Tredegar duo feature on Besson Fridays at Home

This evening's episode sees the team of Philip Harper, Steven Mead and Roger Webster joined by the Tredegar Band pairing of Ian Porthouse and Dewi Griffiths.

  Dewi Griffiths and Ian Porthouse have enjoyed plenty of success together

The fifth episode of the 'Besson Fridays at Home' series is being aired tonight (Friday 4th September — 6.00pm GMT) with presenters Philip Harper, Roger Webster and Steven Mead having returned from a 'banding break' to enjoy their summer hols.

Porthouse and Griffiths

For this episode they are joined by the Tredegar Band duo of Musical Director Ian Porthouse and principal cornet Dewi Griffiths to talk about their musical lives and opinions,

Both made trips south to eventually, after many a banding detour, to end up in the south Wales valleys — Dewi from the north Wales village of Bethal and Ian from Cumbria.

They have plenty of great stories about how they got there — both playing under Prof David King at YBS for instance.

Both made trips south to eventually, after many a banding detour, to end up in the south Wales valleys — Dewi from the north Wales village of Bethal and Ian from Cumbria4BR


Dewi also talks about his role as one of the ceremonial trumpeters at the National Eisteddfod of Wales alongside his great friend Paul Hughes — one that that has made them some of the most recognisable Welsh faces around the world!

Ian also talks about his journey — from Leyland, Black Dyke YBS and Fairey amongst others beore he got the bug to conduct and eventually ended up heading to Tredegar and leading a band that has gained a well deserved reputation for taking on innovative projects — from ballet at Sadler's Wells to Britain's Got Talent.

All this and more

All this and more — with some great playing tips and even the revelation that Roger has taken to doing some exercise…

In a fortnight's time, Episode Six will feature special guests Stephen and Derick Kane.

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