and with a number
also having to grow moustaches or have false ones stuck on!
The film recalls the true story of a group of lesbian and gay activists who raised thousands of pounds to help Welsh mining families in the Dulais Valley during the year-long Miners’ Strike of 1984/85.
Launched at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, it gained a standing ovation and won the ‘Queer Palm’ award, meeting with widespread critical acclaim.
‘Pride’ was nominated for a 2015 Golden Globe Award as ‘Best Motion Picture’, and won a BAFTA for ‘Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer’. It also won British Independent Film Awards for actors Imelda Staunton and Andrew Scott, as well as the accolade as ‘Best British Independent Film’ and the London Critics ‘Film of the Year’.
Other accolades came at the 2015 CinEuphoria ‘Top Ten of the Year - Audience Award’, Ghent International Film Festival, and from the Gay & Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, whilst further nominations came at the GLAAD Media Awards, Gaudi Awards, David di Donatello Awards, Chlotrudis Awards and the Casting Society of America Awards.
The band went on to perform at the film's premiere in London, whilst the film itself has since grossed nearly $17 million dollars at the box office.
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.