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New Year honours and anticipation for Lewis Merthyr

Welsh band pays tribute to stalwart player as they look forward to exciting developments in 2021.

pAUL wILLIAMS
  Paul Williams has been a stalwart of Lewis Merthyr Band for half a century.

The Lewis Merthyr Band welcomed in the New Year by looking forward to a number of exciting developments, including a series of music commissions and concert projects, a new bandroom in Trehafod, and additions to their management team.

2021 also marked the administrative retirement of their stalwart member Paul Williams on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

Respected

A hugely respected player, he has been an integral part of the band in many other roles during half a century of dedicated service.

The band paid tribute with the presentation of a photographic portrait and Welsh slate plaque to thank a man regarded by the Welsh brass band movement as, 'Mr Lewis Merthyr'.

Paul will remain a playing member, Life Member and Trustee of the band, and has been succeeded as Chairperson by Robert Smith, who in turn will be replaced as Claire Thomas. Also joining the 2021 band management team are Rhiannon Griffiths and Amie Roberts.

With a number of new music and concert projects to work on in the months ahead, the band is looking forward to 2021 especially as they will enjoy the benefits of a new rehearsal base at Trehafod Community Village Hall4BR

Exciting projects

With a number of new music and concert projects to work on in the months ahead, the band is looking forward to 2021 especially as they will enjoy the benefits of a new rehearsal base at Trehafod Community Village Hall.

The band's 'New Direction' project supported by the Arts Council of Wales will see them explore exciting new repertoire — including Dr Mick Wilson's 'Concerto for Six String Electric Violin & Brass Band' and Gareth Wood's 'Concerto for Harp and Brass Band'.

Hopefully there will also be the opportunity for the band to be part of the ambitious Rhondda Arts Festival with a work that commemorates the Tonypandy Riots.

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