Brass Beaumaris will be battling against another top 11 woodwind, brass and jazz bands for a place in the final of S4C’s prestigious competition Band Cymru 2016.
The semi-finals are taking place in Aberystwyth at the town’s Arts Centre on Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10 – and S4C is hoping that hundreds of the bands’ fans and followers will head for the famous Ceredigion seaside resort.
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The other 11 bands who have made it through to the Band Cymru semi-finals are Band BTM, RWCMD Brass Band, Band Dinas Caerdydd 1 (Melingruffydd), Band Llaneurgain (Northop), Band Llwydcoed, Tongwynlais Temperance Band, Tredegar Town Band, Band Tylorstown, Burry Port Town Band, Cerddorfa Jas y Brifddinas and RWCMD Chamber Winds.
The semi-finals will be shown on S4C when viewers will be able to see which bands will get to the final and compete for the top £10,000 prize.
The final will be held at one of the traditional strongholds of Welsh bands, Treorchy’s Parc and Dare Theatre, on Sunday, 22 May and shown live on S4C.
The channel has also revealed the names of the four bands who will compete in the brand new competition for musicians under 18 years of age, Band Ieuenctid Cymru 2016, with £1,000 up for grabs.
The four bands invited to take part in the final of Band Ieuenctid Cymru 2016 are Greater Gwent Youth Brass Band, Band Jazz Tryfan, Gwent Youth Wind Orchestra and Cardiff and Vale Music Service Youth Jazz Orchestra.
The Band Ieuenctid Cymru 2016 final will also take place at the Parc and Dare Theatre, Treorchy on Saturday, 21 May 2016.
Elen Rhys, S4C’s Entertainment Content Commissioner says, “The Band Cymru 2014 competition certainly caught the imagination of the audience proving that Wales is not only the land of song but of the instrumentalists. S4C is very pleased to be able to extend this competition this time to include a live final and a brand new competition to include youth bands. We will celebrate the sounds of these bands in what promises to be a very exciting competition.”