Last Saturday we were proud to host a highly successful Brass Band Workshop day in our hometown of Abergele, with members of the internationally acclaimed tuba/euphonium quartet, Tubalaté.
30 musicians from 6 different local brass bands spent an enjoyable and informative day playing music together under the expert guidance of the tutors: John Powell, Paul Walton, Les Neish, and Jonathan Gawn.
The day culminated with a concert held in St Michael’s Church before a small, but appreciative audience. They were treated, first, to the technical and artistic brilliance of Tubalaté, joined by percussionist, Matty Roberts, in some fairly challenging pieces. The workshop band, playing the pieces that they had studied during the day, gave the second half. Considering that they had never seen most of this music until 10.30 am that morning, theirs was a splendid achievement, especially since it included accompanying a euphonium duet from John and Paul, and a blistering Eb Bass solo “Hora Staccato” from the incomparable Les Neish. This guy has amazing virtuosic dexterity, and his fingers fairly flew over the valves!
All in all this was a fantastic and unforgettable way to spend time with like-minded people, and proved that music is alive and well, certainly in Abergele.