It was a successful morning for Seindorf Beaumaris at the annual North Wales Rally in Ysgol Brynhyfryd, Ruthin on Staurday as thje Youth Band and Senior Band swept the board in their respective categories.
The Senior Band were competing at the Rally for the first time since winning the Open Section in 2009 and were competing in the Fourth Section for the first time since 1988 and they gave a commendable performance under the baton of their new conductor, Scott Lloyd.
The adjudicator, Andrew Warriner, was very complimentary of the performance of Peter Graham's Northern Landscapes, praising each of the soloists and describing it as a"most enjoyable listen".
The Harry Mortimer Challenge Cup makes a welcome return to the Bandroom in Beaumaris for the first time since Fred Evans led the Beaumaris B Band to the Fourth Section title in 2000. And as well as winning the overall title, Seindorf Beaumaris also won the trophy for the Best March for their rendition of The Chieftain and flugel player, Chris Williams, was awarded the shield for the Best Soloist in Section 4.
The Youth Band were also competing under a new Musical Director as Hefin Evans took the reins with the young musicians for the first time.
Unfortunately, for the first time since 2006, Beaumaris were the only Youth Band to compete in Section 6A, however the adjudicator was full of praise for the band's performance Peter Graham's The Haselmere Suite.
As well as praising the Musical Director's "excellent direction" and the band's "musicality" he ended his adjudication simply by writing "OK - I'm just going to listen and enjoy now!"
Erin Maloney (Cornet) secured the trophy for Best Soloist in the Youth Section with Beaumaris' percussion section also collecting the Joy Soffe Trophy for the Best Percussion Section in the Youth competitions.