Each month or so, we feature a member of the band on the website front page. This is the archive of previous features.
October 2014, Chris Bond, Conductor
Christopher (born Cornwall 1992) was recently described by Eminence Brass as ‘one of his generation’s most exciting compositional voices for brass’ with his success in brass writing being accomplished by working with the top musicians in the country, with commissions including Owen Farr, Brett Baker, Tom Hutchinson, Zoe Hancock, Stephen Sykes, Euphony Euphonium Quartet and Eminence Brass Quartet as well as performances by the Fine Arts Brass Ensemble, Welsh Sinfonia, Black Dyke & Cory Bands.
A graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, his work has been performed extensively throughout the United Kingdom and abroad, including at Wales Millennium Centre, Durham International Festival of Brass, RNCM Festival of Brass, Regent Hall London, and at a lunchtime recital at the BBC Welsh Proms at St David’s Hall, Cardiff. In June 2012, Christopher’s award-winning Euphonium Quartet Equinox graced the main stage of the Bruknerhaus Concert Hall, Linz, Austria as part of a gala concert to conclude the 2012 International Tuba Euphonium Conference. In the same year, The Royal Diamond Jubilee Fanfare was commissioned by the Greater Gwent Music Support Service and was performed in the presence of HM Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh as part of the Diamond Jubilee Tour.
Recent compositional projects have included the soundtrack for ‘Magic in the Skies’; the summer season of firework displays at iconic British location, Land’s End in Cornwall, for which Christopher worked with actress Miriam Margolyes to record the voice-over before conducting the orchestra in the recording of the music.
As well as his work with Severn Tunnel, Christopher co-owns Create!, a music education company, as well as holding down his role as music teacher at Forte School of Music in Cardiff. He further divides his time between his roles of Musical Director with iShine Performing Arts and Resident Conductor with Tongwynlais Temperance Band. He owns his own publishing company which sees the publication of his most popular works for brass at www.christopherbondmusic.co.uk .
September 2014, Ken Monelle, Bass (obituary)
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ken Monelle on the 19th August.
Ken joined the band in 1954, playing Baritone for many years before changing to Eb Bass. In recent years he returned back onto Baritone where he was a regular player at the training band practice, offering help and encouragement to the junior members.
Ken had given over 50 years’ service as a player, friend and committee member. He received life membership from both the Band and the South East Wales Brass Band Association as recognition of his continuous dedication and support to brass banding for over half a decade.
Our thoughts and deepest sympathy go to his son Tim, his brother Chris, and their families.