Solo Contest - 2nd November

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 8 September 2014

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We are pleased to announce that our 2nd adjudicator for the Foden's Solo Contest on the 1st November will be our very own Glyn Williams 

Glyn Williams was born in Aberystwyth, where he was introduced to music by his Uncle, and enjoyed playing euphonium with Towyn Silver, Royal Oakley and Menai Bridge, all local bands.

Glyn is recognised as an outstanding soloist in his own right, and as a popular musician with the Foden’s Band. His appointment as solo euphonium in the Band in 1995 has contributed to many contest victories including the Swiss Open, All England Masters, French Open, Brass in Concert, North West Area Finals more than 10 times, the titles of National & British Open Brass Band Champions of Great Britain, English National Champions and All England International Masters Champions. 2012 proved to be a very special year for Glyn and Foden’s as the Band became double Champions, winning both the British Open (where Glyn was awarded “Best Euphonium Soloist”) and the National Championships.

His repertoire, often captured on commercial recordings, is truly impressive and includes performances with National Radio 2 Brass Showcase and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, and as featured soloist at the Annual Tuba and Euphonium Conference. His enviable list of successes includes being awarded winner of the Harry Mortimer Most Outstanding Instrumentalist in his final year at Salford University, Best Brass Instrumentalist at the Urdd Eisteddford and Best Soloist Prize at the French Open and Brass in Concert Entertainment Contests.

During his time with Foden’s, Glyn has been a featured soloist on many CDs and Radio recordings. Breaking with tradition, and undertaking a project that has never before been attempted in the 200 year history of brass banding, Glyn recorded his debut solo CD in 2005, but with a difference; Glyn performs solos not only on euphonium, but also on 7 other instruments, including his voice (well, being a Welshman, he couldn’t resist). The solos are accompanied by the Fodens Band and prove how versatile this man really is, hence the title of the recording: Glyn Williams : Virtuoso.

Glyn recorded his 2nd solo CD, “The Lure of the Red Jacket”, in 2011 and says - “I knew after the release of my first solo CD (Virtuoso) in 2005 that my next offering needed to be of a more serious nature, demonstrating just how far I have come in the 17 years I have been with Foden’s Band. All the pieces included on the new CD have special meaning for me, especially the Andy Scott Concerto which was commissioned for me in early 2011. The title of the CD (taken from the first movement of the Concerto) mirrors my feelings for Foden’s and the attraction it will always have for me. I am extremely grateful to have been accompanied by such a great Band and such great people.” He was delighted that the CD was awarded Brass Band World Solo CD of the Year for 2011.

Glyn’s third solo CD is due to be recorded in Autumn 2014 for release in January 2015 when he will be celebrating 20 years as Solo Euphonium with Foden’s Band.

Glyn regularly appears as guest soloist with bands in the UK, Europe and further afield and is delighted to be able to pass on his experience and expertise as a tutor at the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain. He is also an external performance examiner at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Glyn Williams is also highly regarded as one of the Brass Band world’s up and coming young Musical Directors. He has held the position of Professional Conductor at the Marsden Silver Prize Band since 2004 with great contest success. Highlights have been winning the 2004 First Section at Pontins and then the Championship Section in 2010, winning at the French Open in 2004, a consistent record of wins at the Whit Friday March Contests and other local March Contests and of course the Senior Cup wins of 2009 and 2011. 

Glyn is proud to conduct Marsden Band at the annual Yorkshire Area contest where they hold their heads high competing against some very famous Bands such as Black Dyke, Brighouse & Rastrick and Grimethorpe Colliery. 

Glyn has also appeared as guest conductor with other Championship Section Bands including Hepworth and Foden’s, and in October 2011 travelled to Norway where he spent a week with Molde Brass Band leading them to first place at the Maloy Entertainments Contest. He was a nominee for Conductor of the Year on the internet Brass Band at the end of 2005.

Glyn lives in Saddleworth, the heart of brass banding, with his wife, fellow Foden’s musician, Helen. They run their own business “Glyn Williams Music Ltd” from their home in Delph.
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