Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra

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Second clarinet Matthew Hall wins best composition award

Our second clarinet player Matthew Hall recently won the 'Best New Composition or Arrangement' award at one of the most prestigious Brass Band contests in the world. The Brass in Concert contest took place at The Sage in Gateshead on Sunday 21st November 2010 where Tredegar Town Band performed the world premiere of his piece 'Legends of Cyfarthfa.'

With elements including the music of Joseph Parry, the legendary Cyfarthfa Band and folk songs from Wales, 'Legends of Cyfarthfa' combines multiple musical styles, difficult soloistic and ensemble playing of the highest quality and logistics.

4 Bars Rest commented 'All leeks and daffodils for the Merthyr feature with clever images and touch of hywl to end.'

Highlights of the Tredegar Town Band's winning entertainment performance were played on BBC Radio 2's 'Listen to the Band'. You can hear an excerpt of Legends of Cyfarthfa by clicking here: Recordings

Matthew Hall composition award