The band returns from its summer break on Thursday (17th August: 7.45pm) with MD Ian Porthouse stating that there will be 100% musical focus on the preparation for the British Open Championships at Symphony Hall, Birmingham in a few weeks time (9th September).
Tredegar has won the contest twice in the past few years, with the triumphs of 2010 and 2013 a potent reminder of the level of performance required to lift the most famous trophy in the banding world.
Nothing for granted
However, as Ian pointed out, that was then and this is now - and with perhaps the strongest ever field of rivals to compete against on Thierry Deleruyelle’s set-work, ‘Fraternity’, success cannot be taken for granted, despite coming fifth against Europe’s finest bands in Ostende in May.
“You start from scratch each time you enter a contest,” Ian said.
“You can have no assumptions, and the hard work starts all over again from the first note on the first rehearsal back next week. Everyone has enjoyed a welcome break after a busy first half of the 2017 contest season, so we are all refreshed and eager to go with our focus on one aim only - winning the British Open for a third time.”
We know just how hard it is to win - but we also know we can do it too. The test-piece is one that suits us, but we have to put in a great deal of hard personal, sectional and ensemble work to ensure we perform at our very best at Symphony Hall - Ian Porthouse
Know how to win
He added: “We know just how hard it is to win - but we also know we can do it too. The test-piece is one that suits us, but we have to put in a great deal of hard personal, sectional and ensemble work to ensure we perform at our very best at Symphony Hall.
I can’t wait to get started, and I’m sure the band is just as eager to show what it can do.”
British Open contest
The contest itself on Saturday 9th September at Symphony Hall, Birmingham was sold out many months ago, although Ian has stated that the band will hold a special open rehearsal before they depart – so keep your eyes peeled for further details.