Power and passion not quite enough as Tredegar come runner-up in their attempt to regain Welsh Regional title
The band’s attempt at winning the Welsh Regional title for a 12th time just came up short in Swansea on the weekend, as they ended runner-up for the second year running to great rivals Cory.
The performance of ‘Odyssey’ by Kevin Norbury certainly made an impression on the judges Steve Sykes and Alan Morrison – but a few too many minor blemishes meant that the title headed back to the Rhondda for another year.
“An incredibly powerful and passionate performance with great direction - but one or two small lapses. I enjoyed it very much”, Steve wrote in his adjudication remarks, whilst Alan added; “Real quality and a fine reading, but just undermined slightly but occasional overblowing and minor tuning moments.”
Although disappointed, there was no cause for complaint, as MD Ian Porthouse said. “Cory produced an outstanding performance and thoroughly deserved their victory. We just made too many little errors and that was enough. We just didn’t quite play to our very best on the day and we knew it.”
However, with the band already pre-qualified for the National Finals alongside Cory (who will represent Wales at the 2019 European Championships), Wales will send four bands to the Royal Albert Hall in October, with Tongwynlais Temperance and City of Cardiff (Mellingriffith) also gaining qualification.
Cory produced an outstanding performance and thoroughly deserved their victory. We just made too many little errors and that was enough. We just didn’t quite play to our very best on the day and we knew it
Test Piece: Odyssey (Kevin Norbury)
Adjudicators: Alan Morrison and Steve Sykes
1. Cory (Philip Harper)***
2. Tredegar (Ian Porthouse)**
3. Tongwynlais Temperance (Andreas Kratz)*
4. City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) M1 (Garry Cutt)*
5. Northop Silver (John Doyle)
6. Goodwick (Matthew Jenkins)
7. Llwydcoed (Christopher Turner)
8. Parc & Dare (Leftfield Environmental Ltd.) (Jonathan Pippen)
***Cory will represent Wales at the 2019 European Championship and were pre-qualified for the National Final
**Tredegar pre-qualified for National Final
*Qualified for National Final
Best Instrumentalist: Tom Hutchinson (cornet) Cory
Best Basses: Cory